Category Archives: Policy Initiative

Regional Haze Rule Rollback

EPA is reviewing certain aspects of a final rule promulgated in 2016 that is intended to ensure that states continue to make progress towards long-term visibility goals. On April 12, 2018, President Trump directed the Administrator of EPA, Scott Pruitt, to review EPA’s engagement with states as part of the regional haze program.

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Regional Haze: State Implementation Plans

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. If you’re a reporter and would like to speak with an expert on this rule please email us.  Why It Matters Haze occurs when small particles of air pollution scatter and absorb sunlight, […]

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“Power Over the Twenty-First Century Electric Grid” -Ari Peskoe

Regulation of the U.S. electricity industry is split primarily between state public utility commissions (PUCs) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) along jurisdictional lines established by Congress nearly a century ago. The division of authority outlined in the Federal Power Act (FPA) accords with the industry’s structure and technology that existed at the time.

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Misleading on Climate Change Science

The EPA distributed “talking points” to its regional offices instructing them to use language that casts doubt on the validity of climate change science. In spite of overwhelming consensus in the scientific community that human-caused climate change is a serious threat that requires immediate action, Administrator Pruitt has repeatedly cast doubt on climate science. This […]

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Changing What Science the EPA Will Consider

The EPA intends to change which scientific studies it will consider in a thinly-veiled attempt to undermine settled conclusions about the health impacts of air pollution. The EPA has historically relied on the best available peer-reviewed science in carrying out its mission. Federal law and good governance require that the EPA consider all available information […]

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FERC Commissioner Supporting State Clean Energy Policies Cites Peskoe Article in Statement

On March 9, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved an ISO-New England capacity market proposal that changes how clean energy resources supported by state policies can participate in the market. According to FERC, the new market design will maintain resource adequacy at just and reasonable rates while allowing state-supported resources to continue to participate. […]

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What Does it Take to Get from Dirty to Clean?

The EPA starts its effort to protect public health and the environment by understanding the problem it is trying to fix. This means: collecting data on what pollution exists, such as by placing air quality monitors in communities or seeking emissions testing from factories; researching how that pollution affects humans and the environment, including laboratory […]

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Migratory Bird Treaty Act

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 Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA), 16 U.S.C. § 703-711, makes it unlawful to take (“harass, harm, pursue, hunt, shoot, wound, kill, trap, capture, or collect, or […]

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Hiding Information

The EPA has hidden access to information on its website about climate change. The American public relies on EPA’s website for detailed and dependable information about critical environmental subjects, including climate change. On April 28, 2017, the EPA announced it was updating its website to “reflect the agency’s new direction under President Donald Trump and […]

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Political Vetting of Grants

The EPA has long relied on competitive merits-based grant-making to support activities that deliver critical environmental improvements, pollution reductions, and public education. Until now, grant applications have been evaluated by career professional staff exclusively for their technical merit, and not on the basis of partisan political considerations. Now, the EPA has assigned a political appointee […]

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