Tag Archives: Department of the Interior

Department of Energy To Cut Energy Development Regulations; EPA Stays Landfill Rules; Senate To Consider Nominations for DOE, EPA, DOI and Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Regulatory Activity Department of Energy Cutting Energy Development Regulations This follows our earlier report highlighting the Trump Administration’s recent memo with specifics as to how the President expects agencies to carry out his previously issued energy Executive Order (EO) 13783 – “Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth”. EO 13783 directs agencies to identify regulations that would … Continue Reading

President Trump Issues New Guidance Clarifying Energy Executive Order; EPA Moving on WOTUS and RFS

Executive Branch Activity New Guidance Clarifying Energy Executive Order Last week, just four days before federal agencies’ initial plans were due to OMB, the White House issued a memo updating with more specifics as to how President Trump expects agencies to carry out his previously issued energy executive order (Executive Order 13783, “Promoting Energy Independence and … Continue Reading

Executive Action for Outer Continental Shelf; House to Consider Antiquities Act; Repeal of More Water Regulations?

Executive Branch Activity Next OCS Developments Last Friday, President Trump signed an executive order (EO) directing the Department of the Interior to review and potentially rewrite the Obama Administration’s Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Final Program for the years 2017 to 2022 to include provisions for oil and gas development in the Arctic and … Continue Reading

President Trump Requests 2018 Budgets Slashed for EPA, Energy, Interior and Water; Upcoming Executive Orders for Oil and Gas

Executive Branch Activity  EPA, DOE, Interior, and Water 2018 Budgets Cut in President Trump’s Request to Congress EPA:  President Donald Trump’s FY 2018 budget request, which was released last week, included a significant 31.4 percent decrease for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), from the current funding level of $8.2 billion to $5.7 billion. This represents the … Continue Reading

Senate to Vote on Secretary for the Department of the Interior; House Hearings on Social Cost of Carbon and Water Infrastructure

Legislative Activity Cabinet Update  The Senate is expected to continue voting on President Donald Trump’s cabinet nominees. A floor vote for the confirmation of Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-MT) to serve as the Secretary of the Department of the Interior is expected to take place this week. The Senate is scheduled to proceed to a cloture … Continue Reading

Zinke, Perry, Pruitt Proceed Out of Committee; Congress Continues to Use CRA to Invalidate Environmental Rules

Legislative Activity Nomination Proceedings The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee has advanced the nominations of Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-MT) to be Secretary of Interior and Governor Rick Perry to be Secretary of Energy. Notwithstanding the boycott by the Democratic members of the committee, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee advanced the nomination of … Continue Reading

President Trump’s Possible “Day One” Actions for Energy and Environment; Department of the Interior Releases Plan for Deepwater Horizon Cleanup; Offshore Wind Lease Sale to Being in NC

Executive Branch Activity On Monday, President Trump is expected to begin signing executive orders intended to roll back some of President Obama’s actions to protect the environment. Early anticipated orders could include ones that would: (1) remove the public lands coal leasing moratorium; and (2) revoke CEQ’s guidance to agencies that recommends climate change and greenhouse … Continue Reading

Senate Energy Bill Returns To The Floor? Deepwater Horizon Funding Plan Released

Legislative Activity Senate Energy Policy Modernization Act While there is interest in resuming Senate floor consideration of S. 2012, the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016 this week, the bill continues to be held up largely by Democrats led by Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) due to the lack of agreement as to how to address the … Continue Reading

Obama’s Clean Power Plan Finalized; Senate to Consider Stream Protection Rule

Regulatory Activity Clean Power Plan Last week, the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) finally published in the Federal Register the final Clean Power Plan. This regulatory action is one of the keystones of the Obama Administration climate change initiative, which it sees as an important part of the President’s legacy. With this announcement, the EPA is … Continue Reading

EPA Has Approved Four New Testing Methods That Are Allowed For Measuring Ozone And Related Pollutants

Regulatory Activity EPA Approves New Measurements for Ozone In significant news for entities attempting to maintain or attain the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQSs), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced it has approved four new testing methods that are now allowed for measuring ozone and related pollutants in determining compliance. The alternative tests can … Continue Reading

EPA and Army Corps of Engineers Releases Proposed Rules Changes For Protections Under The Clean Water Act

Regulatory Activity Proposed Changes to Clean Water Act The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have released a proposed rule to clarify protections under the Clean Water Act for streams and wetlands. The new definitions will apply to all Clean Water Act programs. The controversial proposed rule, once final, is likely … Continue Reading

Nominations for Exxon Valdez Public Advisory Committee & Gulf of Mexico Oil, Gas and Mineral Operations

Regulatory Activity Greenhouse Gas Emissions The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is extending the public comment period on its proposed Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from New Stationary Sources for Electric Utility Generating Units until May 9. Lead and Copper EPA has announced public meetings of the National Drinking Water Advisory Council Lead and … Continue Reading

DOE Releases Wind Turbine Funding Opportunity; EPA Seeks Public Comment on Carbon Capture, Hopes to Better Identify Hazardous Chemicals

Regulatory Activity Wind Turbine Funding Opportunity The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Wind Program intends to release a funding opportunity in early 2014 targeting the development of taller wind turbines. According to DOE, “the funding opportunity is expected to focus on innovative designs and processes for wind turbine tower manufacturing and turbine system installations that … Continue Reading

Nominations for U.S. Department of the Interior and EPA, Funding for U.S. Ports for Clean Diesel & EPA Releases Report Showing Record Gains in Fuel Economy

Legislative Activity Nominations for U.S. Department of the Interior and EPA On Tuesday, December 17, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will meet to consider the nomination of Neil Kornze to become the Director of the Bureau of Land Management at the Department of the Interior. The Committee will also consider at that time … Continue Reading

President Obama Issues Federal Renewable Energy Mandate Memorandum & EPA’S Carbon Capture and Sequestration Justification Comes Under Fire

Legislative Activity House Energy and Commerce Committee Holds FERC Oversight Hearing Last Thursday, December 5, the House Energy and Commerce Committee held a hearing titled “Evaluating the Role of FERC in a Changing Energy Landscape” featuring testimony of all sitting members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).  The hearing was also Cheryl A. LaFleur’s … Continue Reading

Secretary Jewell’s Order on Improving Mitigation Policies & Electronic Manufacturers and the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule

Regulatory Activity Secretary Jewell’s Order on Improving Mitigation Policies Department of Interior Secretary Jewell has issued an Order titled, “Improving Mitigation Policies and Practices of the Department of the Interior.” The Order is intended to establish a department-wide strategy to ensure “consistency and efficiency in the review and permitting of infrastructure development projects” and at … Continue Reading
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