Category Archives: Policy Initiative

Defining Waters of the United States

Why it Matters This rule defines the streams and wetlands that are protected by the Clean Water Act. A narrow definition would leave wetlands and intermittent streams vulnerable to pollution from things like concentrated animal feedlots (CAFOs), industrial facilities, and urban stormwater. It would also constrain  pollution prevention efforts by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) […]

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Hydraulic Fracturing (Fracking) on Federal and Indian Lands

The Environmental Policy Initiative will be publishing a series of blogs tracking the environmental regulatory rollbacks of the Trump administration. The first in our series focuses on the efforts to regulate fracking on federal lands. It gives background and a timeline of events, including this week’s ruling. Why it Matters The federal Bureau of Land […]

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Peskoe Discusses Wholesale Electricity Markets and State Roles in DC

On September 13, Ari Peskoe delivered the Energy Bar Association’s semi-annual “Author Talk,” to discuss his latest article. Peskoe’s paper, which was the featured article in the most recent issue of Energy Law Journal, is about integrating state renewable energy and carbon reduction policies into FERC-regulated electricity markets. The article concludes that FERC’s legal authority is […]

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EPI Hosts Mississippi River Basin Stakeholder Forum on Nutrient Pollution

The Environmental Policy Initiative and the University of Minnesota Water Resources Center convened Mississippi River Basin government and conservation district stakeholders on August 31, 2017, in St. Paul, MN. The workshop examined how to encourage small-scale watershed planning to identify farm conservation projects to improve water quality.  EPI attorney and watershed policy fellow Jamie Konopacky […]

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Nothing New in Department of Energy Grid Study

Ari Peskoe – August 24, 2017 In April, Secretary of Energy Rick Perry issued a memo to Department of Energy (DOE) staff, requesting a study of electricity markets and reliability, with a focus on whether “baseload” power plants are being: 1) harmed by EPA regulations and renewable energy programs and 2) adequately compensated for the […]

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Fracking and Drinking Water: Konschnik Speaks at NGA’s Water Policy Institute

ELP Executive Director Kate Konschnik spoke at the National Governors Association’s Water Policy Institute in Annapolis on August 8, about protecting drinking water while developing shale energy. The National Governors Association hosted the two-day conference to inform state advisers about new research and best practices in water management, covering topics such as infrastructure, conservation, financing, […]

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Konopacky Hosts Briefing for Hill Staff on Clean Water and the Farm Bill

On July 11, Environmental Policy Initiative attorney and watershed policy fellow Jamie Konopacky traveled to Washington, DC to host briefings on and off Capitol Hill for Congressional staff and environmental and policy groups. 25 key agriculture staff from Democratic and Republic offices and several groups attended the events. Briefing participants were introduced to the new […]

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Konopacky Talks Clean Water: How Wisconsin Shows the Way Forward

Runoff carrying nutrients and sediment from urban and agricultural areas impairs water quality across the US. Managing this pollution can be very challenging, but attorney and Environmental Policy Initiative Fellow Jamie Konopacky suggests a better way forward using Wisconsin as a case study. In her new article “Battling the (Algae) Bloom: Watershed Policies and Plans in Wisconsin,” in […]

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Policy Initiative Convenes Experts to Discuss Future of Electricity Regulation

On July 25, the Harvard Environmental Policy Initiative convened a stellar cast of energy law faculty, current and former public utility commissioners, and other industry experts to discuss the legal framework for tomorrow’s electricity sector. EPI co-hosted the Nashville workshop with Duke University’s Nicholas Institute and the University of North Carolina’s Center for Climate, Energy, […]

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EPI Director Konschnik Discusses Hydraulic Fracturing Reporting at Harvard Kennedy School

Kate Konschnik, founding Director of the Harvard Environmental Policy Initiative, presented at the New Directions in Regulation seminar series, hosted by the Harvard Kennedy School Regulatory Policy Program, on September 17. Her presentation, Hydraulic Fracturing Chemicals Reporting and Disclosure: Analysis of FracFocus Data and Lessons Learned, discussed the challenges and opportunities for improvement in industry […]

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