Connecticut

Attorney General William Tong

Total Actions: 58


April 2019

April 12, 2019
Amicus Brief Filed Supporting City of South Portland in Pipeline Dispute
Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey led a coalition of 14 state attorneys general in filing an amicus brief supporting the City of South Portland, Maine in a legal dispute over a City zoning ordinance that prohibits the export and bulk loading of crude oil from its waterfront. The attorneys general rejected Portland Pipe Line Corporation’s contention that federal and state law preempt the City’s zoning ordinance, and noted that a court decision for the plaintiffs would set a dangerous precedent limiting state and local power to set basic environmental standards and land use laws.
[ Amicus Brief | 14 AGs: Massachusetts; California; Connecticut; Delaware; Maine; Maryland; Minnesota; New York; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; Vermont; Washington; Washington, D.C. ]


April 4, 2019
Moved to Block Diversion of Federal Funds for Border Wall Construction
California Attorney General Becerra led a coalition of 20 states in filing a motion for preliminary injunction to enjoin President Trump from diverting funds to construct a wall on the southern border based on an unlawful declaration of a national emergency. The attorneys general noted that the preliminary injunction should be granted because the states were likely to prevail on the merits of their claim that the declaration violates the National Environmental Policy Act, and are likely to suffer irreparable harm from the diversion of funds.
[ Motion | Release | 20 AGs: California; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Hawai’i; Illinois; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Nevada; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; Oregon; Rhode Island; Vermont; Virginia; Wisconsin ]


March 2019

March 20, 2019
Amicus Brief Filed in Support of Local Governments’ Climate Liability Lawsuits
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra led a coalition of 11 state attorneys general in filing an amicus brief in support of the City of Oakland and the City and County of San Francisco’s efforts to hold fossil fuel companies accountable for the production and marketing of climate change-causing fossil fuels. In their amicus brief, the AGs defended the cities’ right to have their claims heard in state court, under state common law, given that climate change is not a uniquely federal interest.
[ Amicus Brief | Release11 AGs: California; Connecticut; Maryland; Minnesota; New Jersey; New York; Oregon; Rhode Island; Vermont; Washington; Washington, D.C. ]


March 18, 2019
Comments Filed Opposing EPA’s Proposal to Weaken Emissions Standards for New Coal-Fired Power Plants
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra led a coalition of 20 state attorneys general in submitting comments urging the EPA to withdraw its proposal to roll back emissions standards for new, modified and reconstructed coal-fired power plants. The AGs’ comments emphasize that the proposal is arbitrary and capricious,  and violates the EPA’s obligations under the Clean Air Act to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
[ Comments | Release20 AGs: California; Connecticut; Delaware; Illinois; Iowa; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Minnesota; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; Washington, D.C ]


March 5, 2019
Filed Multi-State Motion for Preliminary Injunction to Block Seismic Testing Permits
Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh led a coalition of nine state attorneys general who joined with environmental organizations in a motion for preliminary injunction in the ongoing lawsuit over seismic testing for oil and gas drilling off the Atlantic Coast. In their motion, the AGs asked the court to stay the effectiveness of incidental harassment authorizations (IHAs) issued by the National Marine Fisheries Service and to enjoin any seismic testing in the Atlantic Ocean pending a ruling on the merits of the lawsuit.
[ Notice | Memorandum | Release | 9 AGs: Maryland; Connecticut; Delaware; Maine; Massachusetts; New Jersey; New York; North Carolina; Virginia  ]


February 2019

February 18, 2019
Filed Lawsuit Challenging President Trump’s Declaration of a National Emergency to Divert Funding for Border Wall Construction
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra led a coalition of 20 attorneys general in filing a lawsuit challenging President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency for the purpose of diverting funding toward construction of a wall along the southern border. In their lawsuit, the AGs noted that wall construction “will cause irreparable environmental damage” to California and New Mexico’s natural resources, including dozens of plant and animal species protected under the Endangered Species Act.
[ Complaint | Release20 AGs: California; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Hawai'i; Illinois; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Nevada; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; Oregon; Rhode Island; Vermont; Virginia; Wisconsin  ]


February 7, 2019
Filed Multi-State Brief Challenging Legal Basis of National Clean Car Standards Rollback
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra led a coalition of 18 state attorneys general in filing a legal brief challenging the Trump administration’s decision to reopen the national Clean Car Standards. In their brief, the AGs emphasize that the EPA’s April 2018 Revised Determination that the Clean Car Standards are no longer appropriate “is contradicted by the record, lacks reasoned analysis, and fails to offer a reasoned explanation.” The AGs noted the hundreds of independent studies and thousands of pages of technical analysis supporting the EPA’s January 2017 determination that the standards remained appropriate and feasible, in contrast to the 11-page document that the agency used as the basis for its proposed rollback.
[ Brief | 18 AGs: California; Connecticut; Delaware; Illinois; Iowa; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Minnesota; New Jersey; New York; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; Washington, D.C. ]


