ATTORNEY GENERAL XAVIER BECERRA
TOTAL ACTIONS: 66

Updated June 12, 2018

JUNE 2018

June 4, 2018
Joined Suit Challenging Arbitrary 2-for-1 Executive Order
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum filed a motion to intervene in Public Citizen, Inc., et al. vs. Trump, et. al. to challenge a Trump Executive Order that requires most federal agencies to repeal at least two existing regulations for every new major regulation an agency issues.  The executive order instructs federal agencies to focus on cost burdens to industry and discount the societal benefits of environmental, health and safety measures.
[ Motion | 2 AGs: California; Oregon]


MAY 2018

May 31, 2018
Sued EPA Over Failure to Implement Landfill Methane Regulation
A coalition of eight Attorneys General filed a lawsuit against the EPA over its failure to implement and enforce a critical landfill methane regulation. The regulation would reduce landfill emissions of volatile organic compounds, hazardous air pollutants, carbon dioxide, and methane. It went into effect on October 28, 2016, but the EPA has not implemented or enforced it.
[ Complaint | 8 AGs: California; Illinois; Maryland; New Mexico; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; Vermont ]


May 31, 2018
Sued EPA to Protect Workers from Pesticide Poisoning
New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood filed a lawsuit along with California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh against the EPA over its decision to suspend critical safeguards protecting agricultural workers from pesticides. EPA suspended the new training requirements under the Agricultural Work Protection Standard without following the necessary public notice and comment procedures. The lawsuit being brought by the attorneys general asserts that the EPA's suspension is arbitrary and capricious and in violation of the Administrative Procedures Act. In June, the EPA reversed its decision announced that it would publish the expanded safety training materials.
[ Complaint | 3 AGs: California; Maryland; New York ]


May 14, 2018
Filed Notice of Intent to Sue U.S. Section of the International Boundary and Water Commission
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board today submitted to the United States Section of the International Boundary and Water Commission (the U.S. Commission) a 60-Day Notice of Intent to Sue. In the Notice, Attorney General Becerra and the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board allege that the U.S. Commission, from 2015 to the present, has allowed more than 12 million gallons of wastewater that flows from the Tijuana River Watershed in Mexico into California to go untreated, in violation of the Clean Water Act.
[ Notice | 1 AG: California]


May 7, 2018
Submitted letter to EPA Administrator on Proposal to Limit Science in Rulemaking
Eight attorneys general submitted a letter to Administrator Scott Pruitt requesting that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) halt its proposed rule to limit the use of scientific evidence in rulemakings. The letter also urged EPA to consult with the National Academies of Sciences before moving forward with any proposed changes to how EPA uses science in its regulatory process. In the event that EPA is unwilling to withdraw the proposal, the attorneys general also requested an extension of time for filing comments.
Release | Letter | 8 AGs: California; Delaware; Iowa; Maine; Minnesota; New York; Pennsylvania; and Washington, D.C.]


May 2, 2018
Filed Comments Challenging Proposed Rollbacks of Penalties for Fuel Economy Violations
Thirteen attorneys general submitted comments to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) over a proposal to cut by over 60 percent the penalty to automakers for violating national fuel economy standards. The AGs argued that NHTSA has no authority to reduce the penalty, and that the rollback is "arbitrary and capricious," and will undermine national fuel economy standards by slashing the penalties that incentivize automakers to comply with them.
[ Comments |13 AGs: California; Delaware; Illinois; Iowa; Maryland; Massachusetts; New Jersey; New York; Oregon; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; and Washington, D.C.]


May 1, 2018
Sued EPA for Proposal to Roll Back Vehicle Emissions Standards
18 attorneys general filed a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for beginning the process of rolling back critical vehicle emissions standards that help to ensure clean air. The lawsuit seeks to set aside and hold unlawful EPA's effort to weaken national clean car standards by tossing out greenhouse gas emissions standards for model year 2022-2025 vehicles.
[Release | Lawsuit | 18 AGs: California; Connecticut; Delaware; Illinois; Iowa; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Minnesota; New Jersey; New York; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; and Washington, D.C.]


APRIL 2018

April 26, 2018
Filed Comments Calling for Recusal of EPA Administrator from CPP
Ten attorneys general as well as six municipalities filed a supplemental comment letter "on the lack of due process and fairness resulting from Administrator Scott Pruitt's prejudgment of the outcome of the rulemaking to repeal the Clean Power Plan  and the procedural failure of Environmental Protection Agency to disqualify Administrator Pruitt from all aspects of this rulemaking given his closed mind."
[Release | Comments | 10 AGs: California; Delaware; Illinois; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; New Mexico; Oregon; Washington; and Washington, D.C.]


