TOTAL ACTIONS: 154
Updated December 14, 2018

DECEMBER 2018

December 5, 2018
Wrote a Letter to the Senate Opposing Bernard McNamee’s Confirmation as FERC Commissioner
A coalition of five state attorneys general led by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey wrote a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer opposing Bernard McNamee’s confirmation as FERC Commissioner. The AGs cited McNamee’s leading role in crafting the Energy Department’s proposal to bail out uneconomical coal-fired power plants as a primary reason for their opposition, noting that McNamee has continued to advocate for a plan to subsidize the coal industry in the time since the Trump administration dropped its previous proposal. The AGs also cited McNamee’s stated opposition to the Clean Power Plan on political grounds, as well as his comments describing the choice between renewable energy and fossil fuels as a “battle between liberty and tyranny” as examples of his lack of impartiality on issues he would have to rule on as FERC Commissioner.
Letter  5 AGs: Massachusetts; Oregon; Maryland; New York; Illinois ]


December 4, 2018
Filed a Motion to Intervene in Suit Over EPA Failure to Regulate Ground-Level Ozone Pollution
New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood and New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal filed a motion to intervene in ongoing litigation first brought by Delaware Attorney General Matthew Denn and Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh over the EPA’s refusal to regulate ground-level ozone pollution from upwind states. The litigation began over the EPA’s October 2018 decision to deny four petitions brought by Delaware and one petition brought by Maryland to regulate out of state emissions adversely impacting the states’ ability to attain compliance with 2008 and 2015 National Ambient Air Quality Standards. New York has an unresolved petition before the EPA naming the same upwind sources cited in the Delaware and Maryland petitions.
Release | Motion to Intervene | 2 AGs: New York; New Jersey ]


December 3, 2018
Submitted an Amicus Brief Asking Court to Reject FERC Policy Curtailing NEPA Evaluations of Greenhouse Gas Emissions for New Natural Gas Pipelines
A multi-state coalition of seven State Attorneys General led by New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood submitted an amicus brief to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia asking the Court to reject a new FERC policy halting National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) evaluations of greenhouse gas emissions from new natural gas pipelines. The AGs noted that FERC’s decision ignores the controlling precedent established by Sierra Club v. FERC, which held that increased greenhouse gas emissions are subject to NEPA review. Additionally, The AGs noted that FERC issued its policy in a “procedurally defective manner” during a rehearing on an individual adjudicatory proceeding. The AGs also noted that FERC’s ruling appears to be designed to limit public input on the climate change impacts of future natural gas pipelines, which are “reasonably foreseeable” environmental impacts of new pipeline construction and subject to NEPA review.
Amicus Brief | 7 AGs: New York; New Jersey; Massachusetts; Oregon; Washington; Washington, D.C. ]


NOVEMBER 2018

November 29, 2018
Issued Legal Advisory on Migratory Bird Treaty Act and California Law
The Office of California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife jointly released a legal advisory affirming that ¬protections for migratory birds under California state law remain in place. The state’s advisory responds to a controversial Opinion by Interior Department Acting-Solicitor Daniel Jorjani overturning decades of regulatory precedent on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s ability to hold companies accountable under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act for the predictable harm that their operations have on birds, even if that harm is unintentional. There is ongoing litigation over the Interior Department’s decision that has been brought by a coalition of eight AGs.
Legal Advisory | 1 AG: California ]


November 27, 2018
Provided Official Testimony on EPA Landfill Methane Emissions Delay Rule
A representative for the Office of Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh provided official testimony at the Environmental Protection Agency’s public hearing regarding the agency’s proposal to delay the development of legally required standards for methane emissions from municipal solid waste landfills. In his testimony, Special Assistant Attorney General Josh Segal noted that the agency has failed to enforce existing deadlines for restricting methane emissions from landfills, which is enabling continued, unrestricted releases of 330,000 tons of methane per year. He also noted that the agency has provided no legal basis for justifying an extended, additional delay.

The EPA’s proposed delay rule comes in response to a lawsuit filed in May 2018 by eight attorneys general, led by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, over the agency’s failure to enforce its 2016 requirements regulating methane emissions from municipal landfills.
Testimony | 1 AG: Maryland ]


November 19, 2018
Filed an Amicus Brief Opposing the Trump Administration’s Plan to Strip Protections from National Monuments
A multi-state coalition of 11 state attorneys general led by Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed an amicus brief in the U.S. District Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in opposition to the Trump administration’s plan to revoke national monument protections for large portions of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments in Utah. The amicus brief supports ongoing litigation brought by national environmental groups and Native American tribes against the Trump administration’s actions.

The AGs noted that Executive Order 13792, which opened up the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments to mining, oil and gas extraction violates the Antiquities Act, which does not authorize Presidents to undue National Monument protections extended by previous administrations. In their brief, the AGs note that Executive Order 13792 also authorizes an open-ended review of protections for other national monument across the country by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke – a review that is also unlawful under the Antiquities Act.
Release | Amicus Brief | 11 AGs: Washington; California; Hawaii; Maine; Maryland; New Mexico; New York; Oregon; Rhode Island; Vermont; Massachusetts ]


November 9, 2018
Sent a Letter to USDA Opposing the Sale of Wild Horses for Commercial Slaughter
On October 10, 2018, the U.S. Forest Service initiated a roundup of 1,000 protected wild horses on the Devil’s Garden Plateau Wild Horse Territory in California as part of its wildlife maintenance and land management program. The Forest Service announced plans to initially auction the wild horses in accordance with California state law, which prohibits the sale or acceptance of any horse by any person with the intent of killing that horse. Following its initial auction, the Forest Service intends to initiate an unconditional sale of any remaining wild horses, which would allow persons or entities to purchase the wild horses for commercial use, including food production.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra sent a letter to Agriculture Department Secretary Sonny Perdue opposing the Forest Service’s plan. In his letter, AG Becerra noted his obligation to enforce California’s legal prohibition against the sale of horses for commercial use, and requested that all horses sold in the roundup go to buyers declaring their compliance with California state law.
Release | Letter1 AG: California ]


November 6, 2018
Submitted Comments to FERC Opposing PJM Market Rules Targeting NJ State Clean Energy Policies
In June 2018, FERC ordered the PJM Interconnection (a grid operator managing one-fifth of the total U.S. electricity market) to re-structure its capacity market to account for what the Commission referred to as “price suppression” from state clean energy policies. In response, PJM put forward two proposals that would remove state-supported clean energy from its capacity market and establish a new Minimum Offer Price Rule (MOPR) for state-supported clean energy. If enacted, PJM’s proposals would undercut state clean energy policies by establishing an artificial price floor designed to benefit fossil-fuel energy sources.

