ATTORNEY GENERAL GURBIR GREWAL
TOTAL ACTIONS: 32
Updated December 14, 2018
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 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 ]
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 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 Brief | 20 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. ]
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; and the District of Columbia]
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 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; District of Columbia]
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 20, 2018
Filed an Amicus Brief opposing the Lighthouse Recourses 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 | 6 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; District of Columbia]
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; District of Columbia]
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.]
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 and the District of Columbia]
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 and the District of Columbia]
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; and the District of Columbia]
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; and the District of Columbia]
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; and the District of Columbia]
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]
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; and the District of Columbia.]
May 29, 2018
Submitted Letter to NAS on EPA proposal to limit science in rulemaking
A coalition of seven attorneys general and five city attorneys submitted a letter requesting the National Academy of Sciences to formally comment on an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed rule to limit the use of scientific evidence in rulemakings.
"Because of the importance of this issue to public health and the environment, and because EPA has not indicated that it intends to seek appropriate input and guidance from the leading scientists in the nation on this fundamental question of the use of science in EPA's execution of its mission, we write to you directly to ask that the National Academy review and comment on EPA's proposal," wrote the attorneys general in the letter.
[ Release | Letter | 7 AGs: Delaware; Maryland; Massachusetts; New Jersey; New York; Oregon; and District of Columbia ]
May 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 2, 2018
Filed Comments Challenging Proposed Rollbacks of Penalties for Fuel Economy Violations
Thirteen attorneys general submitted comments to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) over a proposal to cut by over 60 percent the penalty to automakers for violating national fuel economy standards. The AGs argued that NHTSA has no authority to reduce the penalty, and that the rollback is "arbitrary and capricious," and will undermine national fuel economy standards by slashing the penalties that incentivize automakers to comply with them.
[ Comments |13 AGs: California; Delaware; Illinois; Iowa; Maryland; Massachusetts; New Jersey; New York; Oregon; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; and Washington, D.C.]
May 1, 2018
Sued EPA for Proposal to Roll Back Vehicle Emissions Standards
18 attorneys general filed a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for beginning the process of rolling back critical vehicle emissions standards that help to ensure clean air. The lawsuit seeks to set aside and hold unlawful EPA's effort to weaken national clean car standards by tossing out greenhouse gas emissions standards for model year 2022-2025 vehicles.
[Release | Lawsuit | 18 AGs: California; Connecticut; Delaware; Illinois; Iowa; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Minnesota; New Jersey; New York; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; and Washington, D.C.]
April 9, 2018
Submitted FOIA Request Over Offshore Drilling Exemption Interior Gave to Florida
New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal "called on the U.S. Department of the Interior to fully explain its decision to exempt Florida from offshore drilling, while refusing to do the same for New Jersey...the Attorney General submitted a Freedom of Information Act request seeking all correspondence and internal documents related to any meetings and conversations that took place between the offices of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Florida Governor Rick Scott in the run-up to the announcement of Florida’s exemption from offshore drilling on January 9, 2018."
[Release | FOIA | New Jersey]
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]
February 6, 2018
Sued EPA and Army Corps of Engineers to Block "Unlawful" Delay of Clean Water Rule
In U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, New York Attorney Genera Eric Schneiderman led a group of 11 attorneys general in suing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for suspending for two years the Clean Water Rule. The attorneys general argue the EPA ignored scientific evidence and a multi-year comment process and changed the definition of "waters of the United States."
[Release | Complaint | 11 AGs: California; Connecticut; Maryland; Massachusetts; New Jersey; New York; Oregon; Rhode Island; Vermont; Washington; and Washington, D.C.]
February 1, 2018
Urged Secretary Zinke to Terminate Offshore Drilling Plans
A coalition of 12 attorneys general, led by North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein, sent a letter to Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke urging him to terminate Interior's plan in the Draft Proposed Program to expand offshore drilling.
[Release | Letter | 12 AGs: California; Connecticut; Delaware; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; New Jersey; New York; North Carolina; Oregon; Rhode Island; Virginia]
January 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 | New Jersey]