TOTAL ACTIONS: 67
Updated June 12, 2018

MAY 2018

May 29, 2018
Submitted Letter to NAS on EPA proposal to limit science in rulemaking
A coalition of seven attorneys general and five city attorneys submitted a letter requesting the National Academy of Sciences to formally comment on an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed rule to limit the use of scientific evidence in rulemakings.
"Because of the importance of this issue to public health and the environment, and because EPA has not indicated that it intends to seek appropriate input and guidance from the leading scientists in the nation on this fundamental question of the use of science in EPA's execution of its mission, we write to you directly to ask that the National Academy review and comment on EPA's proposal," wrote the attorneys general in the letter.
[ Release | Letter | 7 AGs: Delaware; Maryland; Massachusetts; New Jersey; New York; Oregon; and District of Columbia ]


 

May 21, 2018
Submitted Comments on CWA and Groundwater
A coalition of five states submitted comments in opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) apparent interest in rolling back its longstanding position that the Clean Water Act (CWA) regulates the discharge of pollutants that move from point sources into surface waters via a short and direct groundwater or other intermediary conduit. EPA's long-held position follows the direction of the CWA and the courts, and provides states with essential protections from unpermitted, upstream discharges of harmful pollutants.
[ Release | Comments | 5 AGs: California; Maryland; Massachusetts; Oregon; Vermont ]


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 9, 2018
Submitted Comments to FERC on Grid Resilience
The attorneys general of Massachusetts, Vermont and Rhode Island submitted comments to FERC on the resiliency of the power system in New England. The AGs urged FERC to not make recommendations nor draw conclusions related to the resiliency of the New England energy market based solely on ISO-NE's analysis of the market because its study relied on faulty assumptions and analysis. The comments by the AGs also reiterated their objection to requiring ratepayers to subsidize uneconomic energy sources based on exaggerated resiliency concerns.
[ Comments | 3 AGs: Massachusetts; Rhode Island; Vermont ]


May 9, 2018
Opposed FirstEnergy Emergency Order
Ten Attorneys General in filed comments with the Department of Energy (DOE) warning Secretary Rick Perry that he cannot invoke emergency powers under the Federal Power Act (FPA) to prop up failing power plants. FirstEnergy Solutions has asked DOE to declare a grid "emergency" under Section 202(c) of the FPA, based on anticipated retirements of non-competitive power plants in the region. FirstEnergy's requested order would "undermine competitive regional power markets, burden customers with excessive costs, undercut state energy laws and policies, and exacerbate pollution and public health harms," said the AGs in their comments.
[ Release | Comments | 10 AGs: Connecticut; Illinois; Maryland; Massachusetts; North Carolina; Oregon; Rhode Island; Virginia; Washington; and Washington, D.C. ]


May 8, 2018
Filed Comments on PJM Repricing Proposal
Three state Attorneys General joined a coalition of officials from five states in filing comments with FERC opposing PJM Interconnection's costly proposals for reshaping the wholesale electricity capacity market. PJM's proposals, if approved, would increase consumers' utility bills for all consumers in the PJM territory, especially impacting those states that have proactively supported clean energy development through state programs - such as renewable portfolio standards - without improving reliability.
[ Release | Comments | 3 AGs: Illinois; Delaware; Kentucky ]


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 4, 2018
Announced Plans to File Lawsuit Challenging EPA Attainment Designation in Racine County
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced her intention to file a lawsuit challenging EPA's decision that Wisconsin's Racine County is in an ozone attainment area, despite data indicating that it should be classified as in a non-attainment area because the area exceeds the 70 parts per billion ozone standard. If it stands, EPA's designation would allow Foxconn, which plans to build a large manufacturing plant in the County, to avoid installing emissions controls. The lawsuit will be filed in the D.C. Circuit within 60 days of the rule being published in the Federal Register.
[ Announcement | 1 AG: Illinois]


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.]