New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal and the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities submitted joint comments to FERC opposing PJM’s proposals during the ensuing public proceeding. In their joint comments, AG Grewal and the Board of Public Utilities called on FERC to rescind its order, noting that the Commission’s decision arbitrarily departs from past precedent allowing states to set energy policies based on environmental considerations without subjecting state-supported renewable energy sources to a MOPR. The comments also note that energy tax programs have been artificially reducing the cost of fossil fuel energy sources such as natural gas, oil and coal for more than a century, but the Commission was not including these programs as “out-of-market” forces leading to price suppression in the PJM capacity market. (Note: Illinois AG Lisa Madigan and Washington, D.C. AG Karl Racine also submitted comments to FERC opposing PJM’s proposals on October 2, 2018.)
Comments | 1 AG: New Jersey ]


November 5, 2018
Submitted a Petition to Review EPA’s Decision Not to Regulate Upwind Emissions from Neighboring States
Delaware Attorney General Matthew Denn submitted a petition for review to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia over the EPA’s decision to deny four petitions submitted by the state over emissions from neighboring states. In its petitions, Delaware requested that EPA find that emissions from neighboring states were contributing to Delaware’s nonattainment of ozone national ambient air quality standards. The EPA denied Delaware’s petitions, as well as a separate petition filed by Maryland in a final decision filed on October 5, 2018.

UPDATE: On December 4, New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood and New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal filed a motion to intervene in the litigation. The motion has been granted.
Petiton for Review | 1 AG: Delaware ]


OCTOBER 2018

October 31, 2018
Opposed EPA’s ‘Legally Flawed’ Rollback of the Clean Power Plan
A coalition of 19 AGs submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency demanding that the Trump administration withdraw the “Affordable Clean Energy” rule, the administration’s proposed replacement for the Obama-era Clean Power Plan. The AGs’ comment letter includes the most comprehensive analysis published to date on the severe technical errors and extraordinary legal flaws included within the proposed rule. The AGs noted in their comments that the EPA’s proposed rule will lead to as many as 1,630 premature deaths, 120,000 asthma attacks, 140,000 missed school days, and 48,000 lost work days in 2030 compared to the Obama-era Clean Power Plan. The proposed rule will also lead to 15,000 additional cases of upper respiratory problems, as well as a rise in rates of heart and lung disease.
Release | Comments | 19 AGs: New York; California; Connecticut; Delaware; Illinois; Iowa; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Minnesota; New Mexico; North Carolina; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; Washington, D.C. ]


October 26, 2018
Submitted comments opposing rollback of Clean Car Standards
A coalition of 21 AGs submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opposing the agencies’ proposed “SAFE” (“Safer, Affordable, Fuel Efficient”) Vehicles rule. If finalized, the “SAFE” Vehicles rule would freeze national Clean Car Standards for passenger vehicles and light trucks. The current Clean Car Standards are expected to prevent up to 2,000 premature deaths, 50,000 cases of respiratory ailments and reduce asthma symptoms for 24 million Americans, including 6.3 million children.
Release | Comments | 21 AGs: California; Connecticut; Delaware; Hawaii; Iowa; Illinois; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Minnesota; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; Washington, D.C. ]


October 24, 2018
Sued Exxon Mobil for Misleading Investors Over Risk of Climate Change Regulations
New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood filed a lawsuit against Exxon Mobil Corp. alleging that the company "misled investors regarding the risk that climate change regulations posed to its business." In her suit, AG Underwood notes that Exxon Mobil spent years assuring investors that it was fully accounting for the probability of future regulations on greenhouse gas emissions, but that the company was privately failing to take any of the underlying action it had promised, hiding its financial exposure to investors.
Release | Lawsuit | 1 AG: New York ]


October 23, 2018
Filed a Motion to Intervene in Lawsuit Over EPA’s Rollback of Air Toxic Compliance Requirements for Cement Plants
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed a motion to intervene in Downwinders at Risk v. EPA, a lawsuit brought against an EPA rule finalized in July 2018 severely weakening existing air toxic compliance requirements for portland cement plants. The AGs noted that, instead of meeting its statutory obligations under section 112(d)(6) to review the Agency’s industry specific standards for hazardous air pollutants and propose new technology-based emission standards mitigating public risk, the EPA’s final rule establishes a regulatory loop-hole allowing cement kiln operators to evade emissions standards through periodically shutting down their operations.

The AG’s note that the EPA’s new six-month compliance holiday for cement kiln operators can be applied to any shutdown event, allowing operators to space out shutdown events periodically to avoid any future compliance with existing emissions standards. The AGs also noted that disadvantaged communities bear the greatest exposure to hazardous air pollution from cement kilns, which emit dangerous carcinogens and neurotoxins including mercury, lead, arsenic, cadmium, and dioxins.
Release | Motion to Intervene | 2 AGs: California; Illinois ]


October 15, 2018
Sued the EPA Over Failure to Regulate NOx Emissions from Neighboring States
Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh sued the EPA in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit for its refusal to require power plants in neighboring states to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions. Maryland initially petitioned the EPA to regulate nitrogen oxide emissions in nearby states in November 2016 under the Clean Air Act. In its petition, Maryland noted that out-of-state nitrogen oxide is a precursor to the dangerous levels of ozone that plague the State in the hot summer months. In June 2018, a Maryland federal judge ordered the EPA to make a final decision on Maryland’s 2016 petition, which the EPA subsequently denied in September. Maryland is suing the EPA over the denial of its petition to protect residents of the state from the negative health consequences of out-of-state pollution.

