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.

 

  • May 13, 2020
    New York Attorney General Letitia James led a coalition of nine attorneys general in filing a lawsuit challenging the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) “non-enforcement policy” that suspended enforcement actions under a range of environmental laws during the COVID-19 crisis. In their complaint, the attorneys general asserted that the EPA exceeded its authority by issuing such an “open-ended” policy, and warned that it “gives regulated parties free rein to self-…
    States: California, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Oregon, Vermont, Virginia
  • May 12, 2020
    Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey published an issue brief, entitled "COVID-19’s Unequal Effects in Massachusetts," that explores the environmental factors contributing to COVID-19’s disparate impact on communities of color across Massachusetts. The brief is based in part on analysis conducted by the Boston University School of Public Health using data compiled by AG Healey’s office, which found that communities of color are experiencing the highest rates of COVID-…
    Documents: Brief | MA Press Release
    States: Massachusetts
  • May 11, 2020
    New York Attorney General Letitia James led a coalition of 11 attorneys general in filing a petition for review of a rule finalized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that weakened leak repair, inspection and monitoring requirements for appliances that contain hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). HFCs are a family of extremely potent greenhouse gases that are most commonly used in refrigeration appliances. 
    States: Connecticut, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Virginia, Washington, Washington, D.C.
  • May 07, 2020
    District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine filed a lawsuit against Monsanto Co. over polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) contamination of the District's land, waterways and wildlife. In the complaint, AG Racine noted that Monsanto was responsible for the manufacture of "99% or more of all PCBs used or sold within the United States" between 1929 and 1977, when the substances were banned by Congress under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The complaint alleged that Monsanto was…
    States: Washington, D.C.
  • May 07, 2020
    Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey led a coalition of 11 attorneys general in sending a letter urging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to declare a moratorium on approvals of natural gas pipelines and other fossil fuel infrastructure projects during the COVID-19 crisis. In their letter, the AGs emphasized that FERC’s permitting decisions for fossil fuel infrastructure projects have “significant on-the-ground impact[s]…
    Documents: Letter | MD Press Release
    States: Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Virginia, Washington, D.C.
  • May 01, 2020
    California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and New York Attorney General Letitia James led a coalition of 18 attorneys general in filing a lawsuit challenging the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Navigable Waters Protection Rule, which eliminated federal protections for more than half of the nation’s wetlands and hundreds of thousands of miles of upland streams by dramatically narrowing the definition of “waters of…
    States: California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Washington, D.C., Wisconsin
  • April 27, 2020
    New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal filed a petition for review on behalf of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities challenging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) December 2019 order that expanded the minimum offer price rule (MOPR) in PJM Interconnection’s forward capacity market. The MOPR establishes an offer floor for certain electricity generators participating in the capacity market, penalizing state-supported clean energy resources and hampering states’…
    States: New Jersey
  • April 20, 2020
    Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul filed a petition for review on behalf of the Illinois Commerce Commission challenging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) December 2019 order that expanded the minimum offer price rule (MOPR) in PJM Interconnection’s forward capacity market. The MOPR establishes an offer floor for certain electricity generators participating in the capacity market, penalizing state-supported clean energy resources and hampering states’ efforts to…
    States: Illinois
  • April 17, 2020
    Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh, Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul and Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in response to a proposed rule that would allow many coal ash impoundments — including impoundments with a history of leaking toxic substances into neighboring waterways — to potentially remain open indefinitely. In their comments, the AGs warned that the proposal violates the Resource Conservation and…
    Documents: Comments
    States: Illinois, Maryland, Michigan
  • April 17, 2020
    New York Attorney General Letitia James and Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro led a coalition of 18 attorneys general in submitting comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking that would establish a significant new use rule (SNUR) for certain long-chain perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). In their comments, the attorneys general noted that the supplemental proposal represents a "significant change" from the…
    Documents: Comments
    States: California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin
  • April 15, 2020
    New York Attorney General Letitia James led a coalition of 14 attorneys general in sending a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) urging the agency to rescind its suspension of monitoring and reporting requirements under a range of federal environmental laws during the coronavirus pandemic. In their letter, the AGs warned that the EPA “cannot — in the midst of a public health crisis — lose sight of its mission to protect public health and the environment…
    Documents: Letter | NY Press Release
    States: Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin
  • April 14, 2020
    California Attorney General Xavier Becerra led a coalition of 14 attorneys general in filing a petition for review of the Energy Department’s revisions to its energy efficiency Process Rule that create unlawful impediments to the development of new efficiency standards. The Process Rule was finalized in 1996, and has guided the development of numerous efficiency standards under the Energy Policy Conservation Act that have collectively yielded $2 trillion dollars in consumer savings…
    States: California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Vermont, Washington, Washington, D.C.
