Legally Speaking


February 20, 2020 — Reducing Corporate Environmental Accountability, Whether Industry Wants it or Not
Corporate environmental accountability; states urge stronger lead, ethylene oxide rules; latest PFAS settlement; White House budget cuts; and more. 

February 6, 2020 — Ideology Trumps Science in Clean Water Rollback
WOTUS rule defies science; AGs sue EPA over chemical accident rule rollback; Interior Department moves to severely weaken bird protections; and more. 

January 23, 2020 — The Administration's Deregulation Agenda is Putting Americans at Risk
Hazards of LNG by rail; AGs oppose expanded leasing in Alaska reserve; new cross-state air pollution lawsuits; benefits of declining coal; and more.

January 9, 2020 — Cutting the Heart out of NEPA
CEQ proposes regulations restricting NEPA reviews; AGs challenge WOTUS rollback; EPA Science Advisory Board criticizes analysis of major proposals; and more.

December 19, 2019 — The Climate Travesty Unfolding Before Our Eyes
Wrong direction on GHG emissions reductions; AGs object to proposed removal of Tongass protections; FERC deals major blow to clean energy; and more.

December 5, 2019 — Coal in Your Stockings
AGs blast rollback of methane emissions regulations, sue over clean car standards; EPA considers adding PFAS to Toxics Release Inventory; and more.

November 14, 2019 — EPA Is Messing With Science, Again
EPA tries to ditch science; lightbulb efficiency rollbacks; federal judge rules for AGs in landfill methane case, another suit on PFAS; and more. 

October 31, 2019 — A Halloween Message: Stop the Scary Safety Rollbacks
Scary safety rollbacks; regulating "bomb trains"; states' authority on clean energy and clean water; toxic Superfund cleanup litigation; and more.

October 17, 2019 — Clean Air: EPA's GHG Authority, New Source Review, NESHAP and MATS
States' energy mixes continue to shift toward clean sources; AGs intervene to defend EPA's authority to regulate greenhouse gases; AGs weigh in on New Source Review permitting; and more.

October 3, 2019 — New Report: Clean Energy Issues Are on the Docket for State Attorneys General
New report on state AGs and clean energy; AGs sue to defend Endangered Species Act; AGs fight withdrawal of CA auto emissions authority; FERC proposes PURPA rule changes; and more.

September 19, 2019 — The Trump Administration's Car Wreck
EPA revokes CA auto emissions authority; AGs continue defense of efficiency standards; EPA rolls back WOTUS; BLM releases Arctic Refuge EIS; and more.

September 5, 2019 — Methane: EPA Proposes Rollback of O&G Regulations, Slow-Walks Landfill Rules
EPA proposes rollback of methane emissions regulations; DOE rolls back lightbulb efficiency rule; AGs weigh in to defend NEPA reviews; new developments on landfill methane; and more.

August 22, 2019 — Major Legal Fights Take Shape Over ACE Rule, Endangered Species
State AGs advocate for conservation & endangered species; states challenge ACE power plant emissions rule; Royalty Policy Committee decision; and more.

August 8, 2019 — Summer Brings New Developments on Many Legal Fronts
Judge rules AGs have standing to challenge MBTA changes; states press Congress to address PFAS crisis; AGs defend EPA advisory committees; and more.

July 25, 2019 — Climate Optimism, Environmental Justice and AGs' Perseverance
State AGs and climate optimism; new developments in fight over Clean Car Standards; AGs file amicus in Maui Clean Water Act case; and more.

July 11, 2019 — States Stand Firm as ACE Fight Looms
State attorneys general pledge to fight ACE rule; MA & CA lead suit on asbestos reporting requirements; Canada adopts CA car standards; FOIA integrity issues; and more.

June 20, 2019 — BLM & EPA: States Push Back Against Weakened Standards
The Endangered Species Act in a changing climate; AGs press BLM on coal leasing impacts, methane waste; AGs rebuke EPA groundwater guidance; and more.

June 6, 2019 — Water: PFAS, Fracking, Coal Ash and State Authority
Vulnerabilities in the administration's most dangerous rollbacks; states leading response to PFAS crisis; climate science under threat; and more.

May 23, 2019 — PFAS: Lawsuits, Public Safety, Congressional Activity
A case for climate optimism; AGs push back against EPA budget cuts; legal and congressional developments on PFAS; a FOIA court victory; and more.

May 9, 2019 — States' Rights: AGs Defending Cooperative Federalism
An overview of threats to states' energy and environmental authority; a new clean energy op-ed; a major win on methane emissions; and more.

April 25, 2019 — Key Elements: Public Lands, Air Pollution and the "Dirty Water Rule"
David J. Hayes on the administration's approach to rulemaking; 15 AGs oppose EPA "Dirty Water Rule;" 21 AGs defend MATS air pollution rule; and more.

April 11, 2019 — 2-for-1, CWA § 401, CSAPR, NRDs, WOTUS
David J. Hayes on flaws in Interior's approach to Arctic Refuge drilling; states challenge Two-for-One executive order; new study from the Institute for Policy Integrity; and more.