UPDATE: On November 5, Delaware Attorney General Matthew Denn submitted a Petition to Review over the EPA’s decision to deny its four petitions to regulate ground-level ozone pollution from neighboring states. On December 4, New York and New Jersey filed a Motion to Intervene in the litigation, which has subsequently been granted.
Release | Petition for Review | 1 AG: Maryland ]


October 12, 2018
Filed an Amicus Brief in Support of MA and NY Exxon Mobil Investigations
A coalition of 20 state attorneys general filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit calling for the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by Exxon Mobil Corp. that seeks to halt the climate change-related investigations brought by New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey on First Amendment grounds. On the same day, a coalition of four former Massachusetts attorneys general filed an amicus brief supporting AG Healey’s right to complete her ongoing investigation based on the office's longstanding authority and responsibility to investigate potential cases of misrepresentation or fraud.
Multi-State Amicus Brief | Former AG Amicus Brief20 AGs: Delaware; Oregon; California; Connecticut; Hawaii; Illinois; Iowa; Maine; Maryland; Minnesota; Mississippi; New Jersey; New Mexico; North Carolina; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; Washington, D.C. ]


October 2, 2018
Submitted Comments to FERC Calling for the Rejection of PJM Market Rules Canceling Washington, D.C.’s Renewable Energy Policies
In June 2018, FERC ordered the PJM Interconnection (a grid operator managing one-fifth of the total U.S. electricity market) to re-structure its capacity market to account for what the Commission referred to as “price suppression” from state clean energy policies. In response, PJM put forward two proposals that would remove state-supported clean energy from its capacity market and establish a new Minimum Offer Price Rule (MOPR) for state-supported clean energy. If enacted, PJM’s proposals would counter-act state clean energy policies through establishing an artificial price floor designed to benefit fossil-fuel energy sources.

During the ensuing FERC proceeding, a representative of Washington, D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine submitted comments calling for the Commission to reject PJM’s proposals, noting that the Commission’s Order targets payments made under Washington, D.C.’s Renewable Energy Credit (REC) program, which is beyond the scope of FERC’s regulatory authority under the Federal Power Act. The comments went on to note that Washington, D.C. has committed to reducing emissions by 50 percent from 2006 levels by 2032, and that Washington, D.C. has already succeeded in reducing emissions by 24 percent from 2006 levels through its clean energy policies. (Note: Illinois AG Lisa Madigan also submitted comments to FERC opposing PJM’s proposals on October 2, 2018)
Comments 1 AG: Washington, D.C. ]


October 2, 2018
Submitted Comments to FERC Calling for the Commission’s to Reject PJM Proposals Cancelling Illinois’s Zero Emission Credit Program
In June 2018, FERC ordered the PJM Interconnection (a grid operator managing one-fifth of the total U.S. electricity market) to re-structure its capacity market to account for what the Commission referred to as “price suppression” from state clean energy policies. In response, PJM put forward two proposals that would remove state-supported clean energy from its capacity market and establish a new Minimum Offer Price Rule (MOPR) for state-supported clean energy. If enacted, PJM’s proposals would counter-act state clean energy policies through establishing an artificial price floor designed to benefit fossil-fuel energy sources.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan called on FERC to reject PJM’s proposals in comments filed during the ensuing proceeding. AG Madigan noted that electricity prices in the ComEd Locational Delivery Area serving Northern Illinois continued to rise following the institution the State’s Zero Emission Credit (ZEC) system, demonstrating that Illinois’s clean energy policies were not acting as a mechanism for artificially suppressing prices. AG Madigan requested that FERC institutes a minimum price mechanism in a manner that does not raise capacity market prices to unjust and unreasonable levels. The comments also urged FERC to provide states with sufficient time to adjust state-level policies in response to the finalized capacity market rules.
Comments | Responsive Brief Nov. 6 | 1 AG: Illinois ]


October 1, 2018
Testified in EPA’s Chicago Hearing on the Administration’s Clean Power Plan Replacement
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan testified at the Environmental Protection Agency’s only hearing for its proposal to replace the Obama-era Clean Power Plan. In her testimony, AG Madigan objected to weakening restrictions on carbon emissions from the coal industry, noting that the Administration’s proposed rollback would damage vulnerable ecosystems in Lake Michigan and harm Illinois’ agricultural sector by increasing incidents of extreme precipitation and raising the number of extreme droughts and floods.

AG Madigan also noted that the proposed rule is neither affordable nor clean, pointing to EPA’s own analysis that the new rule would lead to as many as 1,400 preventable deaths and 48,000 new cases of exacerbated asthma. Special Assistant Attorney General Gavin McCabe, representing New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood, also testified at the EPA hearing, joining AG Madigan in criticizing the proposed rule’s increase in preventable deaths and failure to meaningfully reduce carbon emissions.
Illinois Testimony | New York Testimony | 2 AGs: Illinois; New York ]


SEPTEMBER 2018

September 24, 2018
Submitted Comments Rejecting Interior and Commerce Department Proposals to Erode ESA Protections
A coalition of 10 AGs submitted comments to the Interior and Commerce Departments rejecting the Trump Administration’s plan to curtail species protections under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). On July 25, the Administration put forward a series of proposed rules that would overhaul decades of ESA regulatory precedent and limit protections for species threatened by climate change. In addition to their anti-climate provisions, the Administration’s proposed rules would inject economic analysis into listing decisions for species.

The AGs noted that the proposed rules are “unauthorized by law” under the Administrative Procedures Act (APA) because they depart from the text of the statute.  On this point, the AGs called attention to a provision in Section 4 of the ESA which unambiguously prohibits the use of economic analysis in listing decisions. Additionally, the AGs noted that the Administration had failed to meet its obligations under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) based on its lack of analysis into the “devastating environmental effects” of the proposed rules. Failure to comply with NEPA also are grounds to vacate the proposed rules under the APA, the AGs noted.
Release | Comments | 10 AGs: Massachusetts; California; Maryland; New York; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; Vermont; Washington; and the Washington, D.C. ]


September 24, 2018
Testified at EPA’s Fresno Hearing on Vehicle Emissions Standards Reductions
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra testified during the EPA’s first public hearing for its proposed rule rolling back emissions standards for passenger cars and light trucks for model years 2021 through 2026, and revoking California’s waiver under the Clean Air Act.

