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.

 

  • June 29, 2020
    Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra led a coalition of 16 attorneys general in sending a letter to the White House in response to an executive order that directed federal agencies to invoke emergency provisions under the National Environmental Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act and the Clean Water Act in order to “accelerate” approvals of major infrastructure projects. In their…
    States: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Vermont, Washington, Washington, D.C., Wisconsin
  • June 29, 2020
    New York Attorney General Letitia James led a coalition of 17 attorneys general in filing comments in “strong opposition” to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed decision to not amend National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for particulate matter. The comments emphasized that the “weight of new scientific evidence and other analyses regarding harm to health from particulate matter since the last review... demonstrates the need to strengthen those standards in…
    Documents: Comments | Press Release
    States: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin
  • June 25, 2020
    District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine filed a lawsuit in D.C. Superior Court against ExxonMobil, Royal Dutch Shell, BP, Chevron and various subsidiaries alleging that over a period of five decades, the companies “intentionally misled consumers in Washington, DC about the central role their products play in causing climate change, one of the greatest threats facing humanity.” The complaint emphasizes that the companies “have and continue to place profits over people” and “have reaped…
    States: Washington, D.C.
  • June 24, 2020
    Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison filed a lawsuit in state court against ExxonMobil, Koch Industries and the American Petroleum Institute alleging that the companies committed consumer fraud, employed deceptive trade practices and engaged in false advertising regarding their fossil fuel products’ contributions to climate change. The complaint alleges that the companies “misled the public to pad their own pockets,” and seeks to ensure that “the parties who have profited from avoiding…
    States: Minnesota
  • June 22, 2020
    Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey led a coalition of 16 attorneys general in filing a motion to intervene to defend the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) against a challenge brought by the coal company Westmoreland Holdings LLC. The AGs emphasized that they sought to intervene in the litigation "to advance [their] compelling interests in preserving federal limits on power plant hazardous air pollution,…
    States: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont
  • June 15, 2020
    Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey led a bipartisan coalition of 31 attorneys general in sending a letter urging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to deny a petition that requested the commission assert federal jurisdiction over net metering. If approved, the petition would upend existing state-based net metering programs and dramatically slow the growth of rooftop solar and other kinds of distributed electricity generation. In their letter, the…
    Documents: Letter | MA Press Release
    States: Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Washington, Washington, D.C., Wisconsin
  • June 15, 2020
    Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring filed a protest urging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to deny a petition that requested the commission assert federal jurisdiction over net metering. If approved, the petition would upend existing state-based net metering programs and dramatically slow the growth of rooftop solar and other kinds of distributed electricity generation. In the protest, Attorney General Herring asserted that the petition poses a "…
    Documents: Protest
    States: Virginia
  • June 15, 2020
    Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey led a coalition of 16 attorneys general in filing a protest urging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to deny a petition that requested the commission assert federal jurisdiction over net metering. If approved, the petition would upend existing state-based net metering programs and dramatically slow the growth of rooftop solar and other kinds of distributed electricity generation. In their protest, the AGs…
    States: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Washington, Washington, D.C., Wisconsin
  • June 15, 2020
    Connecticut Attorney General William Tong filed a protest urging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to deny a petition that requested the commission assert federal jurisdiction over net metering. If approved, the petition would upend existing state-based net metering programs and dramatically slow the growth of rooftop solar and other kinds of distributed electricity generation. In the protest, Attorney General Tong emphasized that an assertion of federal jurisdiction…
    Documents: Protest
    States: Connecticut
  • June 15, 2020
    New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal filed a lawsuit against the City of Trenton and Trenton Water Works, the city’s water utility, over their failure to implement necessary improvements to the city’s water infrastructure to reduce lead contamination and address other health concerns. The lawsuit seeks to compel the City of Trenton and Trenton Water Works to replace lead service lines, to take measures to protect the city's potable water reservoir from…