March 28, 2019 — Toxics: Settlements, Mercury, MTBE, Chlorpyrifos
An update on the Health & Environmental Settlements Project; AGs defend states' authority over water quality permitting; a rehearing on chlorpyrifos; and more.

March 14, 2019 — Special Report: "Climate & Health Showdown in the Courts"
Announcing a new Special Report; AGs oppose plan to drill in the Arctic Refuge; AGs seek preliminary injunctions to block seismic testing; and more.

February 21, 2019 — Standards: Appliances, Cars and Landfill Emissions
David J. Hayes on energy efficiency standards; 18 states challenge EPA's Clean Car Standards rollback; Massachusetts Attorney General Healey advocates for offshore wind; and more.

February 7, 2019 — Toxics, Upwind Pollution and Big Announcements from New AGs
EPA's PFAS Management Plan; New York Attorney General Letitia James sues EPA over upwind pollution; Colorado & Michigan Withdraw from Clean Power Plan lawsuit; and more.

January 24, 2019 — Clean Energy and Settlements Over Dirty Diesel Engines
States are leading the clean energy revolution; California Attorney General Xavier Becerra leads $800M diesel emissions scandal settlement; seismic testing permits on hold; and more.

January 10, 2019 — 2019 Outlook: High Stakes, Big Fights on the Horizon
Bipartisan coalition of state attorneys general oppose seismic testing in the Atlantic; State Impact Center Executive Director David J. Hayes outlines key issues of 2019; and more.

December 13, 2018 — Law and Justice: Environmental Enforcement and Rollbacks
New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal launches new Environmental Enforcement and Environmental Justice section; State Impact Center launches new website; and more.

November 29, 2018 — Fourth National Climate Assessment: Key Takeaways
State Impact Center Executive Director David J. Hayes outlines key takeaways from the Fourth National Climate Assessment; SCOTUS issues opinion in dusky gopher frog case; and more. 

November 8, 2018 — Deregulatory Push Remains at the Starting Gate
Op-ed by State Impact Center Executive Director David J. Hayes on Trump administration's deregulatory agenda; EPA proposes rule to delay landfill methane standards; and more.

October 25, 2018 — Exxon Investigations: State Attorneys General Weigh In
Current and former state attorneys general offer support for ExxonMobil investigations in New York and Massachusetts; Trump administration backs down on anti-science proposal; and more.

October 11, 2018 — Legally Speaking: Welcome to the First Bi-weekly Edition!
State attorneys general testify on proposed Clean Power Plan replacement; an important development in EPA methane litigation; Legally Speaking moves to bi-weekly schedule; and more.

September, 2018 — Fight Over Flight: Endangered Species, Birds, Air Pollution
State attorneys general defend vehicle emissions standards; Coalitions of state attorneys general defend Migratory Bird Treaty Act, Endangered Species Act; and more.

August, 2018 — Chemical Accidents: Risk Management Program at Risk?
New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood leads coalition of 11 states in successfully defending rule to prevent chemical accidents; and more.

July, 2018 — Glider Trucks: Attorneys General Secure Major Win Over EPA
EPA backs down over glider truck rule; state attorneys general file amicus brief requesting Supreme Court overturn lower court ruling on hydrofluorocarbons, and more.

June, 2018 — Free Passes on Migratory Bird Protections, Offshore Drilling Regulations?
Op-ed by State Impact Center Executive Director David J. Hayes and Lynn Scarlett; state attorneys general challenge "Two-for-one" Executive Order; and more.

May, 2018 — FERC, EPA: State Attorneys General File Lawsuits, Comments
State attorneys general oppose bailouts for failing coal plants; sue EPA to protect agricultural workers from exposure to toxic pesticides; and more.

April, 2018 — Air, Cars, Power: State Attorneys General Active in April
Fifteen state attorneys general sue EPA on illegal delay of methane emission standards; twelve attorneys general issue statement opposing clean car standards rollback; and more.

March, 2018 — Attorneys General "Rack Up Wins" - Including on EPA Smog Designations
State attorneys general secure victory against EPA in smog lawsuit; Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh leads amicus brief on coal ash pollution; and more.

February, 2018 — Report: "State Attorneys General: 13 Months of Critical Actions"
Announcing a major report from the State Energy & Environmental Impact Center; a profile of New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas; and more.

January, 2018 — 2018 Arrives: State Attorneys General Busy in January
State attorneys general oppose offshore drilling; Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey advocates for ratepayers; and more.

December, 2017 — 2017 Ends: Latest Updates from State Attorneys General
15 state attorneys general sue EPA to defend Clean Air Act requirements; California Attorney General Xavier Beccera leads bipartisan opposition to National Parks fee hikes; and more.

November, 2017 — Legally Speaking: Welcome to the Initial Edition!
Six state attorneys general urge Congress to reinstate Federal Flood Standard; state attorneys general request hearings on Clean Power Plan Repeal; and more.