AG Becerra emphasized that California’s leadership on clean energy has been an economic boon for the State, and pointed out that the State’s historic leadership on emissions standards has not stopped it from becoming the fifth-largest economy in the world. AG Becerra also rejected the legality of the Trump Administration’s proposal to revoke California’s waiver to set its own greenhouse gas emissions standards, noting that California has obtained more than 100 Clean Air Act waivers in the past 40 years and the EPA has never revoked a single waiver before. “Those who claim to support “states’ rights” should make sure they’re not trampling on ours,” said Attorney General Becerra.
Release | Testimony | 1 AG: California ]


September 19, 2018
Reached a Settlement Agreement with Energy Department over Hazardous Vapors at Hanford Nuclear Reservation
Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson reached a settlement agreement with the Energy Department requiring the federal government to implement systems to treat or capture hazardous tank vapors at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, a 586-mile Superfund site managed by the department. In September 2015, AG Ferguson filed a lawsuit against the Energy Department and Washington River Protection Solutions over their failure to address issues related to worker exposure to noxious fumes and chemical vapors at the site, which Attorney General Ferguson noted has been causing illness and prolonged health effects for workers at the site for 20 years.
Release | Settlement Agreement | 1 AG: Washington ]


September 18, 2018
Filed Suit Over Administration’s Repeal of the Methane Waste Prevention Rule
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas filed suit against the Trump Administration on September 18 over the Administration’s decision to dismantle the Obama-era Methane Waste Prevention Rule. In their lawsuit, the attorneys general called the Methane Waste Prevention Rule “a commonsense measure” that would “reduce the enormous waste of natural gas on public lands that results from venting, flaring, and equipment leaks.” The AGs also noted that the Administration’s rollback of the rule comes in the wake of its attempt to “illegally delay and suspend its implementation.” 

“With this attempt to axe the Waste Prevention Rule, the Trump Administration risks the air our children breathe and at taxpayers’ expense,” said Attorney General Becerra. “We’ve sued the Administration before over the illegal delay and suspension of this rule and will continue doing everything in our power to hold them accountable for the sake of our people and planet.”
Release | Lawsuit | 2 AGs: California; New Mexico ]


September 13, 2018
Sent a Letter to Congress Urging Full Funding for the EPA, Removing Anti-Environmental Riders
A coalition of 13 attorneys general transmitted a letter to the Democratic and Republican leaders of both houses of Congress urging an agreement on a federal budget for fiscal year 2019 that preserves the Environmental Protection Agency’s funding levels relative to its FY 2018 budget. The AGs also argued against including any anti-environmental riders in the budget agreement that would “prohibit, de-fund or otherwise amend key health and environmental protection policies of the Agency.”
Letter | 13 AGs: New York; California; Delaware; Iowa; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; New Jersey; Oregon; Rhode Island; Vermont; Washington; Washington, D.C. ]


September 10, 2018
Submitted Petition for Review for the EPA’s Mercury Inventory Rule
Vermont Attorney General T. J. Donovan submitted a petition for review to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit for the EPA’s “Mercury; Reporting Requirements for the TSCA Mercury Inventory” rule. The EPA is required to develop mercury reporting regulations under the Toxic Controlled Substances Act (TSCA), which directs the Agency to create a comprehensive inventory of mercury “supply, use and trade” in the United States. The EPA’s final rule exempts companies from reporting industrial mercury use if those companies are already reporting under TSCA’s Chemical Data Reporting requirements, which critics argue violates Congress’s clear intent under the law, and will lead to an incomplete and outdated inventory of mercury. 
[ Petition | 1 AG: Vermont ]


September 5, 2018
Sued Interior Over Opinion Gutting Enforcement of the MBTA
Eight attorneys general sued the Interior Department, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Interior’s Acting-Solicitor Daniel Jorjani over the Trump Administration’s decision to reverse decades of regulatory precedent related to the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA). The AGs brought their suit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, and are asking the court to vacate what is known as the Jorjani Opinion, a December 2017 Solicitor’s Opinion reinterpreting the scope of the MBTA.

The AGs’ suit argues that the Administration’s new interpretation of the MBTA is inconsistent with the legislative intent of the MBTA to prohibit the unintentional harming of migratory birds, and is an arbitrary and capricious regulatory action in violation of the Administrative Procedures Act.
Release | Lawsuit | 8 AGs: New York; California; Illinois; Maryland; Massachusetts; New Jersey; New Mexico; Oregon ]


AUGUST 2018

August 27, 2018
Sent a letter to EPA, DOT Requesting an Extension of the Public Comment Period for New CAFE Standards
Following the announcement of their intent to file suit against EPA and DOT over fuel efficiency standards, a coalition of 18 AGs sent a letter to EPA Acting-Administrator Andrew Wheeler and Deputy Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Heidi King requesting an extension of the public comment period for the Trump Administration’s new Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) Standards. The AGs noted past precedent and argued that the significance and complexity of the Administration’s proposal necessitates a 120-day comment period. The AGs also argued that more public hearings are warranted, and formally requested that at least one public hearing be held in California given the Administration’s plan to revoke California’s Clean Air Act waiver.
Letter | 18 AGs: California; Connecticut; Delaware; Iowa; Illinois; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Minnesota; New Jersey; New York; North Carolina; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; Vermont; Washington; Washington, D.C. ]


August 23, 2018
Submitted comments opposing EPA’s Proposal to Gut Chemical Safety Risk Management Rule
A coalition of 12 AGs submitted comments to the EPA arguing against the Agency’s proposal to roll back significant components of the Chemical Accident Safety Rule. The targeted provisions include a requirement that companies share information about the dangerous chemicals they produce and to take accident prevention measures. The attorneys general called on EPA to abandon the rollback because the proposal threatens the safety of workers, first responders and surrounding communities and is unlawful under the Clean Air Act.

