Attorney General Actions

State attorneys general are working to advance clean energy, climate and environmental laws and policies. Since the start of the Trump administration, state attorneys general have served as the first line of defense against potentially dangerous actions by the federal government.

Use the filters below to search actions taken by state attorneys general related to climate, clean energy and environmental issues.

 

  • November 11, 2019
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    States: New York
  • October 07, 2019
    New York Attorney General Letitia James led a coalition of 23 attorneys general in filing a motion to intervene in a lawsuit brought by a group of coal companies against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) challenging the agency’s well-established authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions under Section 111 of the Clean Air Act. In their motion, the attorneys general stressed that they have a “compelling interest in defending EPA’s authority” in this area, and warned that the EPA’s “…
    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.
  • September 27, 2019
    Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum led a coalition of 21 attorneys general in filing an amicus brief urging the Supreme Court to review the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit’s decision in Hoopa Valley Tribe v. FERC, a case centered on states’ authority under Section 401 of the Clean Water Act to grant or deny water quality certifications for certain infrastructure projects. In its January 2019 decision, the D.C. Circuit found that the withdrawal and resubmission of an application…
    Documents: Amicus Brief
    States: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin
  • September 24, 2019
    California Attorney General Xavier Becerra led a coalition of ten state attorneys general in filing comments opposing the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal to repeal a policy known as “Once in, Always in,” under which facilities deemed to be major sources of hazardous air pollutants cannot backslide, and must keep toxic pollution controls in place even if the facilities’ overall emissions fall below major source thresholds. The attorneys general warned that the EPA’s proposal…
    Documents: Comments
    States: California, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Washington
  • September 24, 2019
    Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra led a coalition of 18 state attorneys general in filing a lawsuit challenging rules finalized by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service that weaken the implementing regulations of the Endangered Species Act (ESA). In their lawsuit, the attorneys general warned that the rules “violate the plain language and purpose of the ESA, its…
    States: Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, Washington, D.C.
  • September 20, 2019
    California Attorney General Xavier Becerra led a coalition of 24 state attorneys general in filing a lawsuit challenging the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Environmental Protection Agency’s final rule revoking a waiver granted to California under the Clean Air Act to enforce automobile fuel efficiency regulations more stringent than those set by the federal government. Thirteen other states and Washington, D.C. have already adopted California’s standards in whole or part, as…
    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
  • September 09, 2019
    New York Attorney General Letitia James led a coalition of 13 attorneys general in submitting comments opposing a proposed rule by the Energy Department that would unlawfully delay improved efficiency standards for residential gas furnaces and commercial hot water heaters issued during the Obama administration. In their comments, the attorneys general emphasized that the Energy Department’s own estimates show that the commercial hot water heater standards proposed in 2016, and now being rolled…
    States: California, Colorado, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Vermont, Washington, Washington, D.C.
  • September 04, 2019
    Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey sent a letter to New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers expressing concern about the future of the North Atlantic right whale and urging the coalition to take “all necessary measures to protect this iconic species, now on the brink of extinction.” AG Healey’s letter followed a series of recent right whale deaths in New England waters, where the species faces a number of hazards, including ship strikes and fishing gear entanglements. The…
    Documents: Letter | MA Press Release
    States: Massachusetts
  • September 03, 2019
    Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh led a coalition of nine attorneys general in filing an amicus brief in support of the City of Baltimore in its lawsuit to hold fossil fuel companies accountable for the costly impacts of climate change. In their brief, the attorneys general emphasized that many of the harms caused by climate change are felt and paid for at the state and local level, and urged the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit to uphold a federal district court’s decision to…
    States: California, Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington
  • August 26, 2019
    California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, New York Attorney General Letitia James, Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson and District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine led a coalition of 19 attorneys general in filing comments criticizing the Council on Environmental Quality’s (CEQ) draft guidance on the consideration of greenhouse gas emissions in federal agencies’ National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review processes. The coalition highlighted numerous conflicts between the…
    States: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, Washington, D.C.
  • August 26, 2019
    California Attorney General Xavier Becerra led a coalition of five attorneys general in filing comments objecting to a proposed rule that would dramatically scale back National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) environmental impact analysis and public input requirements for many actions undertaken by the U.S. Forest Service. The coalition noted that while the Forest Service framed its proposal as part of an effort to address the rising threat of wildfires, the proposed rule “does not consider or…
    States: California, Colorado, Illinois, New York, Vermont
  • August 20, 2019
    New York Attorney General Letitia James led a coalition of 14 attorneys general in filing supplemental comments on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) May 2018 proposal to loosen safeguards against chemical accidents under the Clean Air Act’s Risk Management Program (RMP). The attorneys general filed their supplemental comments in light of a series of recent accidents, and noted that in the year following their original submission, there were “over 60 publicly-known incidents at…
    Documents: Comments
    States: Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington
  • August 15, 2019
    New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas led a coalition of 11 attorneys general in filing comments with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) objecting to proposed changes to the agency’s process for evaluating the risks posed by pesticides to endangered species. In their comments, the attorneys general warned that the EPA’s proposal “runs counter to the [Endangered Species Act] and its policy of institutionalized caution" by, among other things, unlawfully allowing the EPA to rely on…
    States: California, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Washington, Washington, D.C.
  • August 13, 2019
    New York Attorney General Letitia James led a coalition of 23 attorneys general in filing a lawsuit in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit challenging the so-called Affordable Clean Energy rule, the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) replacement for the Obama-era Clean Power Plan to reduce climate change-causing carbon emissions. In a statement, AG James condemned the Trump administration’s decision to replace the Clean Power Plan with a “do-nothing rule,” and highlighted the “…
    States: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Washington, D.C., Wisconsin
  • August 07, 2019
    New York Attorney General Letitia James led a coalition of six state attorneys general in filing a petition for review of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) refusal to ban the use of chlorpyrifos on food crops. AG James warned in a statement that the EPA “continues to ignore both the science and the law” by allowing the continued use of chlorpyrifos on food crops despite findings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tying the pesticide to impaired brain development and…
    States: California, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Vermont, Washington
  • August 06, 2019
    New York Attorney General Letitia James led a coalition of 16 attorneys general in filing comments with the Energy Department objecting to proposed changes to the process for waiving energy efficiency testing requirements on consumer products and industrial equipment. Under the proposed changes, any manufacturer applying for a permanent waiver — “even one that lacks any legitimate basis,” as the attorneys general pointed out — would automatically be granted an indefinite interim waiver unless…
    Documents: Comments
    States: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Washington, Washington, D.C.
  • August 02, 2019
    New York Attorney General Letitia James and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra led a coalition of 13 attorneys general in filing a lawsuit against the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) challenging a final rule that reduces penalties on automakers for violations of national corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards. The AGs noted the rule violates the 2015 Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act, as Congress did not exempt CAFE standards from the Act’s…
    States: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, Washington, D.C.
  • July 31, 2019
    California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas filed a motion to intervene to defend the Interior Department’s 2016 Valuation Rule against a challenge brought by a group of coal companies. The 2016 Valuation Rule ensures that fossil fuel developers operating on public lands make fair royalty payments for extracted coal, oil and gas resources by closing a loophole that allowed companies to base royalty payments on sham sales to their subsidiaries at…
    States: California, New Mexico
  • July 31, 2019
    Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson led a coalition of 10 attorneys general in filing an amicus brief in support of environmental groups’ challenge to an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule that bars scientists who receive EPA grant funding from serving on the agency’s advisory committees. In their brief, the AGs emphasized that the EPA had no legal basis for its decision, which violates the Administrative Procedure Act’s “most basic requirement” of reasoned decision-making. The AGs…
    Documents: Amicus Brief
    States: California, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Washington, Washington, D.C.
  • July 30, 2019
    New York Attorney General Letitia James led a coalition of 22 attorneys general in sending a letter urging Congress to immediately address the most urgent legislative priorities related to the nationwide per- and polyfluoroalkyl substance (PFAS) contamination crisis. In their letter, The attorneys general increased pressure on Congress to require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to designate PFAS as “hazardous substances” under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation,…
    Documents: Letter | NY Press Release 
    States: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Guam, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Virginia, Washington, Washington, D.C., Wisconsin