January 2019

January 31, 2019
Petitioned EPA to Improve Data Collection on Asbestos
A coalition of 15 attorneys general co-led by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to close a data-reporting loophole for importers of asbestos, a dangerous mineral with no safe level of exposure for humans. Asbestos is a regulated substance under the Toxic Substances Control Act, which requires the EPA to collect comprehensive data on the mineral and assess its potential harm to human health and the environment. Importers are currently exempt from reporting asbestos under the agency’s Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) rule. In their petition, the attorneys general asked the EPA to close its “naturally occurring substance” exemption for asbestos reporting, and to subject all imported products or materials containing asbestos to the CDR rule’s reporting requirements.
[ PetitionMA Release | 15 AGs: Massachusetts; California; Connecticut; Hawai’i; Maryland; Maine; Minnesota; New Jersey; New York; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; Vermont; Washington; Washington, D.C. ]


January 30, 2019
Sued EPA Over Failure to Adequately Address Upwind Air Pollution
New York Attorney General Letitia James led a multi-state coalition of six East Coast attorneys general in a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over its decision to set no further emissions restrictions on ground level ozone pollution (smog) from upwind states until at least 2023. In their lawsuit, the attorneys general asked the court to vacate the EPA’s December 2018 decision to “close-out” the agency’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR), which was established by the Obama administration in October 2016. The attorneys general argued that the close-out rule violates the Clean Air Act’s “Good Neighbor” provision, which requires the agency to act when the actions of upwind states prevent downwind states from achieving federal air quality standards.
[ LawsuitNY Release | 6 AGs: New York; Connecticut; Delaware; Maryland; Massachusetts; New Jersey ]


January 24, 2019
Connecticut Issued Consumer Advisory for Possible Rate Errors on Electric Bills
Connecticut Attorney General William Tong notified consumers of a known error that could result in incorrect electric rates on consumers’ monthly bills. Specifically, AG Tong advised consumers who purchase from third-party electric suppliers to “carefully review their electric bills, and report any irregularities to state regulators.” AG Tong also noted that customers who pay a “standard offer” rate are unaffected by the error.
[ Release | 1 AG: Connecticut ]


January 10, 2019
Reached a Multi-state Settlement with Fiat Chrysler Over Diesel Emissions Scheme
The attorneys general of 49 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam announced a settlement with automaker Fiat Chrysler over the use of a “defeat device” software system designed to obscure emissions data from its fleet of diesel vehicles. The scheme resulted in vehicles that released far more hazardous air pollutants into the atmosphere than what is legally permissible under the Clean Air Act. The $171 million settlement covers more than 100,000 vehicles sold under the scheme in the 46 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam.
[ NY Release | 52 AGs: New York; Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; Arkansas; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Guam; Hawai'i; Idaho; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Montana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Puerto Rico; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; Washington, D.C.; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming ]


December 2018

December 21, 2018
Added Fourth National Climate Assessment to Official Rulemaking Records for EPA’s Proposed Rollbacks of Clean Car Standards, Clean Power Plan
New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra led a coalition of 21 state attorneys general in adding the Fourth National Climate Assessment to the rulemaking record for the EPA’s proposed rules to roll back the national Clean Car Standards and the Clean Power Plan. Earlier in December, AG Underwood and AG Becerra led a coalition of 20 state AGs in sending a letter to EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler calling on the agency to withdraw its proposed rollbacks in light of the National Climate Assessment’s findings.
[ NY Release | CA Release | 21 AGs: New York; California; Connecticut; Delaware; Hawai'i; Illinois; Iowa; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Minnesota; North Carolina; New Jersey; New Mexico; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; Washington; D.C. ]


December 20, 2018
Moved to Intervene in Lawsuit Challenging Permits for Seismic Testing Along the Atlantic Coast
Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh led a coalition of nine state attorneys general in filing a motion to intervene in a lawsuit currently before the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina challenging the Trump administration’s decision to allow five companies to begin seismic testing for oil and gas drilling in the Atlantic Ocean. The attorneys general sought a court injunction halting final authorizations issued by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration allowing the companies to incidentally harass marine mammals during seismic testing.
[ Motion to Intervene | Release | 9 AGs: Maryland; Connecticut; Delaware; Maine; Massachusetts; New Jersey; New York; North Carolina; Virginia ]


December 17, 2018
Submitted Comments Opposing EPA’s Proposed Rollback of New Source Performance Standards for Methane Emissions from Oil and Gas Development
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra led a multi-state coalition of 13 attorneys general in submitting comments strongly objecting to the EPA’s proposed rule rolling back Obama-era New Source Performance Standards regulating methane, volatile organic compounds and hazardous air pollutants for new, reconstructed, and modified sources in the oil and gas industry. In their comments, the AGs noted that the EPA’s proposed rule violates several tenets of the Clean Air Act, including the law’s requirement that new standards must represent the best system of emissions reduction. The attorneys general also pointed to serious flaws in the regulatory process used by the EPA, noting that the agency failed to address the robust administrative record developed by the Obama administration in its proposed replacement rule.
[ Comments | 13 AGs: California; Connecticut; Illinois; Iowa; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; New Jersey; New York; Oregon; Rhode Island; Vermont; Washington ]