The AGs’ comments came less than a week after the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of a coalition of state attorneys general that had previously sued the EPA over the Agency’s decision to delay implementation of the Risk Management Rule for 19 months.
Release | Comments | 12 AGs: New York; Illinois; Iowa; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; New Jersey; New Mexico; Oregon; Rhode Island; Vermont; Washington ]


August 21, 2018
Issued Statements Opposing EPA’s CPP Replacement
Eight attorneys general issued statements opposing the EPA’s Clean Power Plan Replacement, the so called “Affordable Clean Energy” rule. The AGs noted that the Trump Administration’s new replacement to the Obama-era rule limiting greenhouse gas emissions from the U.S. electricity sector would result in increased GHG emissions from the coal industry -- exacerbating climate change, rather than mitigating it. The AGs promised legal action if the Administration fails to abandon its current proposal.
Release | 8 AGs: California; Connecticut; Illinois; Iowa; Massachusetts; Maryland; New York; Virginia ]


August 20, 2018
Filed an Amicus Brief opposing the Lighthouse Resourses Inc. Coal Export Terminal
A coalition of 6 AGs submitted an amicus brief to the U.S. District Court of the Western District of Washington in support of Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s decision to deny permitting to Lighthouse Resources, Inc. for the construction of a new coal export terminal in Washington. The AGs argued that States have a sovereign right to set their own policies on issues related to “public health, safety, and the environment,” and that overriding Washington State’s capacity to deny permitting for the export terminal would set a dangerous precedent for this right.
[ Amicus Brief Washington Motion for Summary Judgment6 AGs: California; Maryland; New Jersey; New York; Oregon; Massachusetts ]


August 20, 2018
Submitted Comments to CEQ Demanding that the White House Drop its NEPA Overhaul
A coalition of 9 AGs submitted comments to the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) urging “restraint” as the Trump Administration considers a proposal that could open the door for an overhaul of decades of regulatory precedent related to the implementation of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The AGs argued that CEQ failed to produce data to support the need for major changes to current NEPA regulations, and expressed concern that NEPA revisions may limit the public’s ability to participate in future environmental reviews and threaten the health of states’ residents and the integrity of local ecosystems.
Release | Comments | 9 AGs: California; New York; Washington; Illinois; Maryland; Massachusetts; New Jersey; Vermont; Washington ]


August 17, 2018
Submitted Comments Rejecting EPA’s Proposed Anti-Science Rule
After AGs wrote letters to EPA and the National Academy of Sciences and testified in opposition to a proposal to undermine the use of science in EPA rulemaking, a coalition of 16 AGs submitted comments to the EPA demanding the Agency pull back the proposed rule. EPA’s proposed rule would limit EPA reliance on scientific studies that do not provide public access to all underlying data and methodologies, a move that would prevent the agency from using peer-reviewed research into the health effects of pollution and human exposure to harmful substances.

The AGs noted that it is common practice to keep the medical histories of individuals participating in such studies confidential, and argued that EPA’s proposal has less to do with improving “transparency” than excluding “the science underpinning EPA action to protect the environment and our citizens from harm.” The AGs also argued that EPA’s proposed rule runs contrary to existing federal law requiring the Agency to consider the best science available in the development of new rules.
[ Release | Comments | 16 AGs: New York; New Jersey; California; Connecticut; Delaware; Illinois; Iowa; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Minnesota; North Carolina; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Washington; Washington, D.C. ]


August 13, 2018
Submitted Comments Opposing EPA’s Plan to Change how it Evaluates the Costs and Benefits of New Regulations
A coalition of 13 AGs submitted comments to the EPA asking the Agency to drop a proposed rule to change how it determines the costs and benefits associated with new regulations. The AGs argued that EPA’s proposed rule would allow it to prioritize the cost of compliance for regulated industries over public health concerns. The AGs raised concerns that the EPA is attempting to curtail its ability to calculate the economic benefits associated with limiting pollution and human exposure to harmful substances, while also enabling the agency to place greater weight on the costs of regulatory compliance.

The AGs also noted that the EPA has failed to provide evidence establishing the necessity of a comprehensive review of its methodology for calculating the costs and benefits of regulatory compliance, noting that EPA’s proposed rule seems to pave the way for the consideration of factors that Congress did not intend for it to consider. The AGs explained that this would lead to the promulgation of rules that are “arbitrary and capricious” according to the American Procedure Act.
Release | Comments | 12 AGs: New York; California; Illinois; Iowa; Maryland; Massachusetts; New Jersey; Oregon; Vermont; Washington; Washington, D.C. ]


August 6, 2018
Submitted Comments to BSEE Objecting to the Rollback of Key Offshore Drilling Safety Requirements
A coalition of 10 AGs submitted comments to the Interior Department’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), asking the Bureau to abandon its proposed rollback of critical components of the Blowout Preventer and Well Control Rule. The AGs argued that BSEE’s plan would weaken safety standards and increase the likelihood of another spill like the Deepwater Horizon disaster of 2010.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra also argued against BSEE’s proposed rollback in comments filed separately with the Bureau. Attorney General Becerra’s comments strongly aligned with the comments submitted by the other 10 AGs, and raised specific concerns regarding BSEE’s rule-making methodology and failure to provide an Environmental Impact Statement as required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
Release | Joint Comments | California Comments | 11 AGs: California; Maryland; Connecticut; Maine; New Jersey; New York; North Carolina; Oregon; Washington; Virginia ]


August 3,2018
Submitted Comments to EPA on Risk Evaluations for Toxic Substances
A coalition of 11 Attorneys General submitted comments to the EPA strongly critical of the Agency’s proposed framework for the evaluation of the risk posed by toxic chemicals like asbestos to public health and the environment. The AGs argue in their comments that the EPA’s new proposal is counter to the intended purpose of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, which was signed into law just two years ago on June 22, 2016. The Lautenberg Act was passed as an amendment to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

The AGs contend that Congress amended TSCA in a clear attempt to remove obstacles that had prevented the EPA from playing “a more robust role in protecting public health and the environment,” and that the Agency’s attempt to ignore known uses of toxic chemicals represents an “unlawfully restrictive application of TSCA.” The AGs argue that this can only result in “deeply flawed risk evaluations” that “make it impossible for EPA to fulfill its statutory mandate.” 
Comments | 11 AGs: Massachusetts, California, Hawai’i, Maine, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Vermont, Washington; Washington, D.C. ]


August 2, 2018
Announced intention to file suit against the EPA, DOT over Car Emissions Standards
A coalition of 20 Attorneys General announced that they were prepared to fight the Trump Administration’s proposal to revoke California’s waiver under the Clean Air Act, which allows the State to set its own emissions standard for greenhouse gas emissions. The AGs announced that they are also prepared for a legal battle over the Administration’s proposal to weaken emissions standards for passenger cars and light trucks for model years 2021 through 2026.