    States: New Jersey
  • June 15, 2020
    Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro filed a protest urging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to deny a petition that requested the commission assert federal jurisdiction over net metering. If approved, the petition would upend existing state-based net metering programs and dramatically slow the growth of rooftop solar and other kinds of distributed electricity generation. In the petition, Attorney General Shapiro expressed "serious concerns" about the…
    Documents: Protest
    States: Pennsylvania
  • June 12, 2020
    Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro secured penalties against Range Resources Corp., a Texas-based shale gas drilling company, in response to the company's mishandling of contamination at two well sites in southwestern Pennsylvania. The company pleaded no contest to seven misdemeanor charges, and will pay $50,000 in fines and make $100,000 in contributions to two watershed groups. The plea came as part of a two-year grand jury investigation into violations of environmental…
    Documents: PA Press Release
    States: Pennsylvania
  • June 10, 2020
    California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro and Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul led a coalition of 22 attorneys general in filing comments in response to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) preliminary determinations to regulate perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) under the Safe Drinking Water ACt. The AGs expressed their support for the EPA’s proposed decision to regulate PFOA and…
    States: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Washington, Washington, D.C., Wisconsin
  • June 09, 2020
    Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel filed a lawsuit against Boyce Hydro alleging that the company's negligence contributed to the catastrophic failure of two dams that resulted in major destruction of public and private property and damage to Michigan's natural resources. The complaint recounts an extensive history of alleged negligence by Boyce Hydro, which ultimately culminated in the failure of the Edenville and Sanford Dams.
    States: Michigan
  • June 04, 2020
    Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey petitioned the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) to investigate the future of the natural gas industry in light of the commonwealth’s legally binding mandate to transition away from fossil fuels by 2050. The petition emphasized that Massachusetts’ climate policy will have “profound impacts on gas distribution system management, operations, and rates,” and that a proactive investigation into the future of natural gas will aid the…
    States: Massachusetts
  • June 02, 2020
    California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey led a coalition of 14 attorneys general in filing comments highlighting deficiencies in the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) draft Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) risk evaluation for asbestos. The comments warned that the draft evaluation “fails to properly characterize the conditions of use for asbestos,” and urged the EPA to “revise its approach ... to…
    States: California, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, Washington, D.C.
  • June 01, 2020
    New York Attorney General Letitia James and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra led a coalition of 16 attorneys general in submitting comments in response to an Energy Department request for information on whether to amend energy efficiency standards for general service fluorescent lamps (GSFLs) and incandescent reflector lamps (IRLs). The comments focused on the Energy Department’s evaluation of standards for IRLs, and emphasized that the department must use the “the…
    Documents: Comments | CA Press Release
    States: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Vermont, Washington, Washington, D.C.
  • May 29, 2020
    California Attorney General Xavier Becerra led a coalition of 21 attorneys general in filing a motion to intervene in litigation challenging the Trump administration’s so-called SAFE Vehicles rule — which weakened fuel efficiency and emissions standards for passenger vehicles and light trucks — on the grounds that the rule is unjustifiably stringent. In their motion, the attorneys general emphasized that they firmly oppose “any arguments that [Environmental Protection Agency] and [the National…
    States: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Washington, D.C., Wisconsin
  • May 29, 2020
    Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) secured a settlement with Sprague Resources LP, a New Hampshire-based energy company, to end the company's unlawful operation of two petroleum product terminals in Quincy and Everett, Massachusetts, without required state and federal air quality permits. Under the terms of the settlement, the company will pay $350,000 in civil penalties and obtain the required permits.
    States: Massachusetts
  • May 27, 2020
    California Attorney General Xavier Becerra led a coalition of 24 attorneys general in filing a petition for review of the Trump administration’s so-called SAFE Vehicles rule, which weakened fuel efficiency and emissions standards for passenger vehicles and light trucks. The final rule, developed jointly by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), mandates just a 1.5 percent annual improvement in fuel efficiency — well…
    States: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Washington, D.C., Wisconsin