Monthly Archives: February 2018

Hiding Information

The EPA has hidden access to information on its website about climate change. The American public relies on EPA’s website for detailed and dependable information about critical environmental subjects, including climate change. On April 28, 2017, the EPA announced it was updating its website to “reflect the agency’s new direction under President Donald Trump and […]

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Political Vetting of Grants

The EPA has long relied on competitive merits-based grant-making to support activities that deliver critical environmental improvements, pollution reductions, and public education. Until now, grant applications have been evaluated by career professional staff exclusively for their technical merit, and not on the basis of partisan political considerations. Now, the EPA has assigned a political appointee […]

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Centralizing EPA’s Compliance Information Requests

Collecting information is critical to many of EPA’s tasks, especially those that ensure polluters are complying with the law and, for purposes of assuring compliance or of enforcement, detecting sources that are not. EPA’s ten regional offices, acting on their own authority, are instrumental in this type of information collection. This process has been slowed, […]

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New Source Review Enforcement Memo

For years, EPA embraced its obligation to ensure that polluters estimated potential future emissions increases accurately, since those estimates are the cornerstone of a Clean Air Act program aimed at limiting local air pollution increases. Now, it has stepped away from that obligation. The New Source Review (NSR) program is a long-established set of Clean […]

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Removing Scientists from Advisory Panels

The EPA has removed qualified academics from its advisory panels and replaced them with industry scientists. Advisory committees provide the EPA independent, expert advice on an array of issues the agency must consider and tasks it must perform that entail science-intensive analysis or judgment. These include advising the agency on – to cite but a […]

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Can EPA Maintain Its Mission?

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The Settlement Memo

The EPA has changed its policy on litigation in ways that make it harder for citizens and courts to hold the agency accountable when it fails to do its job. Our major environmental laws, such as the Clean Air Act (CAA) and Clean Water Act, contain provisions that require the EPA to take certain actions […]

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Emmett Clinic Drafts Amicus Brief Explaining Dicamba Harms

Today, the Emmett Clinic filed an amicus brief in a 9th Circuit case challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s approval of Monsanto’s XtendiMax—a new formulation of the highly-volatile and toxic herbicide dicamba.  EPA conditionally approved the product in 2016, based in part on Monsanto’s assurances that its formulation was less volatile than previous dicamba formulations.  Environmental […]

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Emmett Clinic Files Brief Supporting Chlorpyrifos Ban

The Emmett Clinic filed an amicus brief today in a 9th Circuit case challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s failure to ban agricultural uses of the organophosphate chlorpyrifos.  In 2016, EPA had proposed to remove all food tolerances for chlorpyrifos under the Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act—an action that would have prohibited all use of the […]

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Keystone XL Pipeline

The Environmental & Energy Law Program is tracking the environmental regulatory rollbacks of the Trump administration. Click here for the list of rules we are following.  Why it matters The Keystone XL pipeline is a proposed extension of the existing Keystone Pipeline System, which currently transports up to 600,000 barrels of oil per day between Canada and the […]

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