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Can EPA Maintain Its Mission?

Since Donald Trump became President and Scott Pruitt his EPA Administrator, the EPA has worked assiduously to remove, weaken, or delay a host of pollution-cutting rules. As a result, the agency is on a “reverse mission”. Instead of focusing on delivering what the public has always counted on the EPA to deliver – the protection […]

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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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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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