Category Archives: Regulatory Rollback

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge – Oil and Gas Development

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) consists of more than 19 million acres of wilderness in northeastern Alaska. The refuge includes some of the most pristine, untouched lands and waters within the United States. On December 22, 2017, President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. Section 20001 of the Act authorized oil and gas exploration, leasing, development, and production on ANWR’s Coastal Plain.

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Arctic National Wildlife Refuge – Oil and Gas Development: More Information

Click here to return to our primary page on ANWR, with the current status and discussion of why this rule matters.  History  On December 6, 1960, The Department of the Interior (DOI) designated 9.8 million acres of wilderness in northeastern Alaska as the Arctic National Wildlife Range. Pursuant to the order, DOI was tasked with […]

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National Ocean Policy Executive Order – More Information

Click here to return to our primary page on the National Ocean Policy Executive Order, with the current status and discussion of why this rule matters.  History On June 12, 2009, President Obama established the Interagency Policy Task Force, consisting of senior-level officials from across the Administration. The Task Force conducted in-depth research, hosted roundtables, […]

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National Ocean Policy Executive Order

On June 19, 2018, President Trump issued Executive Order 13840, Ocean Policy to Advance the Economic, Security, and Environmental Interests of the United States. This revokes the 2010 executive order that emphasized environmental stewardship and created the National Ocean Policy.

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CAFE Standards and the California Preemption Plan

The National Highway Traffic Safety Authority (NHTSA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have proposed to treat California’s greenhouse gas standards as preempted by the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA). Here’s our legal analysis of this and the proposed new emissions and fuel economy standards.

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NEPA- Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Click here to return to our primary page on NEPA. On August 22, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) did not properly assess greenhouse gas emission impacts of the Southeast Market Pipelines Project, a three-pipeline project including the Sabal Trail pipeline, […]

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NEPA- USDA / Forest Service

Click here to return to our primary page on NEPA. On January 3, 2018, the Forest Service published an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Request for Comment. The proposed rule seeks to revise the Forest Service’s formal NEPA regulations as well as its internal NEPA procedures. The Forest Service requested comments on: methods to […]

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NEPA Environmental Review Requirements – More Information

Click here to return to our primary page on NEPA. History On February 18, 2010 the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) proposed guidance to agencies for considering greenhouse gas emissions and climate change in NEPA reviews. In December, 2014 CEQ updated its proposal for climate change NEPA guidance. On August 1, 2016 CEQ finalized Guidance on the Consideration of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and the Effects of […]

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NEPA- Department of Interior

Click here to return to our primary page on NEPA. On August 31, 2017, Department of Interior Deputy Secretary Bernhardt issued a memo, in the form of a secretarial order, directing that environmental impact statements must be no longer than 150 pages or 300 pages for “unusually complex projects.” The Secretarial Order No. 3355 was […]

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NEPA- Department of Homeland Security

Click here to return to our primary page on NEPA. On August 2, 2017, John Kelly, former Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, signed a determination waiving NEPA and most major environmental laws as they relate to construction of barriers and roads near San Diego and the U.S.-Mexico border. Congress granted the Secretary of […]

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