Category Archives: Policy Initiative

EPI Submits Comments on ‘Resiliency Rule’

October 18, 2017 — The Environmental Policy Initiative submitted comments today to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commssion (FERC) on the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR). The NOPR invokes a rarely used authority that allows DOE to propose a rule under the Federal Power Act. If finalized, the rule would effectively subsidize coal […]

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Policy Initiative Hosts Workshop on the Future of Electricity Markets

On October 13, the Environmental Policy Initiative welcomed a group of  consumer advocates, former state regulators, environmental advocates, economic analysts, wholesale electricity market participants, and law professors to discuss the future of wholesale electricity markets. Ari Peskoe and Kate Konschnik of EPI facilitated the workshop which focused on how regulatory models may inhibit or foster the […]

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Consolidated Federal Oil and Gas and Federal and Indian Coal Valuation Reform Rule

Properly valuing revenues from publicly held mineral rights provides certainty to lessees about their investments and ensures taxpayers get a fair return for their public resources. But this rule has been rescinded.

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Oil and Gas Methane Information Collection Request

On November 10, 2016 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued an Information Collection Request (ICR) to operators, asking them to identify ways to control methane from existing oil and gas sources. The request has been cancelled.

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Disposable Plastic Water Bottle Ban

On August 16, 2017 the memorandum on bottles was discontinued, and the National Park Service no longer discouraged the sale of disposable plastic water bottles.

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Power Plant Effluent Limits

Industry groups sued the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over the original rule, but the Trump EPA has delayed compliance deadlines as they reconsider the rule. The initial challenge by industry groups to the Obama EPA rule has been stayed.

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Greater Sage-Grouse Protection

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has issued a “Notice of Intent to Amend Land Use Plans Regarding Greater Sage-Grouse Conservation and Prepare Associated Environmental Impact Statements or Environmental Assessments.” The proposed amendments shift management plans to the states, forgoing the habitat plan that was developed among the Western states and land users, and BLM and the U.S. Forest Service.

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Announcing our Environmental Regulation Rollback Tracker

In order to keep tabs on the environmental regulatory rollbacks of the Trump Administration, we have launched a new tracker: a table of rules that are under threat or have been overturned, with links to pages for each rule that describe what’s at stake, the current status, and history of the rule development and rollback efforts. […]

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Pacific Bycatch Limits for Whales, Dolphins, and Sea Turtles

Whales, dolphins, turtles, and many other species are hauled up dead or dying in gillnets (called this because they entangle fish by their gills) used to catch swordfish. The rule to limit bycatch from gillnets in the Pacific fishery has been withdrawn.

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DOI Coal Leasing Moratorium

The Department of the Interior (DOI) manages 700 million acres of subsurface mineral rights. DOI halted coal leasing to review how to address the program’s health and environmental impacts and ensure taxpayers get a fair return for their public resources.

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