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Climate Guidance for NEPA Reviews

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 This guidance provided standardized guidance for assessing the greenhouse gas footprint of “major federal actions” reviewed under the National Environmental Policy Act, or NEPA. Agencies can use this information […]

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Defining Waters of the United States

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 This rule defines the streams and wetlands that are protected by the Clean Water Act. A narrow definition would leave wetlands and intermittent streams vulnerable to pollution from things […]

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Department of the Interior Regulatory Reform Initiatives

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 Department of the Interior (DOI) have made an unusually broad request for public input on which rules it should target for rollback. It remains unclear how many rules […]

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Hydraulic Fracturing (Fracking) on Federal and Indian Lands

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 federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) manages 258 million acres of public lands, and nearly 700 million acres of sub-surface minerals such as oil and gas. These minerals […]

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National Monuments, Marine National Monuments, & Marine Sanctuaries

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 Our national monuments, marine national monuments, and marine sanctuaries are under threat of being eliminated, reduced in size, opened to commercial fishing, or developed for logging and mineral or […]

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Grid Study / Resiliency Pricing Rule

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 Grid Study suggests that old, inflexible baseload generation is important in a modern electric system. Despite its positive findings about renewables it ignores both the role that distributed […]

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Cross-State Air Pollution Rule and Section 126 Petitions

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 States rely on the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) to protect their residents’ health by reducing smog and soot pollution from upwind sources in other states. Current Status Lawsuits […]

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Methane and Waste Prevention Rule

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 Methane is leaked and flared during oil and gas production. This rule was created to “reduce the waste of natural gas from flaring, venting, and leaks from oil and […]

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Environmental Law Program Seeks Executive Director

The Harvard Law School Environmental Law Program is accepting applications for the position of Executive Director. Please see the following for more information: Executive Director Information and Application Process Well Wishes to our Outgoing Executive Director

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Richard Lazarus: First Monday May Shed Light on Water Case

Who should hear cases on industry challenges to EPA and the Army Corp of Engineers’ definition of “navigable waters?” Federal district courts or the court of appeals?  Federal government attorneys argue that a “pragmatic construction” of the Clean Water Act would send cases with broad policy implications to one of the thirteen appeals courts, rather […]

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