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Chlorpyrifos Pesticide Use

On April 5, 2017 EPA formally denied a petition by environmental groups to ban all food applications of the pesticide, and stated it will delay reassessment until the statutory deadline of October 1, 2022.

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BLM Land Use Planning 2.0

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 Bureau of Land Management (BLM) manages over 260 million acres of land and 700 million acres of subsurface mineral rights. This rule was crafted to bring more stakeholders […]

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Stream Protection Rule

This rule was developed “in order to avoid or minimize impacts on surface water, groundwater, fish, wildlife, and other natural resources” from coal mining. The rule has been rescinded.

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Environmental Law Program Announces New Executive Director

Joseph Goffman, who, over a 30-year career, has shaped environmental law and policy at the highest levels of the Executive branch and as a senior congressional staffer, will join the Law School’s Environmental Law Program  in November, 2017 as Executive Director. ELP Faculty Director Jody Freeman says “Joe is a fantastic addition to our program, bringing […]

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Emmett Clinic Releases Citizen Scientist Manual

The Emmett Environmental Law & Policy Clinic is pleased to share our Manual for Citizen Scientists Starting or Participating in Data Collection and Environmental Monitoring Projects. We developed this manual to support people who are researching and responding to public health and environmental concerns. Whether collecting, generating, analyzing, or distributing information, citizens from all backgrounds […]

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The Social Cost of Carbon

The Interagency Group on the Social Cost of Greenhouse Gases (GHGs) has been disbanded and the technical documents withdrawn.

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Oil and Gas 111b Methane Rule

This is the first rule to target methane emissions across the natural gas value chain. It also requires methane pollution control at oil wells, where co-produced natural gas is often vented or burned away. EPA must enforce the rule, according to a July 31, 2017 decision by the D.C. Circuit Court.

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New Source Performance Standards

This rule, also known as “Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from New, Modified, and Reconstructed Power Plants,” regulates carbon pollution from new or refurbished power plants. The rule is in effect; litigation is suspended indefinitely -North Dakota v. EPA, No. 15-1381.

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Municipal Solid Waste Landfill New Source Performance Standards

Litigation is pending over the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) delay of the rule while it reconsiders the rule. When the waste in landfills decomposes, methane, carbon dioxide, and other often toxic gases are released. These rules require emissions reductions from municipal landfills, targeting the powerful greenhouse gas methane.

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Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS)

On April 27, 2017 the D.C. Circuit removed the argument from its calendar,  suspending the case indefinitely, and directed EPA to file 90-day status reports.

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