April 26, 2018
Filed Comments to Defend the Clean Power Plan
Nineteen attorneys general filed comments with the EPA to defend the Clean Power Plan (CPP) and oppose the "unlawful and unsupported" repeal proposed by EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. "EPA's proposed repeal of the Clean Power Plan is contrary to the Clean Air Act and arbitrary and capricious. To propose to repeal the Plan-without having first put in place a replacement rule that requires equivalent or greater pollution reductions-is nothing less than an abdication of EPA's duty to protect public health and welfare from what it has recognized to be the nation's most urgent environmental threat," wrote the attorneys general.
[ReleaseComments | 19 AGs: California; Connecticut; Delaware; Hawai'i; Illinois; Iowa; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; North Carolina; New Mexico; New York; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; and Washington, D.C.]


April 23, 2018
Filed Comments to Defend the Methane Waste Prevention Rule
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas submitted comments to the Bureau of Land Management, "in opposition to the proposal by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management ('BLM') to rescind or revise certain requirements of its 2016 final rule governing the prevention of waste from oil and gas operations on federal and Indian lands."
[ Comments | 2 AGs: California; New Mexico]


April 10, 2018
Sued EPA for Illegal Repeal of "Once In, Always In" Rule that Restricts Toxic Air Pollution
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced a new lawsuit against EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt for its illegal attempt to repeal the “Once In, Always In” policy that requires major industrial sources of hazardous air pollutants to permanently keep toxics pollution controls in place. Attorney General Becerra is “urging the Court to invalidate EPA’s repeal, because it contravenes the intent of Congress expressed in the Clean Air Act and it constitutes an arbitrary and capricious reversal of the Agency’s position.” The California Air Resources Board joined Attorney General Becerra in filing suit in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.
[Release | Petition for Review | California]


April 5, 2018
Sued EPA For Failing to Control Methane Pollution
New York Attorney General Eric  Schneiderman and 14 other attorneys general "filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration for ignoring its legal duty to control emissions of methane – an extremely potent greenhouse gas – from existing oil and gas operations. Specifically, the suit charges that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt has violated the federal Clean Air Act by 'unreasonably delaying' its mandatory obligation under the Act to control methane emissions from these operations."
[Release | Complaint | 15 AGs: California; Connecticut; Illinois; Iowa; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; New Mexico; New York; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; Vermont; Washington; Washington, D.C.]


MARCH 2018

March 23, 2018
Threatened to Sue EPA for Unlawful Delay of Landfille Emissions Rule
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra led a coalition of seven attorneys general in threatening to sue the EPA in 60 days if it continues to refuse to enforce a critical rule that protects public health and the environment. The Landfill Emissions Rule aims to reduce emissions of methane and other compounds that pose threats to air quality, creating a public health risk. The rule regulates emissions of methane, an extremely potent greenhouse gas, from the third largest source of methane emissions in the country, landfills.
Release Notice of Intent to Sue | 7 AGs: California; Illinois; Maryland; New Mexico; Oregon; Rhode Island; Vermont]  


March 23, 2018
Fought Rollback of the Clean Water Act in Major Coal Ash Case
Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh is leading a coalition of four states in fighting efforts to roll back the federal government’s obligation to ensure clean water under the Clean Water Act (CWA). In an amicus brief filed last night in Tennessee Clean Water Network v. Tennessee Valley Authority, the attorneys general expressed support for the lower court’s decision, which found that the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) violated the CWA and exposed residents and the environment to toxic substances in coal ash – a byproduct of burning coal – that include chromium, arsenic, lead, aluminum, boron, iron, sulfate, selenium and manganese.
[Release | Amicus brief | 4 AGs: California; Maryland; Massachusetts; Washington]


March 9, 2018
Urged Congress to Fund EPA, Strip Anti-Environment Riders from Budget
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman led a coalition of 14 attorneys general in sending a letter to congressional leaders urging them "to ensure that funding for the Environmental Protection Agency  is maintained at least at its FY 2017 levels, that EPA’s vital core and specific programs receive necessary continued funding, and that all anti-environmental riders that would prohibit, de-fund or otherwise amend key health and environmental protection policies of the Agency are omitted from the spending measure." 
[Comments 14 AGs: California; Delaware; Illinois; Iowa; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; New Jersey; New York; Oregon; Rhode Island; Vermont; Virginia; Washington, D.C.]


