Category Archives: Policy Initiative

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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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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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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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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Executive Order 13783 – Energy Development

On March 28, 2017 President Trump signed Executive Order 13783 on “Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth” to “promote clean and safe development of our Nation’s vast energy resources, while at the same time avoiding regulatory burdens that unnecessarily encumber energy production, constrain economic growth, and prevent job creation.”

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Freeman and Goffman on Perry’s Plan to Prop up Coal

October 25, 2017 – ELP director Jody Freeman and incoming executive director Joe Goffman call out energy secretary Rick Perry’s anti-market plan to prop up coal and nuclear power in today’s New York Times. This Trump administration attempt “to prop up the struggling coal industry by doing something very un-Republican — subsidizing it,” is based on […]

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Dakota Access Pipeline

The pipeline is built and in operation; in October, 2017 a court rejected efforts to halt operation pending litigation. The tribes have asked for stricter oversight of pipeline operations, which the D.C. District court granted on December 4, 2015.

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