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.

 

  • February 10, 2020
    Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raul led a coalition of 11 attorneys general in filing comments urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to adopt stricter standards for ethylene oxide (EtO) emissions from the more than 100 facilities nationwide that use the gas to sterilize medical instruments and other products. In their comments, the attorneys general noted that the existing National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for EtO fail to…
    States: Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont
  • February 07, 2020
    Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra led a coalition of five attorneys general in filing an amicus brief urging the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to uphold Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) orders that facilitate the participation of energy storage resources in wholesale electricity markets. The brief emphasizes that FERC’s orders comport with the commission’s authority under the Federal Power Act, and that…
    States: California, Massachusetts, Michigan, Rhode Island, Washington, D.C.
  • February 03, 2020
    New York Attorney General Letitia James led a coalition of eighteen attorneys general in filing comments in response to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) request for input on the potential addition of certain PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) to the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI), a list of chemicals subject to stringent release reporting requirements that provide federal, state and local authorities with critical information on pollutant discharges and…
    Documents: Comments 
    States: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin
  • February 03, 2020
    Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel reached a settlement totaling nearly $70 million in litigation with footwear manufacturer Wolverine World Wide Inc. over per- and polyfluoroalykl (PFAS) contamination of drinking water supplies. The settlement will fund the extension of municipal water service to more than 1,000 properties where groundwater wells are contaminated with PFAS. Wolverine must also continue to operate and maintain drinking water filters in other affected areas,…
    States: Michigan
  • January 30, 2020
    New York Attorney General Letitia James and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra led a coalition of seven attorneys general in filing comments with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that raised concerns with a proposed rule that would weaken protections against human exposure to harmful pesticides when they are being applied on farm fields. The agency's proposal would roll back standards that were updated and strengthened in 2015 “to prevent unreasonable…
    States: California, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Washington
  • January 29, 2020
    New York Attorney General Letitia James led a coalition of 15 attorneys general in filing a petition for review of a final rule published by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in December 2019 that rolled back key elements of the agency's Chemical Accident Safety Rule. The Chemical Accident Safety Rule, finalized in early 2017, established protections for workers, first responders and communities from accidents involving dangerous chemicals used or stored at…
    States: Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, D.C., Wisconsin
  • January 29, 2020
    Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson reached a settlement with the U.S. Navy in litigation over the Navy’s in-water hull scraping of a decommissioned aircraft carrier in 2017, which resulted in contamination of Puget Sound and harm to its ecosystems, including potentially to salmon and orcas. Under the settlement, the Navy will cease in-water hull scraping of decommissioned ships for 10 years, and will remediate existing contamination of underwater sediments.
    States: Washington
  • January 27, 2020
    Connecticut Attorney General William Tong, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and Maine Attorney General Aaron Frey sent a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) urging the commission to require ISO New England to remove impediments to effective competition for transmission projects. In their letter, the attorneys general emphasized that “[f]undamentally, ISO-NE has yet to embrace the benefits of competition and the fact that there are clear advantages to…
    States: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts
  • January 23, 2020
    Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel successfully advocated before the Michigan Public Service Commission for a reduced rate increase for Indiana Michigan Power Co., which serves roughly 129,000 retail electric customers in southwestern Michigan. Indiana Michigan Power Co. initially requested a rate increase of $58.5 million; AG Nessel successfully advocated for a $22.1 million reduction to the company's request, reducing the increase in an average residential customer's electric…
    Documents: MI Press Release
    States: Michigan
  • January 23, 2020
    Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel successfully advocated before the Michigan Public Service Commission for civil penalties against Consumers Energy, following the utility's failure to mark its natural gas lines after receiving dig notices as required under the state's Underground Facility Damage Prevention and Safety Act. In addition to $145,000 in civil penalties, Consumers Energy was required to make a $100,000 contribution to MISS DIG, the state's utility safety…
    Documents: MI Press Release
    States: Michigan
  • January 22, 2020
    Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in support of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit’s ruling invalidating the permit issued by the U.S. Forest Service allowing the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to cross the Appalachian Trail in Virginia. In the amicus brief, AG Herring said that "federal agencies charged with administering federal lands within [Virginia's] borders must fulfill their statutory obligations," and emphasized that…
    States: Virginia
  • January 22, 2020
    Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan led a coalition of 14 attorneys general in filing an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in support of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit’s ruling invalidating the permit issued by the U.S. Forest Service allowing the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to cross the Appalachian Trail in Virginia. In the amicus brief, the attorneys general detailed the statutory and regulatory record clearly establishing the National Park Service's jurisdiction…
    States: Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, D.C.
  • January 21, 2020
    Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh and Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro led a coalition of five attorneys general in filing comments urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to withdraw two proposed rules related to coal ash, the toxic remains of coal burned in power plants that is stored in hundreds of unlined ponds across the country. The first proposed rule would extend deadlines for the closure of coal ash ponds, known as impoundments, as far out as 2028; the…
    Documents: Comments
    States: Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Vermont
  • January 21, 2020
    California Attorney General Xavier Becerra led a coalition of 12 attorneys general in submitting comments that were sharply critical of a plan proposed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) that could open 6.6 million acres of the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska — an area the size of Massachusetts — to new oil and gas leasing. BLM’s draft Environmental Impact Statement and Integrated Activity Plan call for leasing in wildlife habitat that the bureau designated off-limits in its 2013…
    Documents: Comments | CA Press Release
    States: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Vermont, Washington
  • January 17, 2020
    New York Attorney General Letitia James led a coalition of 12 attorneys general in filing an amicus brief in support of Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey's position in litigation over the planned decommissioning of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station. AG Healey challenged the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC) September 2019 decision to approve the transfer of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station to Holtec International for decommissioning without allowing Massachusetts an…
    States: Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Vermont
  • January 17, 2020
    Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh led a coalition of 12 attorneys general in filing an amicus brief in Allegheny Defense Project v. FERC, a rehearing en banc by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit of a landowner and environmental group challenge to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) issuance of a certificate authorizing the construction of the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline. The case involves FERC’s use of tolling orders to grant itself additional time to…
    States: Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Washington, Washington, D.C.
  • January 17, 2020
    California Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed a lawsuit challenging the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) plan to open more than one million acres of federal land in Central California to oil and gas drilling, including fracking. The complaint emphasized that BLM’s plan would exacerbate air pollution problems in Kern County, much of which is in nonattainment with 2008 National Ambient Air Quality Standards for ozone and fine particulate matter (PM2.5), “as well as…
    States: California
  • January 16, 2020
    California Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed comments criticizing the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) draft ecological risk assessment of the pesticide flonicamid, prepared as part of a registration review that the agency is required to conduct every 15 years under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act. In the comments, AG Becerra emphasized that “despite new studies showing that flonicamid presents significant risks to pollinators," including…
    States: California
  • January 16, 2020
    New York Attorney General Letitia James and Connecticut Attorney General William Tong filed a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over its failure to fulfill its non-discretionary duties under the Clean Air Act’s “good neighbor” provision, which requires the agency to ensure that upwind states’ air pollution emissions do not interfere with downwind states’ ability to comply with federal air quality standards. The lawsuit follows the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C.…
    States: Connecticut, New York
  • January 14, 2020
    Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel filed a lawsuit against 17 companies over contamination of the state's water resources resulting from the sale, distribution and handling of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and PFAS-containing products. In the complaint, AG Nessel emphasized the need "to hold some of the largest chemical companies in the world accountable for their culpable conduct" and "to recover the funds and resources necessary for Michigan to continue identifying,…
    States: Michigan