March 9, 2018
Opposed Offshore Drilling Plans in Comments Filed with Interior
Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh led a coalition of 12 state attorneys general in filing comments with the Department of the Interior expressing strong opposition to plans to expand drilling off the Atlantic and Pacific Coasts and in the Gulf of Mexico. "The Secretary of the Interior should defer to our opposition to drilling in areas off our states' coasts, and should exclude all such areas from any new or revised [Outer Continental Shelf] leasing program. Indeed, failure to do so would be inconsistent with the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act…and the Department of Interior's past practice of not imposing offshore drilling over state opposition."
ReleaseComments | 12 AGs: California; Connecticut; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; New Jersey; New York; North Carolina; Oregon; Rhode Island; Virginia; Washington]


March 9, 2018
Filed Comments with Interior Outlining How Offshore Drilling Could Harm California
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra "submitted a 22-page comment letter to the Trump Administration, detailing the plethora of reasons why opening California’s coasts to new offshore drilling would be unjustified, unprecedented, and ill-advised. California is home to approximately 1,100 miles of world-renowned coastline, and Attorney General Becerra underscores that he is prepared to do what is necessary to protect every single one of those 1,100 miles, including going to court."
[Release | Comments | California]


FEBRUARY 2018

February 27, 2018
Responded To EPA's “Advance Notice” Of Rule To Possibly Replace Clean Power Plan
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman led 18 attorneys general in filing comments opposing the "Environmental Protection Agency’s Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking ('Advance Notice') on a 'potential' replacement to the Clean Power Plan."
[Release | Comments | 18 AGs: California; Connecticut; Hawaii; Illinois; Iowa; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; Washington, D.C.]


February 22, 2018
Established Bureau of Environmental Justice to Protect Low Income Communities & Communities of Color
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra "announced that he is establishing a Bureau of Environmental Justice (Bureau) within the Environment Section at the California Department of Justice. The Bureau’s mission will be to protect people and communities that endure a disproportionate share of environmental pollution and public health hazards. This will be accomplished through oversight, investigation, and enforcement of the law."
[Release | California


February 6, 2018
Sued EPA and Army Corps of Engineers to Block "Unlawful" Delay of Clean Water Rule
In U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, New York Attorney Genera Eric Schneiderman led a group of 11 attorneys general in suing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for suspending for two years the Clean Water Rule. The attorneys general argue the EPA ignored scientific evidence and a multi-year comment process and changed the definition of "waters of the United States." 
[Release Complaint 11 AGs: California; Connecticut; Maryland; Massachusetts; New Jersey; New York; Oregon; Rhode Island; Vermont; Washington; and Washington, D.C.]


February 1, 2018
Urged Secretary Zinke to Terminate Offshore Drilling Plans
A coalition of 12 attorneys general, led by North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein, sent a letter to Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke urging him to terminate Interior's plan in the Draft Proposed Program to expand offshore drilling.
[Release | Letter 12 AGs: California; Connecticut; Delaware; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; New Jersey; New York; North Carolina; Oregon; Rhode Island; Virginia]


JANUARY 2018

January 24, 2018
Sued Trump Administration Over Repeal of Fracking Rule
In District Court, Northern District of California, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed a lawsuit challenging the Department of the Interior’s repeal of the Fracking Rule for federal and tribal lands that would have required solid drilling-well construction, proper wastewater management, and the disclosure of chemicals used during the fracking process.
[Release | Complaint | California]


January 10, 2018
Pushed FERC to Ensure Tax Cuts Benefit Customers, Not Utilities
Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey led a bipartisan coalition of 12 state attorneys general in calling on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to ensure customers, not utility companies, benefit from recently enacted federal tax cuts.
[Release | Letter | 12 AGs: California; Connecticut; Illinois; Kentucky; Maryland; Massachusetts; Nevada; New York; North Carolina; Rhode Island; Texas; Virginia]


January 9, 2018
Called on Scott Pruitt to be Recused from Clean Power Plan Repeal Process
EPA's "failure to disqualify" Administrator Scott Pruitt from the Clean Power Plan repeal process has "irreparably tainted" the rulemaking because he "prejudged" the outcome prior to and during his tenure leading the Agency, resulting in a "lack of due process and fairness," argued California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, along with 12 other attorneys general and six municipalities, in comments filed today. Therefore, EPA "must withdraw the proposed repeal," or "any resulting rule will be invalid."
[Release Comments | 13 AGs: California; Delaware; Hawaii; Illinois; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; New Mexico; New York; Oregon; Vermont; and Washington; and Washington, D.C.]


January 5, 2018
Sought to Slam Brakes on EPA Rollback of Truck Rule 
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra  led 12 attorneys general in opposing the EPA's attempt to repeal a key rule that limits the amount of emissions permitted from trucks known as "gliders." These trucks have a new body but a refurbished engine. The 2016 Glider Rule holds these trucks to the same emissions standards new trucks must meet. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced he would seek to repeal the Glider Rule, reportedly after meeting “with the manufacturer that stands to benefit most from the rule’s repeal."
[Release Comments | 12 AGs: California; Connecticut; Illinois; Maryland; Massachusetts; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Vermont; and Washington]


DECEMBER 2017

December 20, 2017
Wrote Letter to Congress Opposing Steep EPA Budget Cuts, Anti-Environment Riders 
Twelve attorneys general, led by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, sent a letter to congressional leaders opposing steep cuts in the EPA's Fiscal Year 2018 budget. The House-passed budget bill cuts EPA's funding by $650 million, while the Senate-passed legislation calls for a $150 million decrease. Both would give the Agency its smallest operating budget in more than 30 years.
[Release Letter to Congress 12 AGs: California; Illinois; Iowa; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; New York; Oregon; Rhode Island; Vermont; Virginia; Washington, D.C.]


December 19, 2017
After Winning Previous Lawsuit, Sued Dept. of the Interior for Suspending Methane Waste Prevention Rule
Attorneys general filed suit against the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) "over its decision to suspend the Waste Prevention Rule. The Rule went into effect on January 17, 2017 but was illegally suspended by the Trump Administration on December 8, 2017. The Rule requires oil and natural gas producers to cut wasteful leakage of methane on federal lands. In the lawsuit, Attorneys General Becerra and Balderas underscored that suspending key provisions of the Rule would be arbitrary and capricious as well as contrary to BLM's statutory mandate to prevent waste and ensure the safe and responsible development of oil and gas resources on public lands."
[Release | Complaint | 2 AGs: California and New Mexico]


December 5, 2017
Sued EPA For Flouting Clean Air Requirements 
In District Court, Northern District of California, attorneys general sued EPA "for failing to meet the Clean Air Act’s statutory deadline for designating areas of the country impacted by unhealthy levels of ground-level ozone (commonly referred to as smog)...With this suit, the coalition makes good on its pledge to sue the EPA if it failed to meet this key statutory and public health requirement." 
[Release Complaint | 15 AGs: California; Connecticut; Illinois; Iowa; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Minnesota; New York; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; Vermont; Washington; Washington, D.C.]


NOVEMBER 2017

November 22, 2017
Opposed Fee Hikes at Most Popular National Parks
Attorneys general filed comments opposing the National Park Service’s (NPS) proposal "to dramatically increase entrance fees at 17 national parks...Under the proposal, the per vehicle entrance fee during the five-month peak season would increase to $70 from $25 or $30. Motorcycle, bicycle and pedestrian entrance fees would also increase by double or more." 
[Release |Comments to National Park Service | 11 AGs: Arizona; California; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; New Mexico; New York; Oregon; Rhode Island; Washington; Washington, D.C.]  


November 6, 2017
Called On Trump Administration To Enforce Important Nationwide Greenhouse Gas Measure 
Attorneys general "called on the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to keep in place and enforce the Greenhouse Gas Performance Measure. The Measure went into effect on September 28, 2017. It requires all states to track on-road greenhouse gas emissions, to set locally-appropriate performance targets, and to ensure consistency in data collection. In their letter to the FHWA, the attorneys general underscore that eliminating the Measure would be arbitrary and capricious."
[Release Letter to Transportation Secretary Chao| 6 AGs: California; Maryland; Massachusetts; Oregon; Vermont; Washington]


November 6, 2017
Opposed Delay of BLM's Waste Prevention Rule 
Attorneys general filed comments opposing the  proposal by the BLM "to delay and suspend certain requirements of its 2016 final rule governing the prevention of waste from oil and gas operations on federal and Indian lands. Promulgated less than one year ago, the Waste Prevention Rule provides a commonsense and much-needed update to BLM’s rules governing the waste of natural gas and royalty payments from mineral leases administered by BLM." [Release | Comments to Interior | 2 AGs: California and New Mexico]


OCTOBER 2017

October 23, 2017
AGs Oppose Bailout Plan For Coal-Burning Power Plants
Attorneys general submitted comments opposing the Department of Energy's proposal to subsidize nuclear and coal power plants.
[Release | Comments to FERC (NY only); Comments to FERC |11 AGs: California; Connecticut; Illinois; Maryland; Massachusetts; North Carolina; New York; Oregon; Rhode Island; Vermont; Washington]


October 18, 2017
Called on Congress to Reinstate Flood Standard In Wake of Devastating Hurricanes 
Attorneys general urged Congress "to act to reduce the public safety risks and costs of future floods on Americans...specifically...to enact an updated federal flood standard that would direct federal agencies to require additional risk-reduction and resiliency measures – that take into account the latest scientific information on flood risks, management, and planning – for any federal project proposed in a flood prone area."
[Letter to Congress | 6 AGs: California; Illinois; Iowa; Maryland; New York; Washington, D.C.]


