Attorney General Actions

State attorneys general are working to advance clean energy, climate and environmental laws and policies. Use the filters below to search actions of regional and national significance taken by state attorneys general since 2017. To alert us to an action that should be added to our database, email stateimpactcenter@nyu.edu.

 

  • March 16, 2021
    New York Attorney General Letitia James led a coalition of 12 attorneys general in filing a petition for review of two rules issued by the Energy Department during the final week of the Trump administration that allow inefficient gas-fired residential furnaces and commercial water heaters to remain on the market. The rules improperly found that “non-condensing combustion technology” is a performance-related “feature” and thus cannot be phased out through an efficiency standard under…
    States: California, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Vermont, Washington, Washington, D.C.
  • March 04, 2021
    Connecticut Attorney General William Tong submitted testimony in support of state legislation to better protect customers against deceptive and exploitative business practices used by some retail electric suppliers. In his testimony, Attorney General Tong emphasized that his office’s “direct experience indicates that illegal and deceptive sales practices persist” despite existing consumer protections, and explained that the need for the legislation is “readily apparent” given the…
    States: Connecticut
  • March 01, 2021
    New York Attorney General Letitia James led a coalition of 10 attorneys general in filing a petition for review of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) January 2020 revisions to the Lead and Copper Rule under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). State AGs previously filed comments expressing support for some of the changes, while warning that the reduction of the lead service line replacement rate — from 7 percent to 3 percent annually — may violate an anti-…
    States: California, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., Wisconsin
  • March 01, 2021
    New York Attorney General Letitia James led a coalition of 16 attorneys general in filing a petition for reconsideration of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) decision to retain the existing National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ozone. Since the current primary and secondary standards for ozone were set at 70 parts per billion in 2015, significant new evidence has emerged regarding the human health harms of ozone exposure, prompting many experts in…
    States: California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Washington, D.C., Wisconsin
  • March 01, 2021
    New York Attorney General Letitia James led a coalition of 12 attorneys general in submitting comments urging the Interior Department to restore long-standing protections under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) against the incidental take of protected birds. Reiterating concerns raised in previous comments and court filings, the attorneys general warned that the Trump administration's rollback “removes a critical incentive for industry to take reasonable measures to avoid killing…
    Documents: Comments
    States: California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Washington
  • February 28, 2021
    Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit against retail electricity supplier Griddy, LLC, over the company's "false, misleading, and deceptive acts and practices" that violated the state's consumer protection laws. According to the lawsuit, the company's promised customers "'wholesale' prices that would consistently beat traditional energy costs," despite being "fully aware of the reality of the risk in its pricing scheme — sky-high energy rates at a time when…
    States: Texas
  • February 24, 2021
    Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel filed a petition to intervene in a Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) proceeding over the transfer of licenses for a retiring nuclear plant and spent-fuel storage site to Holtec International for decommissioning. The petition emphasizes that AG Nessel “does not believe Holtec possesses the financial qualifications or assurances necessary to complete such a risk-intensive project,” and warns that the company’s plan “endangers our environment and health, and…
    States: Michigan
  • February 16, 2021
    New York Attorney General Letitia James led a coalition of 15 attorneys general in filing a petition for review of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) attempt to delay statutorily mandated inflation adjustments of penalties for automakers whose vehicle fleets fail to meet federal fuel efficiency standards. The petition challenged a last-minute interim final rule issued by the outgoing Trump administration in mid-January 2021 that sought to delay the…
    States: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington
  • February 16, 2021
    Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh led a coalition of six attorneys general in filing a brief urging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to affirm and strengthen protections for landowners, states and other challengers to natural gas infrastructure authorizations. The brief was filed in response to FERC’s request for additional input on Order No. 871, which the Commission finalized in June 2020 to ensure that construction on FERC-authorized natural gas…
    Documents: Brief | MD Press Release
    States: Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oregon, Rhode Island, Washington, D.C.
  • February 11, 2021