December 14, 2018
Filed Amicus Brief in Support of Vermont’s Challenge to EPA’s Mercury Reporting Rule
Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum led a coalition of ten state attorneys general in filing an amicus brief in support of Vermont’s challenge to the EPA’s changes to mercury inventory reporting requirements under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The EPA’s June 2018 final rule exempted persons who use mercury-added products as a component of a larger product from submitting periodic reports to the EPA, and also reduced the frequency requirements of reporting. The AGs’ brief argued the rule’s exemptions are inconsistent with the text of TSCA and that the rule would constrain states’ ability to effectively regulate mercury by denying states the opportunity to access a comprehensive and accurate federal inventory of mercury supply, use and trade.
[ Amicus Brief | Release | 11 AGs: Oregon; Connecticut; Hawai'i; Massachusetts; Maine; Maryland; Minnesota; New Jersey; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; Washington ]   


December 11, 2018
Submitted Letter Calling on EPA to Withdraw Proposed Rollbacks of Clean Car Standards and the Clean Power Plan in Light of Fourth National Climate Assessment
New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra led a coalition of 20 state attorneys general in submitting a letter to EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler calling on the agency to withdraw its proposed rollbacks of the Clean Power Plan and Clean Car Standards. In their letter, the AGs warned the EPA not to ignore the findings of the Fourth National Climate Assessment, which made clear that climate change is already negatively impacting the economy, environment, public health and national security, and that the effects will only intensify in the coming years. The AGs urged the EPA to withdraw its proposed rollbacks, or at a minimum to reopen the proposed replacement rules for further public comment.
[ Letter | 20 AGs: New York; California; Connecticut; Delaware; Hawai'i; Illinois; Iowa; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Minnesota; New Jersey; New Mexico; North Carolina; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; Washington, D.C. ]


October 2018

October 31, 2018
Opposed EPA’s ‘Legally Flawed’ Rollback of the Clean Power Plan
A coalition of 19 AGs submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency demanding that the Trump administration withdraw the “Affordable Clean Energy” rule, the administration’s proposed replacement for the Obama-era Clean Power Plan. The AGs’ comment letter includes the most comprehensive analysis published to date on the severe technical errors and extraordinary legal flaws included within the proposed rule. The AGs noted in their comments that the EPA’s proposed rule will lead to as many as 1,630 premature deaths, 120,000 asthma attacks, 140,000 missed school days, and 48,000 lost work days in 2030 compared to the Obama-era Clean Power Plan. The proposed rule will also lead to 15,000 additional cases of upper respiratory problems, as well as a rise in rates of heart and lung disease.
Release | Comments | 19 AGs: New York; California; Connecticut; Delaware; Illinois; Iowa; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Minnesota; New Mexico; North Carolina; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; Washington, D.C. ]


October 26, 2018
Submitted comments opposing rollback of Clean Car Standards
A coalition of 21 AGs submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opposing the agencies’ proposed “SAFE” (“Safer, Affordable, Fuel Efficient”) Vehicles rule. If finalized, the “SAFE” Vehicles rule would freeze national Clean Car Standards for passenger vehicles and light trucks. The current Clean Car Standards are expected to prevent up to 2,000 premature deaths, 50,000 cases of respiratory ailments and reduce asthma symptoms for 24 million Americans, including 6.3 million children.
Release | Comments | 21 AGs: California; Connecticut; Delaware; Hawai'i; Iowa; Illinois; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Minnesota; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; Washington, D.C. ]


October 12, 2018
Filed an Amicus Brief in Support of MA and NY Exxon Mobil Investigations
A coalition of 20 state attorneys general filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit calling for the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by Exxon Mobil Corp. that seeks to halt the climate change-related investigations brought by New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey on First Amendment grounds. On the same day, a coalition of four former Massachusetts attorneys general filed an amicus brief supporting AG Healey’s right to complete her ongoing investigation based on the office's longstanding authority and responsibility to investigate potential cases of misrepresentation or fraud.
Multi-State Amicus Brief | Former AG Amicus Brief20 AGs: Delaware; Oregon; California; Connecticut; Hawai'i; Illinois; Iowa; Maine; Maryland; Minnesota; Mississippi; New Jersey; New Mexico; North Carolina; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; Washington, D.C. ]


