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.

 

  • November 16, 2020
    Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey led a coalition of 11 attorneys general in filing comments on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) proposed policy statement encouraging efforts by regional transmission organizations and independent system operators (RTO/ISOs) to incorporate state-determined carbon pricing in wholesale electricity markets. The comments expressed appreciation for FERC’s show of support for state programs that price carbon…
    Documents: Comments
    States: California, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Washington, D.C., Wisconsin
  • November 09, 2020
    New York Attorney General Letitia James led a coalition of 15 attorneys general in filing a lawsuit against the Energy Department over its failure to comply with its obligations under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA) to review and amend energy efficiency standards for 25 categories of consumer and commercial appliances, including water heaters, clothes dryers, air conditioners, refrigerators and freezers. In their complaint, the attorneys general emphasized that the department’s…
    States: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Vermont, Washington, Washington, D.C.
  • November 09, 2020
    California Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed a protest of the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) proposed oil and gas lease sale in Kern County, CA, scheduled to be held on December 10, 2020. The protest noted that the proposed lease sale relies on BLM's flawed programmatic National Environmental Policy Act analysis of the bureau's resource management plan for the region, both of which are the subject of ongoing litigation, and "rely on a flawed assumption about the…
    States: California
  • November 06, 2020
    Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson led a coalition of 14 attorneys general in filing comments opposing a plan to conduct seismic surveying for oil and gas resources within the sensitive Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. In their comments, the attorneys general warned that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has “failed to provide the public with any information about the environmental impacts” of the plan, which are…
    Documents: Comments
    States: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington
  • November 04, 2020
    California Attorney General Xavier Becerra intervened in litigation against the City of Los Angeles and related local government entities over their failure to implement measures to mitigate the environmental impacts of the Port of Los Angeles China Shipping Terminal, as required by the project's California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) supplemental environmental impact report (EIR). The litigation was initiated by the South Coast Air Quality Management District, and…
    States: California
  • November 02, 2020
    California Attorney General Xavier Becerra submitted comments criticizing the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed interim reregistration decision for the pesticide flonicamid, which has been shown to cause serious harm to bees and other pollinators. The comments urged the EPA to review follow-up studies of flonicamid’s impacts on pollinators, revise its ecological risk assessment, propose any necessary mitigation, and circulate its findings for public comment before…
    States: California
  • October 30, 2020
    California Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed a lawsuit against Alpine Helicopter Service Inc. over aerial pesticide applications that resulted in members of the public being exposed to harmful pesticides. The complaint alleged that, since September 2019, the company "misapplied pesticides on at least three separate occasions, each time in a manner that unlawfully allowed those pesticides to drift, thereby threatening public health, private property, and the environment." The complaint…
    States: California
  • October 19, 2020
    California Attorney General Xavier Becerra led a coalition of 12 attorneys general in filing comments sharply criticizing a proposal by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to establish hollow greenhouse gas emissions standards for airplanes that would result in no actual emissions reductions. In their comments, the attorneys general warned that the proposal “is an empty exercise that substitutes feeble, already-obsolete standards for the critically needed regulation…
    States: California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Vermont, Washington, Washington, D.C.
  • October 08, 2020
    California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey led a coalition of 17 attorneys general in submitting comments in opposition to a proposal by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that would skew the process for designating critical habitat for protection under the Endangered Species Act in favor of development and extractive industry interests. In their comments, the attorneys general noted that the proposal…
    States: California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin
  • October 06, 2020
    California Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed comments opposing a proposal by the Interior Department's Bureau of Reclamation to raise the height of the Shasta Dam in northern California by up to 18.5 feet. The comments warned that the plan "would modify flows in the Sacramento and McCloud Rivers; inundate pristine stretches of the McCloud River and threaten the River’s wild trout fishery ... ; harm sensitive species down- and upstream from the reservoir; pollute the reservoir and…
    Documents: Comments | CA Press Release
    States: California
  • October 02, 2020
    Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson led a coalition of 10 attorneys general in filing an amicus brief in litigation in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit over the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) finding that the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality waived its Section 401 authority with respect to a proposed hydroelectric project on the Haw River in central North Carolina. The amicus brief emphasized that FERC’s “erroneous” finding…
    Documents: Amicus Brief
    States: California, Connecticut, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oregon, Vermont, Virginia, Washington
  • October 01, 2020
    New York Attorney General Letitia James led a coalition of 14 attorneys general in filing comments in opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposal to retain the existing National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ozone, which were set in 2015 at 70 parts per billion. In their comments, the attorneys general highlighted extensive problems with the process by which the EPA reached its decision, which they warned “fails, given the existing and…
    Documents: Comments
    States: California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, Washington, D.C., Wisconsin
  • September 25, 2020
    California Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed comments sharply criticizing the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) draft National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) environmental assessment for its plan to lease more than 4,000 acres of public lands in Kern County, California for oil and gas development. The comments emphasized that Kern County is already home to “more than 95 percent of all federal oil and gas drilling” in California, and that much of that activity takes place near…
    States: California
  • September 25, 2020
    California Attorney General Xavier Becerra issued the following statement in opposition to the U.S. Forest Service moving forward with its plan to remove protections under the Roadless Area Conservation Rule for the Tongass National Forest in southeastern Alaska: "Without any legal or rational basis, the Trump Administration has decided to expose millions of acres of vital public lands and wildlife to industry exploitation. These are essential resources in the fight for a cleaner,…
    Documents: CA Press Release
    States: California
  • September 23, 2020
    Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey led a coalition of 18 attorneys general in filing an amicus brief in support of Native American tribes challenging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ decision to re-approve a key easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline based on a still-deficient National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review. The amicus brief was filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, which is considering pipeline proponents’ appeal of a district court…
    States: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Guam, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, Washington, D.C.
  • September 22, 2020
    California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson led a coalition of 22 attorneys general in notifying the Trump administration of their intent to add Endangered Species Act claims to their ongoing challenge of the administration’s weakening of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) implementing regulations, based on the administration’s failure to consult with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries…
    Documents: Notice | CA Press Release
    States: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Guam, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, Washington, D.C.
  • September 14, 2020
    California Attorney General Xavier Becerra led a coalition of 21 attorneys general in filing a petition for review of the the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) rescission of regulations put in place during the Obama administration to reduce emissions of methane, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other harmful pollutants from the oil and gas industry. The EPA’s rescission rule eliminates regulations on methane emissions from new sources across the entire natural gas industry, as…
    States: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Washington, D.C.
  • September 09, 2020
    Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey led a coalition of 15 attorneys general in filing a lawsuit challenging the Interior Department’s decision to begin leasing parts of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in northeastern Alaska for oil and gas drilling. The leasing plan is focused on the Arctic Refuge’s sensitive and ecologically vital Coastal Plain, a “1.56 million-acre national treasure” that the attorneys general emphasized is “…
    States: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington
  • September 04, 2020
    California Attorney General Xavier Becerra led a coalition of 17 attorneys general in filing comments sharply criticizing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service’s proposed definition of “habitat” under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The coalition highlighted numerous problem with the proposal and warned that at its core, the proposal contradicts the principle of “institutionalized caution” underlying the ESA, and threatens to “arbitrarily…
    States: California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin
  • September 03, 2020
    California Attorney General Xavier Becerra led a coalition of 10 attorneys general in filing an amicus brief in support of environmental and consumer advocacy groups challenging the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) improper approval of new uses of the pesticide sulfoxaflor. Sulfoxaflor may pose an unreasonable risk to pollinators, which support agricultural production that is an essential part of states' economies. The amicus brief emphasized that the EPA violated the…
    States: California, Hawaii, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Vermont, Washington