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Konopacky Brings Expertise to Farm Bill Reauthorization

The Harvard Environmental Policy Initiative (EPI) is engaging in reauthorization of the federal farm bill to help cut through the policy failures that are stymying meaningful action to address the nation’s largest water quality challenge – nutrient pollution. Nutrients from agricultural and urban areas and municipal water utilities are overloading water resources, and people are […]

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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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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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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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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 But this rule has been rescinded.

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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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Stream Protection Rule

This rule was developed “in order to avoid or minimize impacts on surface water, groundwater, fish, wildlife, and other natural resources” from coal mining. The rule has been rescinded.

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The Social Cost of Carbon

The Interagency Group on the Social Cost of Greenhouse Gases (GHGs) has been disbanded and the technical documents withdrawn.

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EPA VOC and Methane Standards for Oil and Gas Facilities

This is the first rule to target methane emissions across the natural gas value chain. It also requires methane pollution control at oil wells, where co-produced natural gas is often vented or burned away. EPA must enforce the rule, according to a July 31, 2017 decision by the D.C. Circuit Court.

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