August 2018

August 27, 2018
Sent a letter to EPA, DOT Requesting an Extension of the Public Comment Period for New CAFE Standards
Following the announcement of their intent to file suit against EPA and DOT over fuel efficiency standards, a coalition of 18 AGs sent a letter to EPA Acting-Administrator Andrew Wheeler and Deputy Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Heidi King requesting an extension of the public comment period for the Trump Administration’s new Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) Standards. The AGs noted past precedent and argued that the significance and complexity of the Administration’s proposal necessitates a 120-day comment period. The AGs also argued that more public hearings are warranted, and formally requested that at least one public hearing be held in California given the Administration’s plan to revoke California’s Clean Air Act waiver.
Letter | 18 AGs: California; Connecticut; Delaware; Iowa; Illinois; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Minnesota; New Jersey; New York; North Carolina; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; Vermont; Washington; Washington, D.C. ]


August 21, 2018
Issued Statements Opposing EPA’s CPP Replacement
Eight attorneys general issued statements opposing the EPA’s Clean Power Plan Replacement, the so called “Affordable Clean Energy” rule. The AGs noted that the Trump Administration’s new replacement to the Obama-era rule limiting greenhouse gas emissions from the U.S. electricity sector would result in increased GHG emissions from the coal industry -- exacerbating climate change, rather than mitigating it. The AGs promised legal action if the Administration fails to abandon its current proposal.
Release | 8 AGs: California; Connecticut; Illinois; Iowa; Massachusetts; Maryland; New York; Virginia ]


August 17, 2018
Submitted Comments Rejecting EPA’s Proposed Anti-Science Rule
After AGs wrote letters to EPA and the National Academy of Sciences and testified in opposition to a proposal to undermine the use of science in EPA rulemaking, a coalition of 16 AGs submitted comments to the EPA demanding the Agency pull back the proposed rule. EPA’s proposed rule would limit EPA reliance on scientific studies that do not provide public access to all underlying data and methodologies, a move that would prevent the agency from using peer-reviewed research into the health effects of pollution and human exposure to harmful substances.

The AGs noted that it is common practice to keep the medical histories of individuals participating in such studies confidential, and argued that EPA’s proposal has less to do with improving “transparency” than excluding “the science underpinning EPA action to protect the environment and our citizens from harm.” The AGs also argued that EPA’s proposed rule runs contrary to existing federal law requiring the Agency to consider the best science available in the development of new rules.
[ Release | Comments | 16 AGs: New York; New Jersey; California; Connecticut; Delaware; Illinois; Iowa; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Minnesota; North Carolina; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Washington; Washington, D.C. ]


August 6, 2018
Submitted Comments to BSEE Objecting to the Rollback of Key Offshore Drilling Safety Requirements
A coalition of 10 AGs submitted comments to the Interior Department’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), asking the Bureau to abandon its proposed rollback of critical components of the Blowout Preventer and Well Control Rule. The AGs argued that BSEE’s plan would weaken safety standards and increase the likelihood of another spill like the Deepwater Horizon disaster of 2010.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra also argued against BSEE’s proposed rollback in comments filed separately with the Bureau. Attorney General Becerra’s comments strongly aligned with the comments submitted by the other 10 AGs, and raised specific concerns regarding BSEE’s rule-making methodology and failure to provide an Environmental Impact Statement as required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
Release | Joint Comments | California Comments | 11 AGs: California; Maryland; Connecticut; Maine; New Jersey; New York; North Carolina; Oregon; Washington; Virginia ]


August 2, 2018
Announced intention to file suit against the EPA, DOT over Car Emissions Standards
A coalition of 20 Attorneys General announced that they were prepared to fight the Trump Administration’s proposal to revoke California’s waiver under the Clean Air Act, which allows the State to set its own emissions standard for greenhouse gas emissions. The AGs announced that they are also prepared for a legal battle over the Administration’s proposal to weaken emissions standards for passenger cars and light trucks for model years 2021 through 2026.

12 States and the District of Columbia have adopted the emissions standards set by California, which is the only State that is able to set its own standard under federal law. AGs from all 12 States and the District of Columbia joined the coalition.
Statement | 20 AGs: Massachusetts; Connecticut; Delaware; Hawai’i; Illinois; Iowa; Maine; Maryland; Minnesota; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; Washington, D.C. ]


July 2018

July 26, 2018
Filed Amicus Brief Challenging Appellate Court Ruling on HFC Prohibition
A coalition of 18 Attorneys General filed an amicus brief asking the Supreme Court to overturn a divided U.S. District Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in Mexichem Flour vs. EPA (2017). Relying on a strained reading of the Clean Air Act, a divided lower court ruled that EPA does not have the authority to phase out the use of hydroflourocarbons (HFCs) in air conditioning and refrigerants, even though HFCs are potent greenhouse gases (“air pollutants” under the Clean Air Act) that contribute significantly to climate change.

