Eve Levin  //  10/31/17  //  Topic Update

The EPA has walked back its proposed changes to biofuels policy (The HillArsTechnica).

The EPA’s regulations for its scientific advisory boards do not sufficiently protect against conflicts of interest, argues Romany Webb at Climate Law Blog.

Protests occurred at a Rhode Island conference on climate change after the EPA blocked two of its scientists from presenting (WaPo).

The EPA intends to repeal emissions regulations for trucks (WaPo).

The Department of the Interior has removed discussion of climate change from its strategic plan (The Hill).

President Trump’s nominee to oversee chemical safety at the Environmental Protection Agency will provide insufficient industry oversight, writes Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) at the Hill.

EPA has announced that it will re-examine its process for issuing Clean Air Act permits for new facilities, with the goal of reducing regulatory burdens for companies (The Hill). 

President Trump nominated J. Steven Gardner, the president of a coal engineering firm, to be the director of the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (The Hill).

The Trump Administration’s policies regarding coal mining have put several Utah dinosaur findings at risk (LA Times). 

Contrary to the claims of many deniers, fighting climate change isn’t futile, writes Stephen Stromberg at the Washington Post.

The Trump Administration is considering raising the price of admission to many national parks (WaPo).

Updates | The Week of January 22, 2018

1/28/18  //  Daily Update

The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a unified national automobile emissions standard, which may preempt California's stricter standard. California is challenging the Interior Department's repeal of standards for fracking on federal land.

Updates | The Week of January 15, 2018

1/14/18  //  Daily Update

FERC unanimously rejects Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s proposal to support coal and nuclear power plants. The Trump Administration backs off of plans for new oil drilling off the Florida coast.

Update | The Week of November 27, 2017

12/4/17  //  Daily Update

The EPA finalized a rule that will maintain the biofuels quota.

Jeffrey Stein

Columbia Law School