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 9, 2018
Submitted FOIA Request Over Offshore Drilling Exemption Interior Gave to Florida
New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal "called on the U.S. Department of the Interior to fully explain its decision to exempt Florida from offshore drilling, while refusing to do the same for New Jersey...the Attorney General submitted a Freedom of Information Act request seeking all correspondence and internal documents related to any meetings and conversations that took place between the offices of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Florida Governor Rick Scott in the run-up to the announcement of Florida's exemption from offshore drilling on January 9, 2018."
[Release | FOIA | New Jersey]


 

April 3, 2018
Vowed to Oppose Vehicle Emissions Standards Rollback in Declaration with Mayors
State attorneys general were joined by mayors nationwide today in releasing a declaration vowing to challenge the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) latest rollback -- national clean car standards -- in order to protect the environment and their residents from unhealthy air. The declaration from more than 50 cities and over 25 states makes clear their opposition to the rollback of a federal rule that sets targets for an increasingly clean, efficient and high-performance vehicle fleet through model year 2025.
[Release | Declaration | 12 AGs: Connecticut; Delaware; Illinois; Iowa; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; New Mexico; New York; Oregon; Virginia; 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 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]


March 9, 2018
Filed Comments with Interior Outlining How Offshore Drilling Could Harm Massachusetts
Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey "strongly opposed President Trump and Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s “ill-advised” proposal to allow offshore oil and gas drilling along the Massachusetts coast as part of a national program. In her comments...AG Healey also said her office will consider a legal challenge if necessary to protect the people, economy, and natural resources of Massachusetts from the grave risks posed by unprecedented oil and gas leasing."
[Release | Comments | Massachusetts]


March 9, 2018
Filed Comments with Interior Outlining How Offshore Drilling Could Harm New York
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman "filed formal comments calling on the Trump Administration to heed New Yorkers’ demands to exclude areas offshore of New York from its plan to open almost all of the nation’s coasts to oil and gas drilling. The comments – submitted on the Department of Interior’s 2019-2024 draft proposed program for oil and gas leasing in outer continental shelf waters – said the drilling plan 'would harm vital state interests, including the State’s economy and the unique ecology of our shores and ocean waters.' The Attorney General pledged that, if the Trump Administration fails to follow the law and exclude the New York waters from the program, his office 'will use all appropriate legal avenues to vigorously oppose the Department’s program.'” 
[Release Comments | New York]


 

March 8, 2018
Filed Comments with Interior Outlining How Offshore Drilling Could Harm Virginia
Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring "submitted official public comments to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management expressing his opposition to the Trump Administration's plan to expand drilling off the coast of Virginia and other states on the Atlantic seaboard. Citing the risks to coastal communities, economies, environments, and military assets, Attorney General Herring says 'the potential risks are too great and the potential benefits too small to continue with the development of this Program.'"
[Release | Comments | Virginia]


FEBRUARY 2018

February 28, 2018
Filed Comments with Interior Outlining How Offshore Drilling Could Harm Rhode Island
Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin "submitted formal comments to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management opposing the 2019-2024 National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program which would open up the North Atlantic Regional Outer Continental Shelf to oil and gas exploration and drilling...'Rhode Island's irreplaceable natural resources would be put in jeopardy at every step of this unnecessary and unwise process, from disruptive testing and drilling needed to locate deposits, to the toll taken during extraction, transfer and transport of fuels, and the possible spills and blowouts that history shows occur during drilling activity. The consequences of offshore drilling along the Rhode Island coast are simply too great of a risk.'"
[Release Comments | Rhode Island]


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 15, 2018
Called for Comprehensive Plan for Electric Vehicles and New, Ambitious Clean Energy Goals
Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey "called for a comprehensive statewide plan for electric vehicles and new, ambitious goals to meet electric power needs with clean energy at a hearing before the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) on its use of $75 million in mitigation funds that the AG’s Office helped secure for Massachusetts as part of a multi-billion settlement with Volkswagen, Porsche and Audi."
[Release | Massachusetts]


