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.

 

  • February 07, 2020
    Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra led a coalition of five attorneys general in filing an amicus brief urging the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to uphold Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) orders that facilitate the participation of energy storage resources in wholesale electricity markets. The brief emphasizes that FERC’s orders comport with the commission’s authority under the Federal Power Act, and that…
    States: California, Massachusetts, Michigan, Rhode Island, Washington, D.C.
  • February 03, 2020
    New York Attorney General Letitia James led a coalition of eighteen attorneys general in filing comments in response to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) request for input on the potential addition of certain PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) to the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI), a list of chemicals subject to stringent release reporting requirements that provide federal, state and local authorities with critical information on pollutant discharges and…
    Documents: Comments 
    States: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin
  • January 30, 2020
    New York Attorney General Letitia James and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra led a coalition of seven attorneys general in filing comments with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that raised concerns with a proposed rule that would weaken protections against human exposure to harmful pesticides when they are being applied on farm fields. The agency's proposal would roll back standards that were updated and strengthened in 2015 “to prevent unreasonable…
    States: California, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Washington
  • January 21, 2020
    California Attorney General Xavier Becerra led a coalition of 12 attorneys general in submitting comments that were sharply critical of a plan proposed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) that could open 6.6 million acres of the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska — an area the size of Massachusetts — to new oil and gas leasing. BLM’s draft Environmental Impact Statement and Integrated Activity Plan call for leasing in wildlife habitat that the bureau designated off-limits in its 2013…
    Documents: Comments | CA Press Release
    States: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Vermont, Washington
  • January 17, 2020
    California Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed a lawsuit challenging the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) plan to open more than one million acres of federal land in Central California to oil and gas drilling, including fracking. The complaint emphasized that BLM’s plan would exacerbate air pollution problems in Kern County, much of which is in nonattainment with 2008 National Ambient Air Quality Standards for ozone and fine particulate matter (PM2.5), “as well as…
    States: California
  • January 16, 2020
    California Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed comments criticizing the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) draft ecological risk assessment of the pesticide flonicamid, prepared as part of a registration review that the agency is required to conduct every 15 years under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act. In the comments, AG Becerra emphasized that “despite new studies showing that flonicamid presents significant risks to pollinators," including…
    States: California
  • January 13, 2020
    Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh and New York Attorney General Letitia James led a coalition of sixteen attorneys general in submitting comments objecting to a proposal by two agencies in the Transportation Department — the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and the Federal Railroad Administration — to allow the transport of liquefied natural gas (LNG) by rail, including through densely populated areas. In their comments, the attorneys general…
    States: California, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, Washington, D.C.
  • January 06, 2020
    California Attorney General Xavier Becerra led a coalition of six attorneys general in filing an amicus brief in support of the state of Washington’s position in litigation over the proposed Millennium Bulk Terminal. If constructed, the Millennium Bulk Terminal would be the largest coal export facility in North America, primarily handling coal transported by rail from Montana, Wyoming, Colorado and Utah. The amicus brief was filed in support of a brief filed by Washington…
    States: California, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Washington
  • January 02, 2020
    California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey led a coalition of 13 states in filing an amicus brief in support of the state of Rhode Island in its lawsuit seeking to hold fossil fuel companies liable for the costly impacts of climate change. The brief was filed in support of a district court decision that the case should be heard in state court, which the fossil fuel company defendants appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First…
    States: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Vermont, Washington
  • December 20, 2019
    New York Attorney General Letitia James led a coalition of 15 attorneys general in filing a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers challenging the agencies' repeal of the 2015 Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule that defines the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act, and its reversion to a narrow and outdated rule first adopted by the Reagan administration in 1986. AG James warned that the agencies' rollback “ignores…
    States: California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Washington, D.C.
