Category Archives: Clinic News

New Report on Regional and Municipal Stormwater Management

The Emmett Environmental Law & Policy Clinic and the Environmental Policy Initiative released a new report, Regional and Municipal Stormwater Management: A Comprehensive Approach.  This report analyzes options for addressing stormwater pollution at both the regional and municipal level, encourages the adoption of green infrastructure by municipalities as a stormwater pollution reduction strategy, and recommends that […]

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The Clinic and Policy Initiative Release New Report on Responding to Landowner Complaints from Oil and Gas Activity

The Emmett Environmental Law & Policy Clinic and the Environmental Policy Initiative released a new report today, Responding to Landowner Complaints of Water Contamination from Oil and Gas Activity: Best Practices.  The report provides recommendations for state lawmakers and agencies to consider implementing to develop robust, comprehensive policies for responding to landowner complaints.  If adopted, these […]

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Clinic Amicus Brief Referenced During Supreme Court Oral Argument

During oral argument in UARG v. EPA, the greenhouse gas permitting case before the U.S. Supreme Court, Solicitor General Don Verrilli, arguing on behalf of EPA, cited the Emmett Environmental Law and Policy Clinic’s amicus brief. The clinic’s brief was filed on behalf of Calpine Corp., a Fortune 500 utility company, and described and defended the […]

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Clinic Files Amicus Briefs in the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Regarding Brockton, MA Power Plant

The Clinic filed two amicus briefs on February 14, 2014 in related cases before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court involving a proposed power plant in Brockton, Massachusetts. In the first case, City of Brockton v. Energy Facilities Siting Board (SJC No. 11406), the questions before the court included whether the Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board (EFSB) […]

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Clinic Files Amicus Brief in U.S. Supreme Court Case, Utility Air Regulatory Group v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

On January 28, 2014, the Clinic filed an amicus brief in the case Utility Air Regulatory Group v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. Nos. 12-1146 and consolidated cases) on behalf of Calpine Corporation.  This case involves challenges to EPA’s regulation of greenhouse gas emissions from stationary sources under the Prevention of Significant Deterioration program of the […]

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Clinic Report Identifies Environmental Performance Indicators for Companies Proposing to Drill in the U.S. Arctic

In December 2013, the Emmett Environmental Law & Policy Clinic released a new report, Suggested Indicators of Environmentally Responsible Performance of Offshore Oil and Gas Companies Proposing to Drill in the U.S. Arctic.  As the offshore oil and gas drilling industry expands into U.S. waters off the coast of Alaska, it is criti­cal that policymakers […]

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New Clinic Report Reviews the Massachusetts Clean Energy and Climate Plan

The Emmett Environmental Law & Policy Clinic released a new report, Beyond the 2020 Plan: A Review of the Massachusetts Clean Energy and Climate Plan, in August 2013.  The report presents a dozen concrete suggestions for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to achieve its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 25% from 1990 levels by […]

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Clinic Study Recommends Changes to State Property Tax Exemption for Solar Projects

A new analysis by the Emmett Environmental Law and Policy Clinic at Harvard Law School recommends the Massachusetts legislature remove confusion about tax incentives for solar photovoltaic (PV) projects, to enable more homeowners and business owners to install renewable energy. Under a state law that dates back to the 1970s, some solar PV installations are […]

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Clinic Publishes White Paper on Offshore Aquaculture

As part of an ongoing collaboration with the Environmental Law Institute and the Ocean Foundation, the Emmett Environmental Law and Policy Clinic issued a new white paper on offshore aquaculture on June 28, 2013.  Offshore Aquaculture Regulation Under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act reviews the applicability of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act […]

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Goho Quoted in News Stories About Dryden Fracking Ordinance Litigation

Clinical Instructor Shaun Goho was quoted in several news stories in recent days regarding a case challenging a local ordinance that bans hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) within the town’s borders. The town of Dryden, New York, banned gas drilling through a revision to its zoning code in 2011.   A gas drilling company that owns leases in […]

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