In their brief, the AGs advanced a compelling argument that the lower court erred in its reading of Section 612 of the Clean Air Act. They joined with environmental and industry petitioners in requesting Supreme Court review.
Amicus Brief | 18 AGs: Massachusetts; Connecticut; Delaware; Hawai’i; Illinois; Iowa; Maine; Maryland; Minnesota; New Jersey; New York; North Carolina; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; Washington, D.C. ]


July 13, 2018
Submitted a Letter Demanding Immediate Withdrawal of EPAs Glider Truck Rule
A coalition of 13 Attorneys General submitted a letter critical of EPA’s new guidance on its “Glider Rule” limiting the number of new, extremely high polluting trucks allowed per year. The AGs’ letter demands that Acting Administrator, Andrew Wheeler revoke EPA’s “de facto suspension” of the Glider Rule, a decision the AGs write is “clearly unlawful.”

The coalition argued that EPA’s decision would have a dramatic and detrimental impact on the environment and public health based on the Agency’s own data. The States also announced that “absent quick action on your part to withdraw or stay EPA’s de facto suspension, the States are prepared to take action in court.”
Letter | 13 AGs: California; Connecticut; Illinois; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; New Jersey; New York; North Carolina; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Vermont; Washington ]


May 2018

May 9, 2018
Opposed FirstEnergy Emergency Order
Ten Attorneys General in filed comments with the Department of Energy (DOE) warning Secretary Rick Perry that he cannot invoke emergency powers under the Federal Power Act (FPA) to prop up failing power plants. FirstEnergy Solutions has asked DOE to declare a grid "emergency" under Section 202(c) of the FPA, based on anticipated retirements of non-competitive power plants in the region. FirstEnergy's requested order would "undermine competitive regional power markets, burden customers with excessive costs, undercut state energy laws and policies, and exacerbate pollution and public health harms," said the AGs in their comments.
[ Release | Comments | 10 AGs: Connecticut; Illinois; Maryland; Massachusetts; North Carolina; Oregon; Rhode Island; Virginia; Washington; Washington, D.C. ]


May 1, 2018
Sued EPA for Proposal to Roll Back Vehicle Emissions Standards
18 attorneys general filed a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for beginning the process of rolling back critical vehicle emissions standards that help to ensure clean air. The lawsuit seeks to set aside and hold unlawful EPA's effort to weaken national clean car standards by tossing out greenhouse gas emissions standards for model year 2022-2025 vehicles.
Release | Lawsuit | 18 AGs: California; Connecticut; Delaware; Illinois; Iowa; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Minnesota; New Jersey; New York; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; Washington, D.C. ]


April 2018

April 26, 2018
Filed Comments to Defend the Clean Power Plan
Nineteen attorneys general filed comments with the EPA to defend the Clean Power Plan (CPP) and oppose the "unlawful and unsupported" repeal proposed by EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. "EPA's proposed repeal of the Clean Power Plan is contrary to the Clean Air Act and arbitrary and capricious. To propose to repeal the Plan-without having first put in place a replacement rule that requires equivalent or greater pollution reductions-is nothing less than an abdication of EPA's duty to protect public health and welfare from what it has recognized to be the nation's most urgent environmental threat," wrote the attorneys general.
ReleaseComments | 19 AGs: California; Connecticut; Delaware; Hawai'i; Illinois; Iowa; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; North Carolina; New Mexico; New York; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; Washington, D.C. ]


April 5, 2018
Sued EPA For Failing to Control Methane Pollution
New York Attorney General Eric  Schneiderman and 14 other attorneys general "filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration for ignoring its legal duty to control emissions of methane – an extremely potent greenhouse gas – from existing oil and gas operations. Specifically, the suit charges that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt has violated the federal Clean Air Act by 'unreasonably delaying' its mandatory obligation under the Act to control methane emissions from these operations."
Release | Complaint | 15 AGs: California; Connecticut; Illinois; Iowa; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; New Mexico; New York; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; Vermont; Washington; Washington, D.C. ]


April 3, 2018
Vowed to Oppose Vehicle Emissions Standards Rollback in Declaration with Mayors
State attorneys general were joined by mayors nationwide today in releasing a declaration vowing to challenge the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) latest rollback -- national clean car standards -- in order to protect the environment and their residents from unhealthy air. The declaration from more than 50 cities and over 25 states makes clear their opposition to the rollback of a federal rule that sets targets for an increasingly clean, efficient and high-performance vehicle fleet through model year 2025.
Release | Declaration | 12 AGs: Connecticut; Delaware; Illinois; Iowa; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; New Mexico; New York; Oregon; Virginia; Washington, D.C. ]


March 2018

March 9, 2018
Opposed Offshore Drilling Plans in Comments Filed with Interior
Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh led a coalition of 12 state attorneys general in filing comments with the Department of the Interior expressing strong opposition to plans to expand drilling off the Atlantic and Pacific Coasts and in the Gulf of Mexico. "The Secretary of the Interior should defer to our opposition to drilling in areas off our states' coasts, and should exclude all such areas from any new or revised [Outer Continental Shelf] leasing program. Indeed, failure to do so would be inconsistent with the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act…and the Department of Interior's past practice of not imposing offshore drilling over state opposition."
Release | Comments | 12 AGs: California; Connecticut; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; New Jersey; New York; North Carolina; Oregon; Rhode Island; Virginia; Washington ]


