Press Release

State Impact Center Launches Midnight Watch Project to Track Major Environmental and Energy Regulatory Changes During Final Days of Trump Administration

Center will provide rapid-response updates on breaking developments via Twitter, online dashboard.

Wash­ing­ton, D.C. — The State Ener­gy & Envi­ron­men­tal Impact Cen­ter today announced the launch of a new ini­tia­tive to track sig­nif­i­cant envi­ron­men­tal and ener­gy reg­u­la­to­ry changes dur­ing the final days of the Trump admin­is­tra­tion. The Mid­night Watch Project will pro­vide attor­neys, press and the pub­lic with rapid-response updates on last-minute actions tak­en by exec­u­tive branch agen­cies and the White House dur­ing the pres­i­den­tial tran­si­tion through Inau­gu­ra­tion Day on Jan­u­ary 20, 2021.

Envi­ron­men­tal and ener­gy pol­i­cy deci­sions made dur­ing the next ten weeks could have an impact for decades to come, and it is absolute­ly cru­cial that they be tracked and doc­u­ment­ed. The Mid­night Watch Project will do just that,” said David J. Hayes, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of the State Ener­gy & Envi­ron­men­tal Impact Cen­ter. Last-ditch efforts may already be under­way to lock in the dam­age done over the past four years and pre­emp­tive­ly ham­string sore­ly-need­ed action to pro­tect the envi­ron­ment and pub­lic health — they will not go unno­ticed or unanswered.”

The Mid­night Watch Project will track devel­op­ments in nine key areas: Cli­mate Change; Clean Air; Clean Water; Clean Ener­gy & Ener­gy Effi­cien­cy; Pub­lic Lands; Wildlife; Safe­ty & Tox­i­cs; Reg­u­la­to­ry Process­es; and Exec­u­tive Actions.

25 sig­nif­i­cant issues primed for final agency action are already out­lined on the dash­board. These include:

  • Arc­tic Nation­al Wildlife Refuge seis­mic sur­vey­ing and leasing
  • EPA’s Secret Sci­ence” rule
  • Clean Air Act cost-ben­e­fit analy­sis changes
  • Reten­tion of Nation­al Ambi­ent Air Qual­i­ty Stan­dards (NAAQS) for ozone and PM2.5
  • Vine­yard Wind envi­ron­men­tal impact state­ment and per­mit­ting decision

Devel­op­ments will be announced first via Twit­ter, @StateImpactCntr, fol­lowed by rapid-response updates to the dash­board. For ques­tions about the Mid­night Watch Project, please con­tact the State Impact Cen­ter at [email protected]​nyu.​edu.


About the State Ener­gy & Envi­ron­men­tal Impact Cen­ter
The State Ener­gy & Envi­ron­men­tal Impact Cen­ter (State Impact Cen­ter) is a non-par­ti­san Cen­ter at the NYU School of Law that is ded­i­cat­ed to help­ing state attor­neys gen­er­al fight against reg­u­la­to­ry roll­backs and advo­cate for clean ener­gy, cli­mate change, and envi­ron­men­tal val­ues and pro­tec­tions. For more infor­ma­tion, vis­it our web­site.