October 17, 2017
Sued Dept. of the Interior for Unlawfully Repealing Valuation Rule, Which Ensures Taxpayers Receive Fair Share for Mineral Extraction
In District Court, Northern District of California, attorneys general "for unlawfully repealing a rule that ensures taxpayers and States receive fair value for oil, gas, and coal extracted from public and tribal lands. California and New Mexico apply their portion of these royalties towards public education."
[Release |Complaint | 2 AGs: California and New Mexico]


October 5, 2017
Pledged Lawsuit Against EPA For Ignoring Key Clean Air Deadline 
Attorneys general filed a notice of intent to sue the EPA "for failing to meet the Clean Air Act’s statutory deadline for designating areas of the country impacted by unhealthy levels of ground-level ozone (known as smog)...The designation of areas with unhealthy smog levels plays a key role under the Clean Air Act in addressing the pollutant’s severe harms to public health, triggering requirements for state-specific plans and deadlines to reduce pollution in the designated areas."
[Release |Notice of Intent to Sue | 14 AGs: California; Connecticut; Illinois; Iowa; Maine; Massachusetts; Minnesota; New York; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; Vermont; Washington; Washington, D.C.]


SEPTEMBER 2017

September 28, 2017
Filed Amicus Brief Seeking Rehearing of Court Decision that Overturned EPA Phase-Out of Hydrofluorocarbons
In D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, attorneys general "filed an amicus brief in support of the efforts by the Natural Resources Defense Council and private businesses Honeywell International and Chemour to have the full D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals rehear a case with national and international ramifications involving the EPA's ability to address climate change."
[Release | Amicus brief |10 AGs: California; Connecticut; Delaware; Illinois; Maryland; New York; Oregon; Pennsylvnia; Vermont; Washington]


September 28, 2017
Challenged Proposed EPA Replacement Rule for Final Waters of the United States Rule 
Attorneys general "challenged the legality of a Trump Administration proposal to void the 'Clean Water Rule' that defines 'waters of the United States' under federal law. In comments addressed to the EPA and US Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE), the coalition charges that the proposed repeal of the Clean Water Rule – a rule designed to ensure the nation’s lakes, rivers, streams, and wetlands receive proper protection under the federal Clean Water Act – is 'arbitrary and capricious and not in accordance with law.' The coalition also charges that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s involvement in the effort, after suing to negate the Clean Water Rule as Oklahoma Attorney General, is 'illegal' and would render any repeal invalid."
[Release | Comments to EPA | 9 AGs: California; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; New York; Oregon; Vermont; Washington; Washington, D.C.]


September 21, 2017
California AG Becerra Sued Administration Over Environmental Concerns Near Mexico Border 
In District Court, Southern District of California, Attorney General Xavier Becerra sued the Department of Homeland Security, claiming it "violated the U.S. Constitution, failed to comply with federal and state environmental laws, and relied on a federal statute that does not authorize the proposed projects."[Release | Complaint | California]


September 20, 2017
Sued Administration for Illegal Delay of Vehicle Emissions Rule
In District Court, Northern District of California, attorneys general sued the Federal Highway Administration and the Department of Transportation "for their illegal delay of a regulation that would lead to significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles on federal highways across the country. The delayed regulation, known as the Greenhouse Gas Performance Measure, requires all states to measure and track greenhouse gas emissions and set locally-appropriate targets."
[Release | Complaint |8 AGs: California; Iowa; Maryland; Massachusetts; Minnesota; Oregon; Vermont; Washington]


September 11, 2017
Filed Lawsuit To Protect Fuel Efficiency Standards Rule
In the 2nd Court of Appeals in New York City, attorneys general sued the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration "for illegally delaying a rule that encourages automakers to produce vehicle fleets that meet or exceed federal fuel efficiency standards.Set to take effect in July 2017, the rule would increase the penalty imposed on automakers whose vehicle fleets do not meet minimum fuel efficiency standards. All federal agencies were required to increase their civil penalty rates by an act of Congress, the 2015 Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act. In response, the U.S. Department of Transportation issued a new rule to increase the penalty by $8.50 per tenth of a mile per gallon. The Trump Administration has delayed it, reverting back to the lower penalty rate instead. If the penalty is not sufficiently high, automakers lack a vital incentive to manufacture fuel efficient vehicles."
[Release Petition for Review | 5 AGs: California; Maryland; New York; Pennsylvania; Vermont]


AUGUST 2017

August 31, 2017
AGs to EPA: Retract Administrator Pruitt's Erroneous And Inappropriate Clean Power Plan Guidance 
"New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman led a coalition of 20 states and localities in urging the retraction of the Environmental Protection Agency’s 'legally incorrect' guidance to States regarding Clean Power Plan implementation -- which was not just legally erroneous, but also flies in the face of Administrator Scott Pruitt’s subsequent agreement to recuse himself from the Clean Power Plan litigation given his conflicts of interest."
[Release | Letter to EPA | 13 AGs: California, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Virginia, Washington, Washington, D.C.]


