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Students Meet Slithery Subject of Lawsuit

The students in Professor Lazarus’s Advanced Environmental Law course recently had a close encounter with the species they have been studying. The class has been studying a legal challenge to a Fish and Wildlife Service regulation seeking to restrict the interstate trade of some anaconda and python species. The case, U.S. Association of Reptile Keepers […]

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Watch Freeman and Lazarus Discuss Clean Power Plan Outlook

Harvard Law School faculty members Jody Freeman and Richard Lazarus and Environmental Policy Initiative Director Kate Konschnik recently discussed the Supreme Court and the future of the Clean Power Plan. Their conversation, hosted by the Harvard University Center for the Environment, is available to view online. As leading experts on the Clean Power Plan, Freeman and Lazarus assessed the impact of the […]

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ELP Attorneys File Clean Power Plan Briefs in D.C. Circuit and Provide Analysis

In early April, the Harvard Environmental Law Program team filed two amicus briefs in support of the Clean Power Plan in the D.C. Circuit. Professors Freeman and Lazarus authored a brief on behalf of former EPA Administrators William D. Ruckelshaus and William K. Reilly. Emmett Environmental Law and Policy Clinic attorneys Shaun Goho and Aladdine Joroff […]

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Professor Lazarus Leads Environmental Law Workshop at University of Tehran

Professor Richard Lazarus recently led a three-day workshop on environmental law at the University of Tehran in Iran focused on the challenges of environmental lawmaking in the United States and Iran. Roughly forty graduate students and government officials attended the workshop. Over three days, Professor Lazarus introduced and led discussion of several major challenges of […]

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Professor Freeman Authors Foreign Affairs Analysis

Professor Freeman has written an assessment of the impact of Clean Power Plan litigation on the international climate agreement in Foreign Affairs. In “Obama’s Climate Challenge,” Professor Freeman argues that, “It is an overstatement […] to suggest that the success of international climate negotiations rests on the fate of the Clean Power Plan in U.S. […]

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Update on the Clean Power Plan: The Knowns and Unknowns

By Jody Freeman & Richard Lazarus (Originally posted on the American College of Environmental Lawyers Blog) State Reactions to the Stay Now that the Supreme Court has stayed the Clean Power Plan, States are in the process of deciding whether or not to proceed with implementation planning, and if so, at what pace to do […]

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Clinic’s Jacobs, Goho Co-Author Commentary on Health Benefits of Mercury Regulation

Clinic Director Wendy Jacobs and Staff Attorney Shaun Goho recently co-authored a perspective commentary with faculty from several universities and departments, including Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and Syracuse University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science, on how the benefits associated with mercury emissions reductions outweigh the costs to industry. The commentary […]

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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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