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Keystone XL Pipeline

The Environmental Policy Initiative 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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Will 2018 Be the Year of the Bird?

“The National Geographic Society has declared 2018 the Year of the Bird, in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Even so, as underscored by two recent Ninth Circuit rulings and a major Interior Department policy reversal, the MBTA’s precise meaning and reach remain very much a live issue as the […]

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Heavy-duty Truck “Glider Kit” Rule

In response to petitions from the glider industry, EPA published a proposed repeal of the emissions requirements for gliders and is currently reviewing comments on the proposal. At EPA’s request, the emissions requirements have been stayed by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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“Once In Always In” Guidance for Major Sources under the Clean Air Act

On January 25, 2018 EPA issued a memorandum that weakens the pollution control technology requirements for major sources of HAPs, if those sources simply commit to limiting their emissions to the less constraining threshold levels of 10 tons per year for any one HAP, and 25 tons per year for any combination of HAPs.

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Clinic Releases Report on How to Address Climate Change in the Farm Bill

December, 2017 – The Emmett Environmental Law & Policy Clinic has released its new report, “Opportunities to Address Climate Change in the Farm Bill”, which summarizes the Clinic’s proposals for how to address climate change in the Farm Bill, both during the current authorization process and in the future.  The report provides recommendations for both climate mitigation […]

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Konopacky Brings Expertise to Farm Bill Reauthorization

The Harvard Environmental Policy Initiative (EPI) is engaging in reauthorization of the federal farm bill to help cut through the policy failures that are stymying meaningful action to address the nation’s largest water quality challenge – nutrient pollution. Nutrients from agricultural and urban areas and municipal water utilities are overloading water resources, and people are […]

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Public Lands Grazing Rule

BLM recently initiated a demonstration program for outcome-based grazing, which would weaken the stringency of grazing restrictions and accountability standards for permit and lease holders, giving them “an unprecedented level of flexibility in the management of livestock.” BLM is reviewing project proposals for the demonstration program.

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Bristol Bay Pebble Deposit

Because of the potential adverse effects of mining the Pebble deposit, EPA issued a proposed determination for the area. A determination, authorized under the Clean Water Act, permits EPA to restrict the usage of certain waters as disposal sites for mining activities. EPA recently began the process of withdrawing the proposed determination.

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Coal Ash Rule

In response to petitions from industry, EPA is reconsidering certain provisions of the final rule, promulgated in 2014, that aimed to ensure the safe management of coal ash disposal sites.

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Emmett Clinic Files Brief Urging Public Disclosure of Agency Science Documents

On November 20, 2017, the Emmett Environmental Law and Policy Clinic filed a brief in the Ninth Circuit supporting the release of important agency scientific documents under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The Clinic filed the amicus brief on behalf of the Union of Concerned Scientists in a case involving draft Endangered Species Act […]

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