Monthly Archives: April 2018

Farm Bill Law Enterprise Releases Reports

April 26, 2018 — The Farm Bill Law Enterprise (FBLE) released three reports last month examining the debate over the 2018 farm bill, currently being drafted in the House and Senate. Each report focuses on a specific theme: Diversified Agricultural Economies; Food Access, Nutrition and Public Health; and Productivity and Risk Management. Emily Broad Leib, Director of HLS’s Food Law and […]

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Ari Peskoe Speaks at National Conference of Regulatory Attorneys

April 26, 2018 — Yesterday, Electricity Law Initiative Director Ari Peskoe spoke to the National Conference of Regulatory Attorneys (NCRA), an annual gathering that offers educational and networking opportunities specifically tailored to government utility regulatory attorneys. Peskoe’s talk explored recent federal court decisions and FERC orders that interpret the jurisdictional line between state and federal […]

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Regional Haze Rule

EPA is reviewing certain aspects of a final rule promulgated in 2016 that is intended to ensure that states continue to make progress towards long-term visibility goals. On April 12, 2018, President Trump directed the Administrator of EPA, Scott Pruitt, to review EPA’s engagement with states as part of the regional haze program.

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Regional Haze: State Implementation Plans

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. If you’re a reporter and would like to speak with an expert on this rule please email us.  Why It Matters Haze occurs when small particles of air pollution scatter and absorb sunlight, […]

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“Power Over the Twenty-First Century Electric Grid” -Ari Peskoe

Regulation of the U.S. electricity industry is split primarily between state public utility commissions (PUCs) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) along jurisdictional lines established by Congress nearly a century ago. The division of authority outlined in the Federal Power Act (FPA) accords with the industry’s structure and technology that existed at the time.

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Misleading on Climate Change Science

The EPA distributed “talking points” to its regional offices instructing them to use language that casts doubt on the validity of climate change science. In spite of overwhelming consensus in the scientific community that human-caused climate change is a serious threat that requires immediate action, the EPA under the Trump administration repeatedly cast doubt on […]

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Changing What Science the EPA Will Consider – Part I

The EPA intends to change which scientific studies it will consider in a thinly-veiled attempt to undermine settled conclusions about the health impacts of air pollution. This is Part 1 of 3. Click here for Part 2 and here for Part 3. The EPA has historically relied on the best available peer-reviewed science in carrying out […]

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