October 01, 2017

On Behalf of Their Citizens: The State Role in Federal Environmental Litigation

Murray Feldman and Ashley Peck

With the Trump administration’s shifting policy priorities and proposed agency funding cuts, there is a renewed focus on the states’ roles in implementing environmental-protection and quality measures. This emphasis manifests itself in several ways, from an organization of state attorneys general announcing the creation of a joint database and resources to track state efforts to pursue environmental-protection goals through litigation, to a continued trend of state involvement in environmental litigation, and pledges from several state officials to pursue their own environmental-protection standards and agendas—including those related to climate change—regardless of the direction taken at the federal level.

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