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Republican AGs Seek Supreme Court Review of Decision Striking Down Trump-Era Clean Energy Rule

A group of 19 Republican AGs, led by West Virginia AG Patrick Morrisey, filed a petition for a writ of certiorari seeking review of a decision from the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit that struck down the Environmental Protection Agency’s (“EPA”) Affordable Clean Energy rule, which did not mandate…

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California Ramps Up Its Environmental Justice Enforcement Efforts

California AG Rob Bonta announced an expansion of the California Department of Justice’s Bureau of Environmental Justice (“Bureau”), which is focused on fighting environmental injustices and protecting communities that are disproportionately impacted by environmental pollution and public health hazards.

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Ten Republican Attorneys General Sue Biden Administration over Climate Change Metric

A group of ten Republican AGs, led by Louisiana AG Jeff Landry, sued the Biden administration over an alleged violation of the Administrative Procedures Act by President Biden in issuing an executive order restoring Obama-era calculated values for an analytical tool called the social cost of greenhouse gases, values that agencies use to assess the…

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Auto Parts Manufacturer Agrees to Pay $4 Million for Contamination Cleanup

New York AG Letitia James and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (“DEC”) reached a settlement with auto parts manufacturer American Axle & Manufacturing, Inc. (“American Axle”) to resolve allegations that its manufacturing site in Tonawanda, New York, was contaminated with chemicals and petroleum in violation of the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (“CERCLA”) and state environmental laws.

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Duke Energy Agrees to Shoulder More Ash Cleanup Costs

North Carolina AG Josh Stein, the Public Staff of the North Carolina Utilities Commission, and the Sierra Club reached a settlement with Duke Energy resolving a challenge to a 2017 Utilities Commission order granting Duke Energy’s request to limit its liability for the cost of cleaning up coal ash.

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