  • April 09, 2020
    California Attorney General Xavier Becerra sent a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) urging the agency to rescind its suspension of monitoring and reporting requirements under a range of federal environmental laws during the coronavirus pandemic. AG Becerra expressed “serious concerns” with the policy, warning it would give “wide berth for pollution to go unmeasured and unaccounted for during this critical time.”
    Documents: Letter | CA Press Release
    States: California
  • April 08, 2020
    New York Attorney General Letitia James led a coalition of 11 attorneys general in submitting testimony to the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee in support of the bipartisan American Innovation and Manufacturing Leadership (AIM) Act, which would initiate a 15-year phase-out of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and authorize the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to establish standards and regulations to facilitate the transition to climate-safe substitutes. In their…
    Documents: Testimony
    States: California, Delaware, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Vermont, Washington, Washington, D.C.
  • April 08, 2020
    New York Attorney General Letitia James led a coalition of 12 attorneys general in filing a motion to intervene to defend against an industry-led challenge to an Energy Department rule that strengthened energy efficiency standards for commercial packaged boilers, which are used to heat large buildings. The Energy Department has projected that the new standards will yield nearly $2 billion in energy cost savings for consumers and businesses and approximately 16 million metric tons of carbon…
    States: California, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Vermont, Washington, D.C.
  • April 06, 2020
    Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller filed lawsuits on behalf of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources against a real estate company and a contractor over violations of asbestos safety regulations that occurred during the demolition of an industrial building in Newton, Iowa.
    States: Iowa
  • April 06, 2020
    California Attorney General Xavier Becerra led a coalition of eight attorneys general in submitting comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) calling on the agency to revise its draft human health risk assessment for 1,3-Dichloropropene (1,3-D) — known by the brand name Telone — before moving forward with the pesticide’s reregistration. The EPA’s assessment downgrades 1,3-D’s cancer risk rating to “suggestive evidence of carcinogenic potential,” breaking from decades of…
    Documents: Comments | CA Press Release
    States: California, Illinois, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Vermont, Washington, D.C.
  • March 26, 2020
    Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost secured a $2.6 million settlement with British Petroleum (BP) subsidiaries over alleged violations of the Clean Air Act, the Comprehensive Emergency Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) and the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act at a refinery near Toledo. The settlement resolved allegations that the company "failed to operate and maintain emissions monitoring systems" at the refinery. Under the terms of the…
    Documents:  OH Press Release
    States: Ohio
  • March 24, 2020
    Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel submitted testimony to the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) to protect ratepayers against an excessive rate increase request filed by natural gas supplier DTE Energy. DTE sought a rate increase of $204 million, which would increase natural gas bills for residential customers by more than 8 percent. The testimony submitted by AG Nessel's office argued for a rate increase of no more than $65.5 million — sufficient to ensure the safety…
    States: Michigan
  • March 19, 2020
    A coalition of 14 attorneys general filed a request for extension of the public comment period for the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) “Secret Science” supplemental proposed rule. The coalition requested that the 30-day comment period set by the EPA be extended to a minimum of 120 days, and urged the agency to “consult with the National Academy of Sciences and other independent scientists and science organizations in a meaningful manner before deciding whether any changes to EPA’s…
    States: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Washington, Washington, D.C.