August 17, 2017
AG Becerra to Trump Administration: Drilling Off Of California’s Coast Is A Non-Starter 
Attorney General Xavier Becerra "expressed his strong opposition to any attempt by the Trump Administration to open California’s coast to new offshore drilling. On April 28, President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order that directed the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) to consider revising the 2017-2022 National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program to allow offshore drilling in many new parts of the country."
[Release |Comments to Interior | California]


August 11, 2017
California AG Sues EPA for Not Responding to FOIA Request 
In D.C. District Court, Attorney General Xavier Becerra "filed a lawsuit against the EPA for failing to comply with a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. On April 7, the California Attorney General’s Office sent a letter to the EPA requesting documents on Administrator Scott Pruitt’s potential conflicts of interest. The EPA failed to respond by May 11 as required by law. Even after receiving Attorney General Becerra’s June 14 notice of violation letter and having ample time to gather the documents requested, the EPA has still not made the required disclosures."
[Release |Complaint |California]


August 9, 2017
Opposed EPA’s Illegal Proposed Delay of Rule Limiting Methane Emissions 
Attorneys general "submitted comments in opposition to EPA's proposed 27-month compliance delay of an important public health rule put forward during the Obama Administration. The methane new source rule now in place limits emissions of this powerful greenhouse gas by encouraging the use of emerging technology in leak monitoring and setting a fixed schedule for monitoring leaks at all well sites and compressor stations."
[Release | Comments to EPA |13 AGs: California; Illinios; Iowa; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; New Mexico; New York; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; Vermont; Washington, D.C.]


August 1, 2017
Filed Lawsuit Against EPA For Stalling Action On Clean Air 
In D.C. Court of Appeals, attorneys general sued EPA for "illegally stalling the designation of areas impacted by unhealthy levels of ground-level ozone (known as smog) – vital to protecting New Yorkers and other Americans from dangerous pollution."
[Release |Petition for Review |16 AGs: California; Connecticut; Delaware; Illinois; Iowa; Maine; Massachusetts; Minnesota; New Mexico; New York; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; Vermont; Washington; Washington, D.C.]
*STATUS: Pending


JULY 2017

July 27, 2017
AG Becerra Opposed Trump Administration’s “Review” of Marine Sanctuaries
Attorney General Xavier Becerra "expressed his strong opposition to the Trump administration’s 'review' of four national marine sanctuaries located off the California coast: Channel Islands, Cordell Bank, Greater Farallones, and Monterey Bay. In comments to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Attorney General Becerra underscored that California's national marine sanctuaries contain some of the most significant marine ecosystems in the world, that the fossil fuel resources underneath these sanctuaries are miniscule or entirely speculative, and that the Trump administration’s review is based on a fundamental misunderstanding of the applicable legal requirements that govern the creation and expansion of marine sanctuaries."
[Release |Letter to NOAA | California]


July 5, 2017
Filed Lawsuit Against the Dept. of the Interior for Illegally Ignoring Methane Waste Prevention Rule
In United States District Court, Northern District of California, attorneys general filed a lawsuit against the Bureau of Land Managemet for seeking to delay  "certain compliance dates of the 'Waste Prevention Rule,' which was promulgated by the Bureau on November 18, 2016. Waste Prevention Rule provides a much-needed update of 38-year-old regulations governing the release of natural gas from new and existing oil and gas operations on federal and Indian lands, and clarifies when gas lost through venting, flaring, or leaks is subject to royalties. The Bureau estimated that the Rule would have substantial annual benefits, including producing up to 41 billion cubic feet of additional natural gas, eliminating 175,000-180,000 tons of methane emissions, cutting emissions of hazardous air pollutants by 250,000-267,000 tons, and generating up to $14 million in additional royalties. The Rule became effective on January 17, 2017."
[Release | Complaint | Judgment | 2 AGs: California and New Mexico]


JUNE 2017

June 29, 2017
Vowed Lawsuit If EPA Continues Ignoring Legal Duty To Control Methane Pollution 
Attorneys general "put the Trump Administration on notice today that they plan to sue if the Administration continues to ignore its legal duty to control emissions of methane – an extremely potent greenhouse gas – from existing oil and gas operations. In a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, the coalition provides the required notice of their intention to sue the Agency for failing to fulfill its mandatory obligation under the Clean Air Act to control methane emissions from existing oil and natural gas sources and for 'unreasonably delaying' the issuance of such controls."      
[Release | Intent to Sue Letter | 15 AGs: California; Connecticut; Illinois; Iowa; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; New Mexico; New York; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; Vermont; Washington; Washington, D.C.]


June 26, 2017
Opposed Regulatory Rollbacks That Would Jeopardize Americans' Health & Safety 
Attorneys general "urged U.S. Senate leaders to oppose legislation that would halt the federal regulatory process and obstruct the implementation of laws that protect Americans from toxic chemicals, predatory marketing practices, dangerous labor and unsafe public health conditions, unsafe food and drugs, and much more."
[Release Letter to Congress | 12 AGs: California; Delaware; Iowa; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; New York; Oregon; Rhode Island; Vermont; Washington; Washington, D.C.]