  • December 16, 2019
    California Attorney General Xavier Becerra led a coalition of six attorneys general in submitting comments to the U.S. Forest Service calling on the agency to withdraw a proposed rule to exempt the Tongass National Forest in Alaska from the 2001 Roadless Area Conservation Rule. The proposal would open the Tongass — the largest intact temperate rainforest in North America — to new roadbuilding and logging, jeopardizing its unique environmental and cultural attributes. In their comments, the…
    States: California, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Washington
  • November 26, 2019
    California Attorney General led a coalition of 24 attorneys general in filing a petition for reconsideration of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) final rule to revoke California’s long-held authority under the Clean Air Act to set its own emissions and fuel efficiency standards for new cars and light trucks. Over the past 50 years the EPA has granted California 100 waivers to set its own tailpipe standards. Thirteen other states and Washington, D.C. — which, together with California,…
    States: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, Washington, D.C., Wisconsin
  • November 22, 2019
    California Attorney General Xavier Becerra led a coalition of 21 attorneys general in filing comments in opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) September 2019 proposal to eliminate all regulation of methane emissions from the oil and gas industry. The proposal would rescind sections of the New Source Performance Standards for methane emissions under the Clean Air Act for the industry, which would also eliminate the EPA’s responsibility under the Clean Air Act to regulate…
    States: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, Washington, D.C.
  • November 12, 2019
    Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed an amicus brief in support of Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel’s lawsuit seeking to permanently decommission an aging oil pipeline that runs along the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac between Lakes Michigan and Huron. In the lawsuit against the pipeline’s owner, Enbridge Inc., AG Nessel argues that the pipeline violates the public trust doctrine, is a common…
    Documents: Amicus Brief
    States: California, Minnesota, Wisconsin
  • November 12, 2019
    California Attorney General Xavier Becerra led a coalition of six attorneys general in submitting comments on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) draft policy assessment for the Clean Air Act’s National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for particulate matter (PM) pollution. PM has been associated with a wide range of health problems, including cardiovascular disease, respiratory impacts and cancer. The EPA’s draft policy assessment for is supposed to help the agency develop…
    States: California, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island
  • November 04, 2019
    California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and New York Attorney General Letitia James led a coalition of 16 attorneys general in submitting comments opposing the Energy Department’s proposal to not strengthen efficiency standards for common pear-shaped incandescent lightbulbs.  In their comments, the AGs cite the Energy Department’s own analysis showing that, if the standards were adopted, “the net present value of the benefits to the nation would equal up to $4.171 billion.”
    States: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Vermont, Washington, Washington, D.C.
  • November 04, 2019
    New York Attorney General Letitia James and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra led a coalition of 16 attorneys general in filing a lawsuit challenging the Energy Department’s rollback of energy efficiency standards for a wide range of commonly-used lightbulbs, such as those used in some recessed lighting fixtures, chandeliers and ceiling fans. The lawsuit challenges a revised definition finalized by the Energy Department that excludes a wide range of lightbulbs from…
    States: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Vermont, Washington, Washington, D.C.
  • October 28, 2019
    Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey led a coalition of 11 attorneys general in sending a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) urging it to work with states that are transitioning to a clean energy future. In the letter, the AGs said that the threat from climate change and the “myriad benefits of transitioning to a cleaner energy system” have prompted their states to adopt policies to cut greenhouse gas emissions and to “promote clean energy resources such as…
    Documents: Letter | MD Press Release
    States: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Washington, D.C.
  • October 23, 2019
    New York Attorney General Letitia James led a coalition of four attorneys general in submitting comments to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) in support of Washington state’s regulations that limit the volatility of oil transported through the state by train. The letter was prompted by a petition from North Dakota and Montana to preempt Washington’s regulations with a weaker federal regulation. PHMSA has not set a protective nationwide limit for vapor pressure…
    States: California, Maryland, New Jersey, New York
  • October 22, 2019
    Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring led a coalition of 15 attorneys general in filing an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in Atlantic Richfield Co. (ARCO) v. Christian, et. al., in support of a Montana Supreme Court decision that allowed landowners to seek restoration damages from the Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO) whose Anaconda smelting operation contaminated land with toxic metals. In 1983, the land at and near the ARCO facility was declared a Superfund site by the EPA under…
    States: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin