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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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Professor Lazarus Notches Supreme Court Victory for Land Use Regulation

On June 23, 2017, the Supreme Court upheld Wisconsin and St. Croix County land use regulations written to protect a Wild and Scenic River. Professor Richard Lazarus argued the case on behalf of the regulators before the Supreme Court in March.Justice Kennedy wrote the majority opinion, finding that the state and local regulations preventing separate […]

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Policy Initiative Releases Report on Alternative Dispute Resolution at Public Utility Commissions

The Policy Initiative released a report on the use of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) at public utility commissions (PUCs). ADR processes and practices offer informal means for settling conflicts, sharing information, and reaching consensus on public policy. The report discusses considerations for using ADR at Commissions and highlights how regulators across the country incorporate ADR […]

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Lazarus Argues Before Supreme Court

Monday, March 20 was a busy day in Washington, DC, including at the Supreme Court. Professor Richard Lazarus argued before the Supreme Court in Murr v. Wisconsin. The case addresses an important regulatory takings issue stemming from the 1978 case Penn Central Transportation Co. v. New York City. The Court is considering how to define […]

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Konopacky Presents Watershed Management Findings at Symposium

EPI fellow Jamie Konopacky attended and presented at the 9th annual watershed management symposium focused on urban and agricultural collaborations in Dubuque Iowa on February 9. Jamie discussed topics covered in her forthcoming publications. The first part of her talk focused on developing a healthy watershed policy matrix through amendments to and integration of Clean […]

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Konschnik’s Study Finds High Level of Hydraulic Fracking Well Spills

A new study co-authored by Harvard Environmental Policy Initiative Director Kate Konschnik in the journal Environmental Science & Technology used state-level data to assess the scope and frequency of spills at hydraulic fracturing wells. The research also uncovers the inconsistent state reporting schemes for well spills, which Konschnik calls “scattershot.” Using data from four states, […]

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ELP Hosts Environmental Law Boot Camp on Capitol Hill

In the early days of the 115th Congress, many proposals are being floated to disapprove of recently promulgated federal agency environmental regulations and amend environmental statutes. On January 25, Harvard Law School’s Environmental Law Program provided an environmental law “boot camp” to Capitol Hill staffers to provide an overview of major environmental statutes, recent agency […]

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What’s Ahead in the Trump Administration: Freeman & Lazarus Discuss Historic Shift on Environment

On January 30, Professors Jody Freeman and Richard Lazarus gave a talk at Harvard Law School examining why the Trump administration portends a historic shift on environmental and energy policy. The event, which was standing room only, drew a wide range of students from across the university and community members. Freeman and Lazarus addressed what […]

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Professor Jody Freeman on Trump’s “2 for 1” Executive Order

January 30, 2017 Trump’s new Executive Order titled “Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs” requires that two rules be “identified for elimination” for every new one proposed. This policy of “2 for 1” regulations is arbitrary, not implementable, and a terrible idea. The purpose of an order like this is to strangle even the most […]

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Clinic Files Amicus Brief in the D.C. Circuit in Support of Mercury and Air Toxics Rule

On January 25, 2017, the Clinic filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in Murray Energy Corporation, et al. v. United States Environmental Protection Agency, et al. on behalf of Elsie M. Sunderland and eight other scientists in the latest round of the Mercury and Air Toxics Rule […]

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