June 13, 2017
Filed Suit Against Dept. of Energy For Failure to Publish Energy Efficiency Standards
In District Court, Northern District of California, attorneys general sued the Department of Energy "over its failure to comply with the law and publish in the Federal Register finalized energy efficiency standards for five products: portable air conditioners, uninterruptible power supplies, air compressors, walk-in coolers and freezers and commercial packaged boilers. These standards would save consumers and businesses an estimated $11.6 billion, reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 159 million tons, and conserve over 242 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity – the equivalent of the annual electricity consumption of more than 19.3 million households – over a 30-year period." 
[Release | Complaint |11 AGs: California; Connecticut; Illinois; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; New York; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Vermont; Washington]


June 8, 2017
AG Becerra Urged Continued Protection for California's National Monuments 
Attorney General Xavier Becerra wrote to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke that "a
ny attempt by the Trump Administration to reverse decisions past presidents have made to safeguard our most treasured public lands is as unwise as it is unlawful. As the Attorney General of California, I am determined to take any and all action necessary to protect the American heritage which has become part of our monument lands.”
[Release |Letter to Interior | California]

June 6, 2017
Called On EPA Administrator To Issue Safety Findings On Pesticide 
Attorneys general "submitted legal objections yesterday to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt for his failure to follow the law and make the required safety finding for chlorpyrifos, a pesticide used on more than 80 food crops. Many of these crops – like apples, strawberries, bananas, pears, peaches, nectarines and cherries – are consumed by infants and children."
[Release | Objections | 7 AGs: California; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; New York; Vermont; Washington]

June 6, 2017
Joined National "We Are Still In" Pledge To Maintain Commitments To Paris Climate Agreement 
Attorneys general declared they are still committed to the goals outlined in the Paris Climate Accord after President Trump announced the United States would pull out of the agreement.
[Release | Pledge | 19 AGs: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, D.C.]

MAY 2017

May 25, 2017
Called on Administration to Close Loophole that Exposes Vulnerable Communities to “Bomb Trains” 
Attorneys general submitted comments to the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration requesting that it "immediately close a loophole to prevent highly flammable, highly explosive crude oil from being shipped by freight rail via so-called 'bomb trains' through communities" in their states.
[Release | Comments to DOT | 6 AGs: California; Illiniois; Maine; Maryland; New York; Washington]


May 10, 2017
Sued Dept. of the Interior Over Restarting Coal Leasing
In District Court, District of Montana, Great Falls Division, attorneys general sued the Department of the Interior after its decision "to restart federal coal leasing on public land while, at the same time, cutting short an ongoing, and long overdue, environmental review of the program." The suit "seeks to protect state residents from dangerous pollution that results from coal mining."
[Release | Complaint | 4 AGs: California; New Mexico; New York; Washington] 


APRIL 2017

April 27, 2017
Sued Dept. of the Interior for Delaying Valuation Rule that Ensures Taxpayers Receive Fair Share for Mineral Extraction
In District Court, Northern District of California, attorneys general sued the Dept. of the Interior "for delaying the implementation of one of its own rules promulgated to ensure that taxpayers receive their fair share of royalties from companies that extract oil, gas, and coal from federal lands. The rule, known as the Valuation Rule, was finalized by the Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) in the Department of the Interior on July 1, 2016, and went into effect on January 1, 2017. The product of five years of public engagement, the Valuation Rule replaced outdated regulations that no longer ensured that taxpayers received adequate compensation from the extraction of federally-owned natural resources. It also addressed a loophole that allowed the coal industry to sell coal at artificially low prices."
[Release Complaint | 2 AGs: California and New Mexico]


April 26, 2017
Opposed Bill Delaying EPA Protections for Ozone Air Quality Standards 
Attorneys general urged "Congress to protect critical ozone air quality standards. In letters to the chairmen and ranking members of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works and the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, the coalition detailed its opposition to the Ozone Standards Implementation Act of 2017 (S. 263 / H.R. 806) which would delay the ozone rule promulgated by the Environmental Protection Agency in 2015. That rule is expected to result in vital public health benefits."
[Release | Letter to Congress | 16 AGs: California; Connecticut; Delaware; Iowa; Illinois; Maryland; Massachusetts; New Mexico; New York; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; Virginia; Vermont; Washington; Washington, D.C.