12 States and the District of Columbia have adopted the emissions standards set by California, which is the only State that is able to set its own standard under federal law. AGs from all 12 States and the District of Columbia joined the coalition.
Statement | 20 AGs: Massachusetts, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawai’i, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington; Washington, D.C. ]


August 2, 2018
Petitioned for Review of EPA’s Revised Ozone Standards
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan petitioned the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to review revised Ozone standards finalized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on June 4. The rule is titled “Additional Air Quality Designations for the 2015 Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards.” The petition was joined by the City of Chicago.
Petition | 1 AG: Illinois]


JULY 2018

July 26, 2018
Filed Amicus Brief Challenging Appellate Court Ruling on HFC Prohibition
A coalition of 18 Attorneys General filed an amicus brief asking the Supreme Court to overturn a divided U.S. District Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in Mexichem Flour vs. EPA (2017). Relying on a strained reading of the Clean Air Act, a divided lower court ruled that EPA does not have the authority to phase out the use of hydroflourocarbons (HFCs) in air conditioning and refrigerants, even though HFCs are potent greenhouse gases (“air pollutants” under the Clean Air Act) that contribute significantly to climate change.

In their brief, the AGs advanced a compelling argument that the lower court erred in its reading of Section 612 of the Clean Air Act. They joined with environmental and industry petitioners in requesting Supreme Court review.
Amicus Brief | 18 AGs: Massachusetts; Connecticut; Delaware; Hawai’i; Illinois; Iowa; Maine; Maryland; Minnesota; New Jersey; New York; North Carolina; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; Washington, D.C. ]


July 25, 2018
Submitted Comments to FERC arguing for Stronger Economic, Environmental Reviews for New Pipelines
A coalition of 8 Attorneys General led by Massachusetts AG Maura Healey filed comments with FERC asking for a stronger review process for new natural gas pipelines, raising concerns that FERC’s decision-making process is too narrowly focused on the concerns of industry. The AG’s comments recommended probing the relationship between utilities and gas pipeline proponents, evaluating regional energy needs and a more comprehensive environmental analyses including the evaluation of potential climate impacts. FERC has approved 180 billion cubic feet of new interstate natural gas pipeline construction per day in the 18-year period between 1999 and 2017, a total that the AGs noted “exceeds current national peak demand.”

NY AG Barbara Underwood adopted the MA-led coalition comments and filed separate comments noting that FERC often finishes its approval process too quickly, overriding New York’s ability to complete its own assessment of the environment impacts of new pipelines, and harming the State’s policy priorities with regard to clean energy.
Joint Comments | NY Comments | 8 AGs: Massachusetts; Illinois; Maryland; New Jersey; Rhode Island; Washington; New York; Washington, D.C. ]


July 19, 2018
Filed Suit Against EPA Over Glider Truck Rule
*Update: On July 26, 2018 EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler withdrew the rule at the heart of this suit, representing a major win for the Attorneys General in this case (See memo: “Conditional No Action Assurance Regarding Small Manufacturers of Glider Vehicles”). 

A coalition of 16 Attorneys General filed a lawsuit against the EPA for the Agency’s suspension of its 2016 Glider Truck Rule. In its press release announcing the suite, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said that EPA’s decision is dangerous to human health and the environment. “The EPA itself has estimated that adding 10,000 gliders with non-compliant engines onto our roads in a single year could result in up to 1,600 premature deaths, 415,000 tons of additional nitrogen oxide emissions, and 6,800 tons of additional particulate matter emissions over the lifetime of those trucks. We look forward to making our case in court and to holding the EPA accountable for its blatant violation of our laws.”

Release | Petition for Review | 16 AGs: California; Delaware; Illinois; Maine; Maryland; Minnesota; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; Vermont; Washington; Washington, D.C. 
 


July 13, 2018
Submitted a Letter Demanding Immediate Withdrawal of EPAs Glider Truck Rule
A coalition of 13 Attorneys General submitted a letter critical of EPA’s new guidance on its “Glider Rule” limiting the number of new, extremely high polluting trucks allowed per year. The AGs’ letter demands that Acting Administrator, Andrew Wheeler revoke EPA’s “de facto suspension” of the Glider Rule, a decision the AGs write is “clearly unlawful.”

The coalition argued that EPA’s decision would have a dramatic and detrimental impact on the environment and public health based on the Agency’s own data. The States also announced that “absent quick action on your part to withdraw or stay EPA’s de facto suspension, the States are prepared to take action in court.”
Letter | 13 AGs: California; Connecticut; Illinois; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; New Jersey; New York; North Carolina; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Vermont; and Washington ]


July 10, 2018
New York AG Submitted Letter to FERC on Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Natural Gas Projects
New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood submitted a letter to FERC sharply critical of the Commission’s May 18, 2018 decision to deny a rehearing on its Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for Dominion Transmission, Inc. The decision represented “a sudden and unprompted departure” from FERC’s practice of evaluating the environmental impact of greenhouse gas emissions, wrote Underwood.

