Energy & Environment

Jeanette Manning, Committee Liaison Counsel

The NAAG Energy and Environment Committee co-chaired is currently by Attorneys General Dustin McDaniel of Arkansas and Bill Schuette of Michigan. It focuses on three main areas: training/conferences, communications, and state/federal liaison activities.

Training/Conferences: Several conferences and training programs are held annually. To the extent possible, conference and training programs are planned to coincide with Committee priorities. Principal among these is an annual Environment Bureau Chiefs Conference, which is held each spring, usually in the Washington, D.C., area. This conference brings together the environment bureau/division chiefs (civil and criminal) of the state attorneys general for two days of workshops and meetings among the chiefs and with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) and U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) senior environmental enforcement personnel. NAAG has also held a regular meeting of the Department of Energy (“DOE”) Workgroup. This meeting is held in the fall of each year, and like the Chiefs Conference, brings together attorneys general staff who are engaged in working with the DOE on its environmental cleanup activities, and DOE managers associated with environmental cleanup at DOE facilities.

Communications: NAAG facilitates communication among attorneys general offices by acting as a conduit for information from and between states and federal environmental agencies and by providing attorneys general offices the opportunity to make information requests and/or share information with other offices through NAAG in the form of electronic mail “information requests” or requests for assistance NAAG maintains several web-based informational resources:

First, a compilation of press releases and news items on energy and environment issues is available at http://www.naag.org/energy-and-environment-update.php. A similar newsfeed focusing specifically on water issues of interest to the offices of attorneys general is available at http://www.naag.org/water-contact.php. Finally, NAAG maintains the recently updated State Environmental Criminal Enforcement Statutes Database. The Database (http://www.naag.org/criminal_environmental_statutes.php) allows users to access and compare state laws, sorted by a variety of filters.

State/Federal Liaison: In the recent years an increasingly larger percentage of time has been devoted to developing and enhancing working relationships with federal counterparts at DOJ, DOE, EPA and other federal environmental departments and agencies, such as the Department of Defense (“DOD”) and Department of the Interior (“DOI”). These working relationships enable NAAG to get answers quickly from federal agencies and also provide assistant attorneys general in the states with a name and phone number for a useful federal contact.

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