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Power Plant Startup, Shutdown, and Malfunction Rule

The Environmental Policy Initiative is tracking the environmental regulatory rollbacks of the Trump administration. Click here for the list of rules we are following.  Why it Matters Power plants and other industrial sources emit more pollution as they start up, shut down, or when they malfunction than under normal operations. This rule regulates pollution during those […]

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Risk Management Plan / Accidental Release Prevention Requirements

The Environmental Policy Initiative is tracking the environmental regulatory rollbacks of the Trump administration. Click here for the list of rules we are following.  Why it Matters In April, 2013, an explosion in a West Texas fertilizer factory killed 15 people and injured another 180. These rules were designed in part to prevent other accidents like […]

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Climate Guidance for NEPA Reviews

The Environmental Policy Initiative is tracking the environmental regulatory rollbacks of the Trump administration. Click here for the list of rules we are following.  Why it Matters This guidance provided standardized guidance for assessing the greenhouse gas footprint of “major federal actions” reviewed under the National Environmental Policy Act, or NEPA. Agencies can use this information […]

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Department of the Interior Regulatory Reform Initiatives

The Environmental Policy Initiative is tracking the environmental regulatory rollbacks of the Trump administration. Click here for the list of rules we are following.  Why it Matters The Department of the Interior (DOI) have made an unusually broad request for public input on which rules it should target for rollback. It remains unclear how many rules […]

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National Monuments, Marine National Monuments, & Marine Sanctuaries

The Environmental Policy Initiative is tracking the environmental regulatory rollbacks of the Trump administration. Click here for the list of rules we are following.  Why it Matters Our national monuments, marine national monuments, and marine sanctuaries are under threat of being eliminated, reduced in size, opened to commercial fishing, or developed for logging and mineral or […]

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Grid Study / Resiliency Pricing Rule

The Environmental Policy Initiative is tracking the environmental regulatory rollbacks of the Trump administration. Click here for the list of rules we are following.  Why it Matters The Grid Study suggests that old, inflexible baseload generation is important in a modern electric system. Despite its positive findings about renewables it ignores both the role that distributed […]

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Cross-State Air Pollution Rule and Section 126 Petitions

The Environmental Policy Initiative is tracking the environmental regulatory rollbacks of the Trump administration. Click here for the list of rules we are following.  Why it Matters States rely on the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) to protect their residents’ health by reducing smog and soot pollution from upwind sources in other states. Current Status Lawsuits […]

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Environmental Law Program Seeks Executive Director

The Harvard Law School Environmental Law Program is accepting applications for the position of Executive Director. Please see the following for more information: Executive Director Information and Application Process Well Wishes to our Outgoing Executive Director

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Richard Lazarus: First Monday May Shed Light on Water Case

Who should hear cases on industry challenges to EPA and the Army Corp of Engineers’ definition of “navigable waters?” Federal district courts or the court of appeals?  Federal government attorneys argue that a “pragmatic construction” of the Clean Water Act would send cases with broad policy implications to one of the thirteen appeals courts, rather […]

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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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