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Bullock v. United States Bureau of Land Management

ELR Case

A district court held that William Perry Pendley was unlawfully serving as the acting director of BLM. The governor of Montana and the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation argued that Pendley was unlawfully serving...

Wild Virginia v. Council on Environmental Quality

ELR Case

A district court denied environmental groups' motion to preliminarily enjoin or stay a rule issued by CEQ revising the regulations for federal agencies to follow in implementing NEPA. The groups argued that the rule was inconsistent...

When Politics Trump Science: The Erosion of Science-Based Regulation

ELR Article

"Science is science and facts are facts. My administration will ensure that there will be total [scientific] transparency and accountability without political bias.” That was the promise made in September 2016 by then-candidate Donald...

Citizens for Clean Energy v. U.S. Department of the Interior

ELR Case

A district court denied a request to vacate the Trump Administration's decision to lift the Obama Administration's moratorium on new coal leasing on public lands. Environmental groups, tribes, and states argued that BLM's issuance of a...

NEPA’s Trajectory: Our Waning Environmental Charter From Nixon to Trump?

ELR Article

Heralded in 1970 as the nation’s environmental Magna Carta, the National Environmental Policy Act’s (NEPA’s) luster seems faded and its future uncertain. While Trump Administration initiatives threaten to diminish further and perhaps...

OIRA’s Dual Role and the Future of Cost-Benefit Analysis

ELR Article

The role that cost-benefit analysis (CBA) plays in regulatory decisionmaking is at a crossroads, as is the role played by the agency that oversees its implementation, the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA). The Trump...

No Road to Change: The Weaknesses of an Advocacy Strategy Based on Agency Policy Change

ELR Article

The Trump Administration has aggressively rolled back prior administrations’ environmental regulations and natural resource policies, and critics of this agenda have turned to the judiciary. A remarkable string of federal court...

S. Res. 537

ELR Congressional Update

H. Con. Res. 89

ELR Congressional Update

Resisting Regulatory Rollback in the Trump Era: The Case for Preserving CZMA Consistency

ELR Article

On March 11, 2019, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration published an advance notice of proposed rulemaking to amend regulations that implement the Coastal Zone Management Act’s (CZMA’s) consistency requirement. This...