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Environmental Policy Initiative Submits Comments to EPA on CO2 Trading

The Environmental Policy Initiative submitted comments to EPA on the Clean Power Plan Federal Plan and Model Trading Rules.  In August, EPA released the final Clean Power Plan rule, which tasks states with developing plans to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants.  EPA also proposed model trading rules that states could adopt as […]

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EPI Director Konschnik Publishes FracFocus Findings

December 8, 2015 Harvard Environmental Policy Initiative Director Kate Konschnik and Archana Dayalu of Harvard University published their findings on hydraulic fracturing chemical reporting in an article in Energy Policy, Hydraulic fracturing chemicals reporting: Analysis of available data and recommendations for policymakers (January 2016). FracFocus contains the most comprehensive dataset on fracturing chemicals, but the […]

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Professors Freeman and Lazarus to Write Clean Power Plan Brief

December 3, 2015 President Obama’s Clean Power Plan will reduce greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants, the single largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the nation. Today, former EPA Administrators William D. Ruckelshaus and William K. Reilly moved to participate in litigation challenging the rule in the D.C. Circuit. William D. Ruckelshaus served […]

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Harvard Law School Oil and Gas Discussion Group Launches

The Harvard Law School Oil and Gas Discussion Group launched its 2015-2016 program. The Discussion Group enables graduate students to share their research in a dynamic, multi-disciplinary setting. Participants are studying more than half a dozen disciplines at Harvard Business School, the Harvard Faculty of Arts & Sciences, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Harvard Kennedy […]

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Lazarus Seminar Visits Supreme Court

On October 14, Professor Lazarus’s Supreme Court and Environmental Law seminar visited the Supreme Court to watch oral argument in Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) v. Electric Power Supply Association. The court considered whether FERC has the authority to promulgate a rule that allows operators of wholesale-electricity markets to pay for reductions in electricity consumption—demand […]

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Watch Freeman and Lazarus Supreme Court Review & Preview

On October 5, Professor Freeman and Professor Lazarus presented a comprehensive review of the Supreme Court’s key environmental cases of the last term and a preview of the October Term 2015. The event, hosted by the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) and presented to an online audience and a packed house at Harvard Law School, is […]

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Students to Host Environmental Justice Panel and Toxic Tour

Please join the Harvard Environmental Law Society for a panel discussion with environmental justice leaders representing from government, non-profits and academia examining the history of environmental justice in greater Boston and the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead. Following the panel, join a group of students at a Toxics Tour of Dudley Square. Sign up […]

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Prof. Lazarus Assesses Recent Supreme Court Ruling

Following the Supreme Court’s decision in Michigan v. EPA, what are the prospects for the EPA Mercury Rule? Perhaps even more significantly, what are the implications of that decision for the EPA as it defends the Clean Power Plan? Prof. Richard Lazarus addresses these questions in a column for the Environmental Law Institute’s Environmental Forum. […]

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ELP Weighs in on EPA’s Final Clean Power Plan

On August 3, 2015, the U.S. EPA issued the final Clean Power Plan, the first-ever federal rule that requires cuts in carbon emissions from existing power plants. Regulated plants can comply by burning cleaner natural gas instead of coal, generating energy from renewable sources, implementing energy efficiency programs, or holding emission reduction credits. ELP faculty […]

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Freeman and Lazarus in The Guardian: the legal and political challenges ahead

In an article published on August 5, Professors Jody Freeman and Richard Lazarus argue that while the Clean Power Plan faces legal challenges, the political risks to the rule may be far greater. EPA’s rule, issued on August 3, sets the first-ever limits on carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants under the Clean Air […]

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