April 18, 2017
Filed to Intervene in Dept. of Energy Lawsuit To Defend Energy Efficiency Standards 
In the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, attorneys general filed a motion to intervene "in order to defend energy saving light bulb regulations. In March, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) filed a lawsuit against DOE challenging energy efficiency regulations for lamps (light bulbs)...The challenged regulations broaden the definition of a category of lamp that is subject to stringent energy standards so that it now includes incandescent light bulbs as well as other historically inefficient lighting technologies. The lamp regulations were finalized in January 2017 and would result in substantial reductions in energy usage and the associated emissions, as well as increased cost savings for consumers." 
[Release Motion to Intervene | 7 AGs: California; Massachusetts; New York; Oregon; Vermont; Washington; Washington, D.C]


April 7, 2017
Delivered FOIA Request to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra delivered a formal request to EPA "for thirty-two categories of documents related to known conflicts of interest of EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and any actions taken by EPA or the Administrator to comply with federal ethics laws. Administrator Pruitt, until February 17, served as attorney and chief law enforcement officer for the State of Oklahoma in numerous lawsuits against EPA in which California is supporting EPA. He has taken legal and factual positions contrary to EPA on these matters in court filings, press statements, and congressional testimony."
[Release | FOIA letter |California]


April 5, 2017
Opposed EPA's Efforts To Stall Clean Power Plan Case 
In the D.C. Court of Appeals, attorneys general "filed opposition to the Trump administration’s request to delay court proceedings regarding the Clean Power Plan...after President Trump signed an executive order directing the EPA to review the Clean Power Plan and decide whether to 'suspend, rescind, or revise' it...EPA filed a motion asking the court to hold the litigation in abeyance while the Agency reconsiders the rule."
[Release | Opposition to Motion to Hold Proceeding in Abeyance |18 AGs: California; Connecticut; Deleware; Hawai'i; Illinois; Iowa; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Minnesota; New Mexico; New York; Oregon; Rhode Island; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; Washington, D.C.]


April 3, 2017
Objected to EPA Withdrawal of Information Request to Oil and Natural Gas Industry
Attorneys general "sent a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt objecting to the EPA’s unilateral withdrawal of an information collection request. The request was intended to gather information regarding the oil and natural gas industry on its emissions of natural gas or methane, a powerful greenhouse gas." 
[Release | Letter to EPA | 9 AGs: California; Illinois; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; New York; Rhode Island; Vermont; Washington, D.C.]


April 3, 2017
Challenged Department of Energy For Blocking Energy Efficiency Standards
In the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in New York City, attorneys general filed a petition "challenging the Department’s delay in issuing its Energy Conservation Standard for Ceiling Fans. The Department of Energy has estimated that over a thirty-year period this standard would save enough electricity to power between 10 and 35 million U.S. households for a year. The Standard for Ceiling Fans should have gone into effect on March 20, 2017, but has now been delayed twice."
[Release | Petition for Review | 9 AGs: California; Connecticut; Illinois; Maine; Massachusetts; New York; Oregon; Vermont; Washington]
*STATUS: DOE relented; ceiling fan standards are now in effect. Additional energy efficiency standards remain at issue. 


April 3, 2017
Served Notice to Sue to Secretary Perry Over Failure to Publish Energy Efficiency Standards
Ten attorneys general sent a letter to Energy Secretary Rick Perry serving notice of their intent to sue "over the failure of the Department of Energy to submit for publication in the Federal Register five energy efficiency standards the agency issued in December 2016. These efficiency standards, applicable to air compressors, commercial packaged boilers, portable air conditioners, walk-in coolers and freezers, and unintermptible power supplies, were promulgated under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act."
[Letter to Sec. Perry | 10 AGs: California; Connecticut; Illinois; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; New York; Oregon; Vermont; Washington]


FEBRUARY 2017

February 28, 2017
Urged Rep. Lamar Smith to End Congressional Interference with States' Exxon Investigation
Attorneys general "urged Rep. Lamar Smith, Chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, to withdraw subpoenas sent to the Attorneys General of Massachusetts and New York, and to end the committee’s inquiry into investigations being conducted by the states of Massachusetts and New York into possible securities and consumer protection law violations by the ExxonMobil Corporation."
[Release | Letter to Congressman Lamar Smith | 15 AGs: California; Connecticut; Delaware; Illinois; Kentucky; Maine; Maryland; Mississippi; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; Virginia; Vermont; Washington; Washington, D.C.]


February 15, 2017
Urged Senate To Oppose Bill Eliminating States’ Authority To Protect Waterways Against Pollution From Commercial Vessels 
Attorneys general urged "opposition to the Commercial Vessel Incidental Discharge Act, legislation that would dramatically weaken clean water protections by preventing New York and other states from limiting the discharge of biological pollution by commercial shipping vessels into their waters. The bill would also take the radical step of exempting these discharges from the federal Clean Water Act."
[Release |Letter to U.S. Senate | 10 AGs: California; Illiniois; Maine; Massachusetts; Michigan; New York; Oregon; Rhode Island; Vermont; Washington]