February 2018

February 27, 2018
Responded To EPA's “Advance Notice” Of Rule To Possibly Replace Clean Power Plan
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman led 18 attorneys general in filing comments opposing the "Environmental Protection Agency’s Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking ('Advance Notice') on a 'potential' replacement to the Clean Power Plan."
Release | Comments18 AGs: California; Connecticut; Hawai'i; Illinois; Iowa; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; Washington, D.C. ]


February 6, 2018
Sued EPA and Army Corps of Engineers to Block "Unlawful" Delay of Clean Water Rule
In U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, New York Attorney Genera Eric Schneiderman led a group of 11 attorneys general in suing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for suspending for two years the Clean Water Rule. The attorneys general argue the EPA ignored scientific evidence and a multi-year comment process and changed the definition of "waters of the United States." 
Release Complaint | 11 AGs: California; Connecticut; Maryland; Massachusetts; New Jersey; New York; Oregon; Rhode Island; Vermont; Washington; and Washington, D.C. ]


February 1, 2018
Urged Secretary Zinke to Terminate Offshore Drilling Plans
A coalition of 12 attorneys general, led by North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein, sent a letter to Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke urging him to terminate Interior's plan in the Draft Proposed Program to expand offshore drilling.
Release | Letter | 12 AGs: California; Connecticut; Delaware; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; New Jersey; New York; North Carolina; Oregon; Rhode Island; Virginia ]


January 2018

January 17, 2018
Sued EPA For Failing To Protect Residents From Out-Of-State Air Pollution
Attorneys general "filed a lawsuit against the Trump Administration for violating the federal Clean Air Act by failing to curb ground-level ozone (or “smog”) pollution that blows into New York" and Connecticut.
Release | Complaint | 2 AGs: Connecticut; New York ]


January 10, 2018
Pushed FERC to Ensure Tax Cuts Benefit Customers, Not Utilities
Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey led a bipartisan coalition of 12 state attorneys general in calling on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to ensure customers, not utility companies, benefit from recently enacted federal tax cuts.
Release | Letter | 12 AGs: California; Connecticut; Illinois; Kentucky; Maryland; Massachusetts; Nevada; New York; North Carolina; Rhode Island; Texas; Virginia ]


January 5, 2018
Sought to Slam Brakes on EPA Rollback of Truck Rule 
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra  led 12 attorneys general in opposing the EPA's attempt to repeal a key rule that limits the amount of emissions permitted from trucks known as "gliders." These trucks have a new body but a refurbished engine. The 2016 Glider Rule holds these trucks to the same emissions standards new trucks must meet. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced he would seek to repeal the Glider Rule, reportedly after meeting “with the manufacturer that stands to benefit most from the rule’s repeal."
Release Comments | 12 AGs: California; Connecticut; Illinois; Maryland; Massachusetts; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Vermont; Washington ]


December 2017

December 26, 2017
Sued EPA for Failing to Protect Residents from Out-of-State Pollution 
Eight attorneys general, led by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, sued EPA "to force action under the Clean Air Act to ensure upwind states adequately control the pollution that blows into New York and other downwind states...Specifically, the suit challenges the EPA’s denial of a petition that New York and several other states filed in late 2013 for the Agency to add nine additional states to the 'Ozone Transport Region,' a group of states established under the federal Clean Air Act that must act in concert to reduce smog pollution within the region."
Release | Complaint | 8 AGs: Connecticut; Delaware; Maryland; Massachusetts; New York; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; Vermont ]


December 5, 2017
Sued EPA For Flouting Clean Air Requirements 
In District Court, Northern District of California, attorneys general sued EPA "for failing to meet the Clean Air Act’s statutory deadline for designating areas of the country impacted by unhealthy levels of ground-level ozone (commonly referred to as smog)...With this suit, the coalition makes good on its pledge to sue the EPA if it failed to meet this key statutory and public health requirement." 
Release Complaint | 15 AGs: California; Connecticut; Illinois; Iowa; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Minnesota; New York; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; Vermont; Washington; Washington, D.C. ]


October 2017

October 23, 2017
AGs Oppose Bailout Plan For Coal-Burning Power Plants
Attorneys general submitted comments opposing the Department of Energy's proposal to subsidize nuclear and coal power plants.
Release | NY Comments | Joint Comments | 11 AGs: California; Connecticut; Illinois; Maryland; Massachusetts; North Carolina; New York; Oregon; Rhode Island; Vermont; Washington ]


