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Climate Solutions Living Lab Featured in National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine Spring Newsletter

June 4, 2019 – The Climate Solutions Living Lab, taught by Clinic Director Wendy Jacobs, was featured today in the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine Board on Environmental Change and Society (BECS) Spring 2019 Update.

Clinic Submits Comments on EPA’s Proposed IRIS Assessment Plan for Methylmercury

May 6, 2019 – The Clinic submitted comments today on behalf of a group of leading scientists on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) Assessment Plan for methylmercury.

Emmett Clinic Files Comments Opposing EPA’s Proposal to Undermine Mercury Standards for Coal-fired Power Plants

April 17, 2019 –The Emmett Environmental Law & Policy Clinic submitted comments today on behalf of a group of leading scientists in opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal to rescind the finding underlying its regulation of mercury and other toxic air pollutant emissions from coal-fired power plants.  This proposal, if finalized, could lead to the repeal of regulations for the largest source of mercury emissions in the United States.

Emmett Clinic Submits Comments Opposing Trump Administration’s Proposal to Weaken Clean Water Act Protections

April 12, 2019 – The Emmett Environmental Law & Policy Clinic submitted comments today in opposition to the Trump Administration’s proposal to revise the definition of “Waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act.

Clinic Paper Supports Use of Ratepayer Funds to Replace Lead Service Lines

April 2, 2019 – The Clinic is releasing a paper analyzing the authority of water utilities in thirteen key states to use ratepayer funds to pay for full lead service line (LSL) replacement.

Clinic Submits Comments on Proposed Rollback of GHG Standards for New Power Plants

March 18, 2019 – The Clinic submitted comments today in opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal to roll back greenhouse gas emissions standards for new power plants.

Clinic Files Brief from Medical and Public Health Experts in Youth Climate Case

March 1, 2019 – Today, the Clinic filed an amicus brief on behalf of a group of public health experts, public health organizations, and doctors in Juliana v. United States, the landmark climate case brought by a group of youths against the federal government.

Emmett Clinic Files Amicus Briefs on Behalf of Local Elected Officials in Support of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante

November 19, 2018 – The Emmett Environmental Law & Policy Clinic filed amicus briefs today in support of lawsuits challenging President Trump’s shrinking of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments.  The Clinic filed the briefs on behalf of 21 local elected officials from Utah, led by Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski, Boulder Mayor Steve Cox, and Bluff Mayor Ann Leppanen.

Emmett Clinic Files Comments on EPA’s Proposal to Repeal the Clean Power Plan

October 31, 2018 – The Clinic submitted comments on EPA’s proposal to repeal the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan and replace it with the “Affordable Clean Energy” rule (the “Proposal”), which would significantly weaken the regulation of greenhouse gas emissions from existing coal and natural gas fired power plants.

Emmett Clinic Files Comments Opposing EPA and NHTSA’s Proposed Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient Vehicles Rule

October 26, 2018 – Today, the Emmett Clinic submitted comments opposing the Environmental Protection Agency and National Highway Transportation Safety Administration’s Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient Vehicles Rule.  This rule would freeze greenhouse gas emission and fuel economy standards for cars and light trucks, thereby undermining one of the main pillars of U.S. efforts to address climate change.

Clinic Director Jacobs Participates in Oct. 19th HSPH Forum, Conflicts Over Science and Policy at the EPA: Where Are We Headed?

On October 19, 2018, Clinic Director Wendy Jacobs participated in a panel discussion at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (HSPH) Forum, Conflicts Over Science and Policy at the EPA:  Where Are We Headed?

Emmett Clinic Files Comments on Behalf of Environmental Clinics Opposing EPA’s Proposed “Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science” Rule

August 15, 2018 – The Emmett Clinic filed a second set of comments today opposing EPA’s proposal to “Strengthen Transparency in Regulatory Science” on behalf of itself and other environmental clinics across the country, urging EPA to withdraw the proposed rule both because it is procedurally deficient and beyond the scope of EPA’s authority and because, if adopted, it will undermine science-based health and environmental safeguards that are critical to the protection of public health and a strong economy.

Emmett Clinic Files Amicus Briefs in Cases Challenging EPA Science Advisory Board Directive

August 14, 2018 – This summer, the Emmett Environmental Law & Policy Clinic has filed amicus briefs in two cases challenging former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s directive to exclude scientists who hold EPA research grants from serving on the agency’s science advisory committees.  The Clinic’s briefs, filed on behalf of former senior agency officials from both Republican and Democratic administrations, explain that the directive will undermine EPA’s ability to make scientifically-sound decisions and serves no countervailing beneficial purpose.

Victory in Chlorpyrifos Case in which Clinic Submitted Amicus Brief

August 9, 2018 – Earlier this year, the Emmett Environmental Law & Policy Clinic submitted an amicus brief on behalf of several health professional organizations in a case challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s failure to ban agricultural uses of the organophosphate pesticide chlorpyrifos.  Today, in a victory for public health and for science-based decisionmaking, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned EPA’s decision and ordered the agency to ban the pesticide within 60 days.

Emmett Clinic Files Comments Opposing EPA’s Proposed “Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science” Rule

August 7, 2018 – The Emmett Clinic just filed comments opposing EPA’s proposal to “Strengthen Transparency in Regulatory Science” on behalf of nearly 100 leaders in science and medicine from Harvard University.

Clinic Submits Comments Opposing ESA Petition From Property Rights Group

June 6, 2018 – The Emmett Clinic submitted comments to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service opposing a petition from the Pacific Legal Foundation to establish regulatory definitions for the terms “species” and “subspecies” under the Endangered Species Act.

Emmett Clinic Drafts Amicus Brief Explaining Dicamba Harms

Feburary 16, 2018 – Today, the Emmett Clinic filed an amicus brief in a 9th Circuit case challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s approval of Monsanto’s XtendiMax—a new formulation of the highly-volatile and toxic herbicide dicamba.

Emmett Clinic Files Brief Supporting Chlorpyrifos Ban

February 13, 2018 – The Emmett Clinic filed an amicus brief today in a 9th Circuit case challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s failure to ban agricultural uses of the organophosphate chlorpyrifos.