The letter goes on to detail the State’s concern that the decision was designed to shield FERC from further judicial review, suggesting that the agency has “pre-judged the outcome” of its proceeding soliciting comments on the evaluation of greenhouse gas emissions for future pipelines. The letter concluded by demanding FERC to “disavow the majority opinion of the Rehearing Denial” and “limit the determination” of its decision in order to “preserve the integrity” of its own proceeding.
Letter | 1 AG: New York ]


JUNE 2018

June 27, 2018
Filed Amicus Brief Objecting to Removal of Independent Scientists from Advisory Committees
A coalition of 9 Attorneys General filed an amicus brief in support of the plaintiffs in Physicians for Social Responsibility, et al. v. E. Scott Pruitt objecting to the removal of independent scientists from EPA’s Science Advisory Board. The AGs noted that EPA’s new directive “Strengthening and Improving Membership on EPA Advisory Committees” used the pretense of potential conflicts of interest to force scientists receiving EPA funding for academic research to resign their advisory board positions, “despite the lack of any documented ethical problems” and decades of EPA precedent.

The AGs noted that EPA’s directive does not apply to industry-funded or industry-employed members of the Science Advisory Board, including members that represent private interests well within the scope of EPA’s regulatory authority. As a result of the directive, industry affiliated members now comprise 70 percent of the Science Advisory Board, up from 40 percent previously.
Amicus Brief | 9 AGs: Washington; California; Illinois; Iowa; Maryland; Massachusetts; New Jersey; New York; and Oregon ]


June 26, 2018
Petitioned for Review of EPA’s HFC Rule
A coalition of 11 Attorneys General filed a petition requesting the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to review the EPA’s industry guidance on hydroflourocarbons (HFCs), a potent greenhouse gas. The AGs are challenging EPA’s action entitled “Protection of Stratospheric Ozone: Notification of Guidance and a Stakeholder Meeting Concerning the Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) Program,” seeking a determination by the court pursuant to section 307(d)(9) of the Clean Air Act, 42 U.S.C. 7607(d)(9).

The petition calls EPA’s guidance “unlawful,” and demonstrates the commitment of States to protect the landmark environmental protections established by the Clean Air Act.
Petition | 11 AGs: New York; California; Delaware; Illinois; Massachusetts; Minnesota; New Jersey; Oregon; Vermont; Washington; Washington, D.C. ]


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 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; Washington, D.C. ]


May 22, 2018
Sued FERC for PennEast Pipeline Approval
New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal filed a petition with the District of Columbia Circuit Court over the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) issuance of a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for the PennEast pipeline which runs through the state.
[ Petition | 1 AG: New Jersey ]


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; 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; 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; 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; 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; 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 | 1 AG: California ]


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 | 1 AG: New Jersey ]


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. ]


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 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.
ReleaseAmicus 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."
Release | Comments | 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 | 1 AG: 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 | 1 AG: 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 | 1 AG: 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 | 1 AG: 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 | 1 AG: 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 | Comments18 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 | 1 AG: California 


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 | 1 AG: Massachusetts ]


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 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 | 1 AG: 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 31, 2018
Filed Amicus Brief to Restore Air Pollution Funds to Federal Harley-Davidson Settlement 
In U.S. District Court, District of Columbia, a coalition of 11 attorneys general "filed an amicus brief opposing the elimination of $3 million in funding for clean air projects from a proposed settlement between the federal government and Harley-Davidson. The proposed settlement between the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Harley-Davidson stems from a complaint filed by the DOJ on behalf of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) arguing that Harley-Davidson manufactured and sold 'tuners' that once installed, caused motorcycles to emit excess amounts of certain harmful air pollutants, including hydrocarbons and nitrogen oxides."
Release | Amicus Brief11 AGs: Illinois; Iowa; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; New York; Oregon; Rhode Island; Vermont; Washington; Washington, D.C. ]


January 31, 2018
Sued FERC for Records Related to Proposal to Bail Out Coal and Nuclear Companies
In U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington (Seattle), Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson sued FERC for nuclear and coal records under the Freedom of Information Act. "In light of the long periods of time in 2017 during which FERC failed to have a quorum of commissioners, failed to have a public meeting, and/or considered very significant changes to American energy markets, Washingtonians (and all Americans) deserve to know what was happening at FERC, especially among those few Commissioners who remained at the Commission."
Complaint | 1 AG: Washington ]


January 30, 2018
Withdrew from Christie-Era Lawsuit Opposing the Clean Power Plan 
New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal field paperwork to "withdraw from West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a case working its way through the federal courts in which certain states, including New Jersey, sued the federal government in an effort to undo President Obama’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) regulations."
Release | 1 AG: New Jersey ]


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 | 6 AGs: Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; New York; North Carolina; Virginia ]


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 | 1 AG: California ]


January 18, 2018
Hosted Hearing on Clean Power Plan Repeal After EPA Ignored Request
After a request for a public hearings in his states were ignored by the Environmental Protection Agency, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman hosted his own public hearing on the proposed repeal of the Clean Power Plan in New York City.
Release | 1 AG: New York ]


January 17, 2018
Sued EPA For Failing To Protect Residents From Out-Of-State Air Pollution
Attorneys general "filed a lawsuit against the Trump Administration for violating the federal Clean Air Act by failing to curb ground-level ozone (or “smog”) pollution that blows into New York" and Connecticut.
Release | Complaint | 2 AGs: Connecticut and New York ]


January 16, 2018
Protested Offshore Drilling Plan at Interior Meeting
Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh protested the Trump Administration's plans to drill off the coast of Maryland during a meeting in Annapolis with officials from the Bureau of Ocean Management, and presented a waiver for Secretary Zinke to sign except Maryland from the plan. 
Video | 1 AG: Maryland ]


January 11, 2018
Hosted Hearing on Clean Power Plan Repeal After EPA Ignored Request
After a request for a public hearings in his states were ignored by the Environmental Protection Agency, Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh hosted his own public hearing on the proposed repeal of the Clean Power Plan in Annapolis.
Release | 1 AG: Maryland ]


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; 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; Washington ]


DECEMBER 2017

December 26, 2017
Sued EPA for Failing to Protect Residents from Out-of-State Pollution 
Eight attorneys general, led by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, sued EPA "to force action under the Clean Air Act to ensure upwind states adequately control the pollution that blows into New York and other downwind states...Specifically, the suit challenges the EPA’s denial of a petition that New York and several other states filed in late 2013 for the Agency to add nine additional states to the 'Ozone Transport Region,' a group of states established under the federal Clean Air Act that must act in concert to reduce smog pollution within the region."
Release | Complaint | 8 AGs: Connecticut; Delaware; Maryland; Massachusetts; New York; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; Vermont ]