October 5, 2017
Pledged Lawsuit Against EPA For Ignoring Key Clean Air Deadline 
Attorneys general filed a notice of intent to sue the EPA "for failing to meet the Clean Air Act’s statutory deadline for designating areas of the country impacted by unhealthy levels of ground-level ozone (known as smog)...The designation of areas with unhealthy smog levels plays a key role under the Clean Air Act in addressing the pollutant’s severe harms to public health, triggering requirements for state-specific plans and deadlines to reduce pollution in the designated areas."
Release | Notice | 14 AGs: California; Connecticut; Illinois; Iowa; Maine; Massachusetts; Minnesota; New York; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; Vermont; Washington; Washington, D.C. ]


September 2017

September 28, 2017
Filed Amicus Brief Seeking Rehearing of Court Decision that Overturned EPA Phase-Out of Hydrofluorocarbons
In D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, attorneys general "filed an amicus brief in support of the efforts by the Natural Resources Defense Council and private businesses Honeywell International and Chemour to have the full D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals rehear a case with national and international ramifications involving the EPA's ability to address climate change."
Release | Amicus Brief | 10 AGs: California; Connecticut; Delaware; Illinois; Maryland; New York; Oregon; Pennsylvnia; Vermont; Washington ]


August 2017

August 1, 2017
Filed Lawsuit Against EPA For Stalling Action On Clean Air 
In D.C. Court of Appeals, attorneys general sued EPA for "illegally stalling the designation of areas impacted by unhealthy levels of ground-level ozone (known as smog) – vital to protecting New Yorkers and other Americans from dangerous pollution."
Release | Petition for Review | 16 AGs: California; Connecticut; Delaware; Illinois; Iowa; Maine; Massachusetts; Minnesota; New Mexico; New York; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; Vermont; Washington; Washington, D.C. ]


July 2017

July 21, 2017
Opposed First Step in Plan to Permit Offshore Drilling off Atlantic Coast
Attorneys general "submitted comments opposing the National Marine Fisheries Service’s (NMFS) proposal to conduct deep penetration surveys in the Atlantic Ocean. In the letter submitted today, the attorneys general point out that the surveys pose a significant risk to the coastline, the environment, and to marine life."
Release | Letter | 9 AGs: Connecticut; Delaware; Maryland; Massachusetts; North Carolina; New York; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; Washington, D.C. ]


June 2017

June 29, 2017
Vowed Lawsuit If EPA Continues Ignoring Legal Duty To Control Methane Pollution 
Attorneys general "put the Trump Administration on notice today that they plan to sue if the Administration continues to ignore its legal duty to control emissions of methane – an extremely potent greenhouse gas – from existing oil and gas operations. In a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, the coalition provides the required notice of their intention to sue the Agency for failing to fulfill its mandatory obligation under the Clean Air Act to control methane emissions from existing oil and natural gas sources and for 'unreasonably delaying' the issuance of such controls."      
Release | Notice 15 AGs: California; Connecticut; Illinois; Iowa; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; New Mexico; New York; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; Vermont; Washington; Washington, D.C. ]


June 20, 2017
Filed Intervention In EPA Lawsuit Seeking Reduction In Greenhouse Gas Emissions 
In the D.C. Court of Appeals, attorneys general filed "a motion to intervene in a lawsuit against EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s actions to halt regulation of leaks of greenhouse gas emissions and other harmful air pollutants from new sources in the oil and gas industry."
Release Motion to Intervene | 14 AGs: Connecticut; Delaware; Illinois; Iowa; Maryland; Massachusetts; New Mexico; New York; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; Vermont; Washington; Washington, D.C. ]


June 13, 2017
Filed Suit Against Dept. of Energy For Failure to Publish Energy Efficiency Standards
In District Court, Northern District of California, attorneys general sued the Department of Energy "over its failure to comply with the law and publish in the Federal Register finalized energy efficiency standards for five products: portable air conditioners, uninterruptible power supplies, air compressors, walk-in coolers and freezers and commercial packaged boilers. These standards would save consumers and businesses an estimated $11.6 billion, reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 159 million tons, and conserve over 242 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity – the equivalent of the annual electricity consumption of more than 19.3 million households – over a 30-year period." 
Release | Complaint | 11 AGs: California; Connecticut; Illinois; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; New York; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Vermont; Washington ]


June 9, 2017
Promised Legal Fight If EPA Moves To Roll Back Key Vehicle Emission Standards
Attorneys general "warned the Trump Administration that any effort to roll back key vehicle emission standards would be met by a 'vigorous' court challenge. In a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, the coalition makes clear that it will take legal action if the EPA attempts to weaken air pollution standards set for passenger cars and light-duty trucks for model years 2022 to 2025."
Release | Letter | 14 AGs: Connecticut; Delaware; Hawai'i; Iowa; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; New York; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; Vermont; Washington; Washington, D.C.