    California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey led a coalition of 10 attorneys general in filing comments in opposition to a proposal by the Trump administration to establish that the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management are not required to reinitiate Endangered Species Act (ESA) consultation when new information surfaces regarding effects of the agencies’ land management plans on protected…
    Documents: Comments
    States: California, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, Washington
  • February 08, 2021
    Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Neronha filed a motion to intervene in litigation over the proposed expansion of a marina on the Great Salt Pond in Block Island, RI. The proposal was approved by the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) outside of the council's normal review channels, through a memorandum of understanding between the CRMC and the developer. In a memorandum in support of the motion to intervene, AG Neronha emphasized that approving the "unexplained,…
    States: Rhode Island
  • February 03, 2021
    California Attorney General Xavier Becerra secured a settlement requiring Schnitzer Steel Industries, the operator of a metal shredding and recycling facility in West Oakland, to make significant modifications to its equipment in order to prevent fugitive emissions of toxic air pollutants that pose a serious threat to public health. The settlement also requires the company to pay “roughly $1.55 million for civil penalties, $2.1 million for supplemental environmental projects that will…
    States: California
  • February 03, 2021
    Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul secured a settlement with County Materials Corp. over violations of the state's air quality laws involving unpermitted emissions of particulates, volatile organic compounds and other pollutants from the company's concrete materials manufacturing facility in Janesville, WI. The company allegedly operated its facility without a permit for several years, and failed to pay emissions fees and submit emissions reports as required under state law.…
    States: Wisconsin
  • February 01, 2021
    California Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed a motion to intervene in litigation over the approval of the Guenoc Valley Project, a large proposed "residential and resort development project" in a wildfire-prone area of Lake County, CA. In the motion, AG Becerra noted that in approving the project, Lake County officials "failed to adequately analyze and mitigate wildfire risk, greenhouse gas emissions, and other environmental impacts" and "failed to provide both decision makers and…
    Documents: Motion | CA Press Release
    States: California
  • February 01, 2021
    Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey secured a settlement with solar developer Dynamic Energy Solutions, LLC, over Clean Water Act violations involving "excessive sediment discharges to the West Branch Mill River and Rogers Brook and their associated tributaries and wetlands resource areas." Under the terms of the settlement, the company will pay a total of $1.14 million in costs and penalties, including $530,000 in restoration costs, $215,000 to fund the acquisition of nearby lands…
    States: Massachusetts
  • January 29, 2021
    Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul secured a settlement with Rolling Hills Dairy Farm, LLC, a dairy farm located in Luxemberg, WI, over violations of the facility's Wisconsin Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (WPDES) permit. The violations involved discharges of wastewater containing high concentrations of phosphorus and other pollutants from the farm's feed storage area into a nearby waterway. Under the terms of the settlement, the company will be required to construct…
    States: Wisconsin
  • January 25, 2021
    North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein, together with the Public Staff of the North Carolina Utilities Commission and the Sierra Club, secured a settlement with Duke Energy over the costs of cleaning up coal ash pollution discharged into the state's waterways from storage ponds near the company's power plants. The settlement came in litigation brought by AG Stein challenging the Utilities Commission's approval of a rate increase that would have passed effectively the entire burden…
    Documents: NC Press Release
    States: North Carolina
  • January 25, 2021
    Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul secured a judgment requiring a group of companies to pay $75,000 in penalties for violations that occurred during demolition and construction at a U-Haul facility in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. In a press release, Attorney General Kaul's office explained that the companies failed to "inspect for asbestos before starting renovation work; remove and adequately wet asbestos before disturbing it; and have a representative trained in asbestos handling and…
    Documents: WI Press Release
    States: Wisconsin
  • January 22, 2021
    New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a lawsuit against the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) following the NRC’s refusal to hold a hearing on the state’s concerns regarding financial and technical aspects of the planned decommissioning of the Indian Point Nuclear Generating Station in the lower Hudson Valley. Over the objections of AG James and several local government entities, the NRC recently authorized transfer of the nuclear plant’s license from its operator, Entergy, to Holtec…
    States: New York
  • January 22, 2021
    Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul secured a settlement with Kostechka Dairy, LLC, a dairy farm located in Whitelaw, WI, over violations of the state's animal runoff and wastewater pollution control laws. Under the terms of the settlement, the company will be required to construct wastewater runoff control systems to prevent future violations, and pay $30,000 in penalties and fees.
    States: Wisconsin