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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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Policy Initiative Releases Paper on FERC and Climate Change

November 27, 2017 — The Policy Initiative released a white paper today about how Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) decisions affect the mix of resources on the electric grid and energy sector greenhouse gas emissions. FERC oversees interstate electricity transmission and wholesale rates as well as interstate natural gas pipelines. The electricity and natural gas […]

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Clinic Releases Report on Sampling Household Tap Water for Lead Contamination

November, 2017 – The Emmett Environmental Law & Policy Clinic has released its new report, “Detecting Lead In Household Tap Water: Sampling Procedures for Water Utilities,” which makes recommendations for how water utilities should sample household tap water to monitor the level of lead in their customers’ drinking water. The paper primarily focuses on sampling carried […]

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Peskoe is Visiting Scholar at Kleinman Center for Energy Policy

Policy Initiative Senior Fellow Ari Peskoe spent a week on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania recently, as a visiting scholar at the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy. While at Penn, Ari was a guest lecturer at Penn Law’s Energy and Climate Change Law course, gave a public talk attended by students, professors, and […]

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Climate Solutions Living Lab Course and Research Project

A new three-year interactive, multi-disciplinary Climate Solutions Living Lab course and research project led by Clinical Professor and Director of Harvard Law School’s Emmett Environmental Law and Policy Clinic, Wendy Jacobs, will focus on studying and designing practical solutions for reducing greenhouse gas emissions at Harvard, in neighboring communities, elsewhere in United States, and abroad. […]

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Uranium Extraction Water Quality Standards

On January 19, 2017 EPA published a new proposed rule with less stringent regulatory requirements “based on public comment and new information received from stakeholders” about the January, 2015 proposal.

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Peskoe Co-Authors Brief in Support of State Authority over Electric Generation

Ari Peskoe, Senior Fellow at the Policy Initiative, and Professor Jim Rossi of Vanderbilt University Law School filed an amicus brief on behalf of nearly twenty energy law professors in the Seventh Circuit case about Illinois’ Zero Emission Credits (ZECs) for nuclear power. The brief argues that Illinois’ ZEC program is consistent with long-standing principles […]

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