June 6, 2017
Joined National "We Are Still In" Pledge To Maintain Commitments To Paris Climate Agreement 
Attorneys general declared they are still committed to the goals outlined in the Paris Climate Accord after President Trump announced the United States would pull out of the agreement.
Release | Pledge | 19 AGs: California; Connecticut; Delaware; Hawai'i; Illinois; Iowa; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Minnesota; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; Vermont; Virginia; Washington, D.C. ]

May 2017

May 16, 2017
Connecticut AG Jepsen Sued EPA for Failing to Act to Reduce Emissions from Pennsylvania Coal Plant 
In District Court, District of Connecticut, Attorney General George Jepsen sue the EPA "for failure to take timely action on a petition from Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) asking the EPA to take action to stop pollution from a Pennsylvania coal-fired power plant from blowing our way."
Release | Complaint | 1 AG: Connecticut ]


April 2017

April 26, 2017
Opposed Bill Delaying EPA Protections for Ozone Air Quality Standards 
Attorneys general urged "Congress to protect critical ozone air quality standards. In letters to the chairmen and ranking members of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works and the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, the coalition detailed its opposition to the Ozone Standards Implementation Act of 2017 (S. 263 / H.R. 806) which would delay the ozone rule promulgated by the Environmental Protection Agency in 2015. That rule is expected to result in vital public health benefits."
Release | Letter | 16 AGs: California; Connecticut; Delaware; Iowa; Illinois; Maryland; Massachusetts; New Mexico; New York; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; Virginia; Vermont; Washington; Washington, D.C. 


April 5, 2017
Opposed EPA's Efforts To Stall Clean Power Plan Case 
In the D.C. Court of Appeals, attorneys general "filed opposition to the Trump administration’s request to delay court proceedings regarding the Clean Power Plan...after President Trump signed an executive order directing the EPA to review the Clean Power Plan and decide whether to 'suspend, rescind, or revise' it...EPA filed a motion asking the court to hold the litigation in abeyance while the Agency reconsiders the rule."
Release | Opposition | 18 AGs: California; Connecticut; Deleware; Hawai'i; Illinois; Iowa; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Minnesota; New Mexico; New York; Oregon; Rhode Island; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; Washington, D.C. ]


April 3, 2017
Challenged Department of Energy For Blocking Energy Efficiency Standards
In the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in New York City, attorneys general filed a petition "challenging the Department’s delay in issuing its Energy Conservation Standard for Ceiling Fans. The Department of Energy has estimated that over a thirty-year period this standard would save enough electricity to power between 10 and 35 million U.S. households for a year. The Standard for Ceiling Fans should have gone into effect on March 20, 2017, but has now been delayed twice."
Release | Petition for Review | 9 AGs: California; Connecticut; Illinois; Maine; Massachusetts; New York; Oregon; Vermont; Washington ]


April 3, 2017
Served Notice to Sue to Secretary Perry Over Failure to Publish Energy Efficiency Standards
Ten attorneys general sent a letter to Energy Secretary Rick Perry serving notice of their intent to sue "over the failure of the Department of Energy to submit for publication in the Federal Register five energy efficiency standards the agency issued in December 2016. These efficiency standards, applicable to air compressors, commercial packaged boilers, portable air conditioners, walk-in coolers and freezers, and unintermptible power supplies, were promulgated under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act."
Notice | 10 AGs: California; Connecticut; Illinois; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; New York; Oregon; Vermont; Washington ]


March 2017

March 30, 2017
Urged Congress to Reject Proposals Gutting the EPA 
Attorney generals opposed "the proposed federal budget cuts to the EPA and its critical programs...the attorneys general point to the President’s recent proposal to cut 31 percent from the EPA’s budget, which is the biggest cut of any federal agency in the White House 2018 budget, as well as a bill introduced by Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz that would eliminate the EPA entirely on December 31, 2018."
Release | Letter | 13 AGs: Connecticut; Hawai'i; Illinois; Iowa; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; New York; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; Vermont; Washington, D.C. ]


February 2017

February 28, 2017
Urged Rep. Lamar Smith to End Congressional Interference with States' Exxon Investigation
Attorneys general "urged Rep. Lamar Smith, Chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, to withdraw subpoenas sent to the Attorneys General of Massachusetts and New York, and to end the committee’s inquiry into investigations being conducted by the states of Massachusetts and New York into possible securities and consumer protection law violations by the ExxonMobil Corporation."
Release | Letter | 15 AGs: California; Connecticut; Delaware; Illinois; Kentucky; Maine; Maryland; Mississippi; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; Virginia; Vermont; Washington; Washington, D.C.]


January 2017

January 24, 2017
Filed to Intervene in EPA Suit to Keep Truck Emissions Rule in Place
In D.C. District Court, attorneys general filed a motion to intervene "to preserve a federal program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from new medium- and heavy-duty vehicles and engines...the attorneys general state they have substantial interests in strong, federal greenhouse gas emissions standards because such standards are needed – as part of broader efforts – to secure nationwide emissions reductions that are crucial to mitigate climate impacts that are already being experienced in their states. " 
Release | Motion to Intervene | 7 AGsConnecticut; Iowa; Massachusetts; Oregon; Rhode Island; Vermont; Washington ]