Institute for Policy Integrity

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What We Do

Project Updates

  • Court Filings

    Brief for BLM Coal Lease Case

    February 8, 2016

    We recently submitted an amicus brief in a case challenging two large coal leases approved by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The case, WildEarth Guardians v. U.S. Bureau of Land Management, is being heard by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit. We believe that BLM used an irrational assumption about coal supply and demand it its environmental impact statement for the Wright Area coal leases in the Powder River Basin in Wyoming. Because of this flawed assumption, BLM’s presentation of the climate consequences of leasing, versus taking no action, is inaccurate and misleading, in violation of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

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  • Public Comments

    Clean Power Plan - Comments on Federal Plan/Model Trading Rules

    January 21, 2016

    Concurrently with issuing its final Clean Power Plan to limit greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants, the EPA issued a set of proposed federal plan requirements and model trading rules to provide states guidance as they determine their strategies to comply with the Clean Power Plan. We recently submitted comments to the agency on how these guidelines can be improved to best reduce compliance costs and promote effectiveness of the plan.

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  • News

    Revesz Named One of Most Influential Legal Educators

    January 21, 2016

    The National Jurist has named Richard Revesz to its list of the 25 “Most Influential People in Legal Education.”

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  • Comments on Supplemental Finding for EPA Mercury Rule

    January 15, 2016

    After the Supreme Court ruled that the EPA did not consider costs at the appropriate stage of its regulatory process when crafting the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, the EPA was tasked with revising the rule. The agency recently released a supplemental finding that it is appropriate and necessary to regulate hazardous air pollutants from coal- and oil-fired electric utility steam generating units, taking the costs of regulation into account. We submitted comments to the agency.

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  • Public Comments

    Comments on the Forest Service’s Use of the Social Cost of Carbon

    January 15, 2016

    In a proposed exception to the Colorado Roadless Rule, which provides for management of National Forest roadless areas where such activities as tree cutting and road construction are prohibited, the Forest Service analyzes the climate effects of its proposal. Though the agency’s choices to monetize greenhouse gas emissions and to use the Interagency Working Group’s estimates of the Social Cost of Carbon in its supplemental environmental impact statement are appropriate and necessary, its application of the metric is flawed in several respects.

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  • Livermore/Revesz Article Honored

    December 14, 2015

    A recent article by Policy Integrity’s director, Richard Revesz, and founding executive director, Michael Livermore, has been selected for inclusion in the ninth annual Environmental Law and Policy Annual Review.

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  • Public Comments

    Payday Lending Public Comments

    December 7, 2015

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is currently developing regulations that could protect millions of lower-income Americans from predatory payday lenders. We submitted public comments on the agency’s regulatory approach.

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  • Public Comments

    Comments on Oil and Gas Methane Emission Standards

    December 4, 2015

    We submitted public comments on the EPA on its proposed New Source Performance Standards for methane and volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from the oil and natural gas sector.

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  • Hein Joins Experts to Discuss Oil-by-Rail

    November 13, 2015

    Jayni Hein, our policy director, presented today at a national conference on oil-by-rail policies, “Oil Train Response 2015: Community Risks & Solutions,” in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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  • Public Comments

    Comments on New York State Energy Policy

    October 26, 2015

    We recently submitted comments on New York State’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) initiative

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