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  • A Subtle Attack on the Environment

    March 2, 2017 – U.S. News & World Report (Opinion)

    President Donald Trump and newly confirmed EPA administrator Scott Pruitt appear poised to make sweeping environmental policy changes. But strong environmental regulations remain widely popular. Perhaps as a result, the Trump administration may take a subtle approach in attacking environmental rules. Pruitt and other administration officials appear interested in rewriting guidelines for regulatory analysis and they could cook the books so that environmental protections appear to have few or no benefits and exaggerated costs. The results would be sinister, undermining many current and future safeguards for the environment, workplace safety and other important social issues.

  • Trump’s Court Pick May Be Obstacle to His Anti-Regulatory Moves

    February 2, 2017 – Bloomberg

    Appellate Judge Neil Gorsuch has been a vigorous critic of the so-called “Chevron doctrine” that gives federal agencies latitude when interpreting ambiguous laws. “Chevron deference became really important in the later part of the Obama administration because Congress hadn’t acted on a number of environmental issues in a while,” said Denise Grab, a senior attorney with Institute for Policy Integrity at New York University School of Law.

  • Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Worry About the Supreme Court’s Latest Environmental Ruling

    July 1, 2015 – Grist

    The Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, also known as “MATS,” are the culmination of a very long regulatory process.

  • What the Supreme Court’s EPA Decision Means for the Mercury Rule and Clean Power Plan

    June 30, 2015 – The Hill

    In the final ruling of an historic Supreme Court term, the Obama administration was handed a loss on Monday, but the fallout will likely be minimal. In a 5-4 decision written by Justice Antonin Scalia, the court found that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) should have considered costs when it first began the regulatory process for its Mercury and Air Toxics Standards.

  • Supreme Court Ruling is Far from a Death Sentence for Obama’s Clean Power Plant Rules

    June 29, 2015 – Newsweek

    “The court didn’t do anything to this rule. The case now gets remanded to the D.C. Circuit,” Richard Revesz, director of the Institute for Policy Integrity and dean emeritus of NYU Law School, said shortly after the ruling was released. “I don’t think this is any blow at all. I think it is pretty clear that this rule will ultimately be upheld.”

  • Oil Companies Are Drilling On Public Land For The Price Of A Cup Of Coffee

    June 16, 2015 – Washington Post

    One of the U.S. government’s largest sources of non-tax revenue comes from the land it leases to oil, gas and coal companies. Last fiscal year, the federal government generated more than $13 billion from drilling and mining activities on its land – but it should have made hundreds of millions of dollars more. Antiquated pricing rules have given these energy companies access to federal lands at prices that ignore decades of inflation, as well as many environmental and health costs of fossil fuel production.

  • Justices’ Opinions Grow in Size, Accessibility and Testiness, Study Finds

    May 4, 2015 – The New York Times

    That is probably healthy given the divisions on the current court, Professor Livermore said. “Burying those sentiments in formalistic writing doesn’t erase the tension,” he said. “It just obscures it. There is something valuable about the crystallizing statement.”

  • In Cromnibus, a Penny Saved, but Sensible Policies Lost

    December 22, 2014 – The Hill

    At least in theory, the federal budgeting process is about rational investment. Funds are spent on programs and agencies that deliver benefits to the public, justifying their costs. However, aspects of this bill reflect congressional myopia, rather than investment in the future. Some provisions in the bill impede cost-benefit justified regulations and hinder efforts to improve public health and safety.

  • Net Neutrality Puts Lens on White House, FCC Ties

    November 18, 2014 – Politico

    “There is no bar — the White House can communicate its views,” said Richard Revesz, dean emeritus at the New York University Law School. “It’s true that it can’t direct the answer, but often that’s not necessary because the White House has significant leverage over [executive and independent] agencies.”

  • ACUS Panel Urges Agencies To Improve Rule Petition Reviews

    October 31, 2014 – Inside EPA

    An Administrative Conference of the States (ACUS) panel has approved draft recommendations urging EPA and other agencies to craft written procedures to improve efficiency in responding to public petitions for rulemaking action, in order to establish better processes for analyzing and responding to the petitions in a reasonable time.