February 5, 2018
Threatened to Sue If Washington Not Removed From Offshore Drilling Plan
Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson "sent a letter to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke opposing President Donald Trump’s proposal to allow oil and gas drilling off Washington’s coast and asking that Washington be exempted. If Washington is not removed from the plan, Ferguson warns Zinke he will file a lawsuit."
[Release | Letter | Washington]


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 30, 2018
Opposed Ditching Drilling Safety Protections Established After Deepwater Horizon Disaster
Six state attorneys general, led by Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh, filed comments opposing the Department of the Interior's proposal to scrap safety measures implemented for offshore oil and gas production in the wake of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion off the Gulf Coast.
[Release Comments to Interior 6 AGs: Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; New York; North Carolina; Virginia]


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 12, 2017
Called on Army Corps of Engineers to Protect Great Lakes, including Lake Erie, from Asian Carp
Attorneys general "called on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to change plans for an expensive lock redesign and instead close a major lock now to keep the invasive Asian carp species from entering the Great Lakes, including Lake Erie, potentially causing widespread harm to its ecosystem and economy."
[Release |Letter to Army Corps |3 AGs: Michigan; Minnesota; Pennsylvania]


December 12, 2017
Opposed Senate Bill Extending Deadline for Wood Stoves to Comply with Clean Air Act 
Attorneys general opposed Senate Bill 1857, "which would extend the deadline until May 15, 2023 by which certain new residential wood heaters (principally, wood stoves and wood hydronic heaters or “boilers”) must comply with Clean Air Act emissions limits. 
[Letter to SenateLetter to House | 5 AGs: Massachusetts; Maryland; Massachusetts; New York; Oregon; Rhode Island]


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]


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, New Mexico]


November 2, 2017
Requested EPA Hearing on Clean Power Plan Repeal in Their States
Attorneys general sent a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt requesting a hearing in their states.
[Letters to EPA | AGs: Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Virginia]


OCTOBER 2017

October 26, 2017
A.G. Schneiderman Vowed To Sue EPA Over Failure To Protect New Yorkers From Out-Of-State Air Pollution
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed a notice of intent to sue the EPA "for violating the federal Clean Air Act by failing to curb ground-level ozone (or 'smog') pollution that blows into New York from upwind states...The EPA’s own studies demonstrate that pollution from states upwind of New York contributes substantially to the state’s dangerous smog problem."  
[Release | Notice of Intent to Sue | New York


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 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
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.]


AUGUST 2017

August 31, 2017
Called on EPA Administrator Pruitt to Retract 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 | 14 AGs: California; Delaware; Illinois; Iowa; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; New Mexico; New York; Oregon; Rhode Island; Virginia; Washington; Washington, D.C.]


August 25, 2017
Filed Comments Requesting DOJ Restore Mitigation in Harley-Davidson Settlement
A coalition of 12 attorneys general filed comments with the U.S. Department of Justice "to object to the proposed decree as amended...to forego a $3 million emissiosn mitigation project included in the original decree...the States request that DOJ and EPA restore the original mitigation project or, alternatively, require Harley-Davidson to mitigate its excess emissions in a manner consistent with the public interest."
[Comments to DOJ | 12 AGs: Delaware; Illinois; Iowa; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; New York; Oregon; Rhode Island; Vermont; Washington; Washington, D.C.]


August 18, 2017
Opposed New Federal Offshore Lease Plan That Could Open up Massachusetts Coast to Oil or Gas Drilling 
Attorney General Maura Healey "filed public comments with the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) opposing the agency’s effort to create a new five-year national offshore oil and gas leasing program that could open up all currently restricted offshore areas to drilling, including Atlantic waters off the Massachusetts coast."
[Release | Comments to Interior |Massachusetts]


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 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.]