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 | 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 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 | 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 ]


December 12, 2017
Opposed Dept. of Justice's Harley Davidson Consent Decree Lacking Mitigation
Attorneys general say the proposed Consent Decree does not satisfy the applicable standard for entry of a consent decrees and does not serve the public interest.
Notice of Intent to File Amicus Brief | 9 AGs: Iowa; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; New York; Oregon; Rhode Island; Vermont; Washington ]


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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 1 AG: 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 (NY only); Comments | 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."
Letter6 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; 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 | 9 AGs: California; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; New York; Oregon; Vermont; Washington; Washington, D.C. ]


September 27, 2017
Maryland AG Frosh Sued EPA Over Power Plant Pollution Control 
In District Court, District of Maryland, Attorney General Brian Frosh sued EPA "for failing to act on a petition requiring power plants in five upwind states to implement air pollution controls...The complaint filed today cites research that 36 power plants in the five neighboring states emit pollution that contributes to poor air quality in Maryland and alleges that the power plants have failed to operate necessary pollution controls that would reduce pollution flowing into Maryland."
Release | Complaint | 1 AG: Maryland]


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 | 1 AG: 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 | Complaint8 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
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 | 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 | 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 | 1 AG: 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 | 1 AG: California ]


August 17, 2017
Sued EPA Over Eastern Long Island Sound Disposal Site Designation 
In District Court, Eastern District of New York, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed a lawsuit "challenging EPA’s decision to designate a permanent open water disposal site in eastern Long Island Sound for tens of millions of cubic yards of dredged sediments. The EPA’s site designation violates the Ocean Dumping Act and the Coastal Zone Management Act."
Release Complaint | New York ]


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 | 1AG: 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 | 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. ]


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 | 1 AG: California ]


July 25, 2017
Sued EPA for Illegally Delaying Rule that Protect Communities & First Responders from Chemical Accidents 
In D.C. Court of Appeals, attorneys general sued EPA "for illegally delaying a vital rule meant to protect communities, workers, and first responders from dangerous chemical accidents. The rule – the Accidental Release Prevention Requirements or the 'Chemical Accident Safety Rule'– makes critical improvements to Congressionally-mandated protections against explosions, fires, poisonous gas releases, and other accidents at more than 12,000 facilities across the country—including over 200 in New York—that store and use toxic chemicals. "
Release | Petition for Review | 11 AGs: Illinois; Iowa; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; New Mexico; New York; Oregon; Rhode Island; Vermont; Washington ]


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 | 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 | 1 AG: Oregon ]


July 6, 2017
Challenged EPA's Approval of Toxic Pesticide Chlorpyrifos in Foods 
In the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, attorneys general "moved to intervene in a lawsuit against the EPA...after filing legal objections with the EPA last month. In March 2017, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt took action that allowed the continued use of chlorpyrifos on food crops even while the agency failed to identify a safe level for the pesticide. Chlorpyrifos is widely used, including on fruits and vegetables consumed by infants, young children, and pregnant women, and is shown to negatively impact proper development and functioning of the central nervous system and brain."
Release | Motion to Intervene | 6 AGs: Maryland; Massachusetts; New York; Vermont; Washington; Washington, D.C. ]


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; 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 | 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 | 12 AGs: California; Delaware; Iowa; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; New York; Oregon; Rhode Island; Vermont; Washington; Washington, D.C. ]


June 20, 2017
Filed Intervention In EPA Lawsuit Seeking Reduction In Greenhouse Gas Emissions 
In the D.C. Court of Appeals, attorneys general filed "a motion to intervene in a lawsuit against EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s actions to halt regulation of leaks of greenhouse gas emissions and other harmful air pollutants from new sources in the oil and gas industry."
Release Motion to Intervene | DC Court of Appeals | 14 AGs: Connecticut; Delaware; Illinois; Iowa; Maryland; Massachusetts; New Mexico; New York; Oregon; Pennsylvania; 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 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 | 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 | 1 AG: 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 | 6 AGs: California; Illiniois; Maine; Maryland; New York; Washington ]


May 16, 2017
Connecticut AG Jepsen Sued EPA for Failing to Act to Reduce Emissions from Pennsylvania Coal Plant 
In District Court, District of Connecticut, Attorney General George Jepsen sue the EPA "for failure to take timely action on a petition from Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) asking the EPA to take action to stop pollution from a Pennsylvania coal-fired power plant from blowing our way."
Release | Complaint | 1 AG: Connecticut ]


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 | 1 AG: 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 


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 | 1 AG: New Mexico ]


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; 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 | 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 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 | 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 | 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 ]


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 | 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 | 1 AG: 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 | 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 | 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 | 7 AGs: Illinois; Massachusetts; New Mexico; New York; Oregon; Rhode Island; Vermont ]


JANUARY 2017

January 24, 2017
Filed to Intervene in EPA Suit to Keep Truck Emissions Rule in Place
In D.C. District Court, attorneys general filed a motion to intervene "to preserve a federal program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from new medium- and heavy-duty vehicles and engines...the attorneys general state they have substantial interests in strong, federal greenhouse gas emissions standards because such standards are needed – as part of broader efforts – to secure nationwide emissions reductions that are crucial to mitigate climate impacts that are already being experienced in their states. " 
Release | Motion to Intervene | 7 AGsConnecticut; Iowa; Massachusetts; Oregon; Rhode Island; Vermont; Washington ]


January 19, 2017
Sought to Defend EPA Rule Protecting States From Upwind Smog Pollution
In D.C. District Court, attorneys general sought to intervene  "in support of the EPA’s Cross-State Air Pollution Update Rule, which requires power plants in 22 states to significantly reduce smog pollution that blows into downwind states...and threatens public health." The measure "has been challenged by fourteen energy corporations and upwind states seeking to overturn the rule."
Release | Motion to Intervene | 6 AGs: Maryland; Massachusetts; New Hampshire; New York; Rhode Island; Vermont ]