Emmett Clinic Files Amicus Briefs on Behalf of Local Elected Officials in Support of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante

November 19, 2018 – The Emmett Environmental Law & Policy Clinic filed amicus briefs today in support of lawsuits challenging President Trump’s shrinking of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments.  The Clinic filed the briefs on behalf of 21 local elected officials from Utah, led by Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski, Boulder […]

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Professor Robert Anderson files Professors’ Amicus on Bears Ears

11/19/18 Oneida Indian Nation Visiting Professor and leading expert on Public Lands and Indian law Robert Anderson filed an amicus brief with Sarah Krakoff Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Research and Moses Lasky Professor of Law at the University of Colorado, signed by 13 law professors from multiple universities, as part of the challenge to the Trump administration’s actions to […]

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Podcast with Cynthia Giles – EPA Enforcement of Oil & Gas

Our executive director Joe Goffman recently interviewed Cynthia Giles, former Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance for the entire Obama Presidency. Cynthia and Joe talk about the Trump EPA’s enforcement policies, including a recent initiative focusing on the oil and gas industry, and the impact they have on air quality and public […]

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Beyond the Waiver: EPA’s Plan to End State GHG Vehicle Standards

November 5, 2018 EPA’s Stealth Reinterpretation of Section 177 and What It Means for State Climate Efforts Michelle Melton, JD 2019 This blog is the third in a series on the legal landscape surrounding California’s Clean Air Act waiver to set vehicle greenhouse gas standards. The first post examined the potential for preemption by the […]

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Emmett Clinic Files Comments on EPA’s Proposal to Repeal the Clean Power Plan

October 31, 2018 – The Clinic submitted comments on EPA’s proposal to repeal the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan and replace it with the “Affordable Clean Energy” rule (the “Proposal”), which would significantly weaken the regulation of greenhouse gas emissions from existing coal and natural gas fired power plants.  The comments focused on fundamental flaws […]

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Review of New Source Review Changes in Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) Proposal

Harvard Law School’s Environmental & Energy Law Program (EELP) has prepared a Memorandum on EPA’s Proposed Changes to New Source Review in ACE, available for download here. October 29, 2018 The Trump administration’s Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) proposal to replace the Clean Power Plan (CPP) includes an amendment to the Clean Air Act (CAA) New Source Review […]

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Emmett Clinic Files Comments Opposing EPA and NHTSA’s Proposed Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient Vehicles Rule

October 26, 2018 – Today, the Emmett Clinic submitted comments opposing the Environmental Protection Agency and National Highway Transportation Safety Administration’s Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient Vehicles Rule.  This rule would freeze greenhouse gas emission and fuel economy standards for cars and light trucks, thereby undermining one of the main pillars of U.S. efforts to address climate […]

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Peskoe Discusses Distributed Energy Resources with State Regulators

October 26, 2018 Last week, Electricity Law Initiative Director Ari Peskoe presented his recent paper about regulation of distributed energy resources to the Organization of MISO States (OMS). OMS is a committee of state regulators from 15 midwestern and southeastern states whose utilities participate in the regional electricity market operated by the Midcontinent ISO (MISO). […]

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Subverting the Process of Setting Health-Based Air Quality Standards: Part II

In its latest two-step, the EPA once again is deliberately narrowing the frame through which it obtains scientific analysis of the link between air pollution and public health. First, the agency is excluding qualified scientists from the Clean Air Science Advisory Committee (CASAC), the independent group charged by the Clean Air Act with providing the […]

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Caitlin McCoy speaks on Local GHG Reductions, Clean Water Rule

October 24, 2018 Environmental & Energy Law Program Fellow Caitlin McCoy spoke at the Maryland Journal of International Law’s Fall Symposium, “Transnational Perspectives on U.S. Withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement” on September 27. The symposium brought together international and environmental law experts—from lawyers to academics and beyond—to discuss the issues with U.S. withdrawal from […]

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