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 21, 2017
Opposed First Step in Plan to Permit Offshore Drilling off Atlantic Coast
Attorneys general "submitted comments opposing the National Marine Fisheries Service’s (NMFS) proposal to conduct deep penetration surveys in the Atlantic Ocean. In the letter submitted today, the attorneys general point out that the surveys pose a significant risk to the coastline, the environment, and to marine life."
[Release |Letter to NMFS | 9 AGs: Connecticut; Delaware; Maryland; Massachusetts; North Carolina; New York; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; Washington, D.C.]


July 10, 2017
AG Rosenblum Promised to Defend Oregon's Cascade-Siskyou
Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum wrote a letter to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke promised to take legal action if the Trump Administration tries to roll back protections for Cascade-Siskyou National Monument.
[Letter to Interior | Oregon]


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 | Notice of Intent to Sue | 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 9, 2017
Promised Legal Fight If EPA Moves To Roll Back Key Vehicle Emission Standards
Attorneys general "warned the Trump Administration that any effort to roll back key vehicle emission standards would be met by a 'vigorous' court challenge. In a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, the coalition makes clear that it will take legal action if the EPA attempts to weaken air pollution standards set for passenger cars and light-duty trucks for model years 2022 to 2025."
[Release |Letter to EPA | 14 AGs: Connecticut; Delaware; Hawai'i; Iowa; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; New York; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; Vermont; Washington; Washingon, D.C.

June 8, 2017
AG Becerra Urged Continued Protection for California's National Monuments 
Attorney General Xavier Becerra wrote to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke that "any 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]

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 11, 2017
AG Ferguson Pledged to Defend Washington's National Monuments in Letter to Sec. Zinke
Attorney General Bob Ferguson wrote to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke "opposing the unprecedented review and potential rollback of national monument protections ordered by President Donald Trump. Ferguson asserts that neither Zinke nor Trump have the legal authority to revoke national monuments."
[Release |Letter to Interior Washington]


May 8, 2017
AG Balderas Wrote to Sec. Zinke on Importance of National Monuments
Attorney General Hector Balderas wrote to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke expressing concern about pontential efforts to roll back protections for New Mexico's cherished national monuments.
[Letter to Interior | New Mexico]


APRIL 2017

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 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
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]


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."
[Notice of Intent to Sue | 10 AGs: California; Connecticut; Illinois; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; New York; Oregon; Vermont; Washington]


MARCH 2017

March 30, 2017
Urged Congress to Reject Proposals Gutting the EPA 
Attorney generals opposed "the proposed federal budget cuts to the EPA and its critical programs...the attorneys general point to the President’s recent proposal to cut 31 percent from the EPA’s budget, which is the biggest cut of any federal agency in the White House 2018 budget, as well as a bill introduced by Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz that would eliminate the EPA entirely on December 31, 2018."
[Release |Letter to Congress | 13 AGs: Connecticut; Hawai'i; Illinois; Iowa; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; New York; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; Vermont; Washington, D.C.]


March 1, 2017
Massachusetts AG Healey Urged Congressional Committee to Withdraw Subpoena Seeking to Derail Exxon Investigation
Attorney General Maura Healey "urged Chairman Lamar Smith to withdraw his Congressional committee’s unprecedented and unlawful subpoena for documents relating to her office’s ongoing investigation into Exxon Mobil. In her 10-page letter sent to Smith today, AG Healey reiterates that Smith and the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology have no authority over her office’s investigation into whether Exxon Mobil misled Massachusetts consumers and investors about the impact of burning fossil fuels on the environment and the impact of climate change on the company’s business."
[Release | Letter to Congress | Massachusetts]


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]


February 7, 2017
Opposed U.S. Senate Resolution to Void Methane Gas Safeguards
Attorneys general "sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer opposing a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution that would void important safeguards that are vital to controlling the leaking, venting, and flaring of methane from oil and natural gas developments on public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management."
[Release | Letter to Congress | 7 AGs: Illinois; Massachusetts; New Mexico; New York; Oregon; Rhode Island; Vermont]