Taking a “Hard Look” at the Repeal of the Clean Power Plan

By Timothy Featherston* Scott Pruitt, the current Head of the EPA, recently announced his intent to repeal the Obama era Clean Power Plan, which sought to limit the carbon emissions of power plants.[1] This announcement received fierce backlash. The Trump Administration not only received the expected resistance from the administration’s democratic opponents in Congress, but […]

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Trump Administration Wades into the Murky Legal Territory of the Clean Water Act

By Tim Featherston*  President Trump’s appointment of Scott Pruitt, a long-time legal adversary of the EPA, to head the agency was seen as a clear sign of the administration’s intentions to roll back the environmental regulation put in place under the Obama Administration.[1] The first target appears to be the Obama Administration’s interpretation of the […]

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Will the EPA Appeal Recent Clean Air Act Ruling?

By Timothy Featherston* Overview The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) appears to be preparing itself for a legal battle with the coal industry over the interpretation of § 231(a) of the Clean Air Act.[1] The provision requires the EPA to conduct “continuing evaluations of potential loss or shifts in employment” which result from the EPA’s enforcement […]

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