Tag Archives: Environment and Natural Resources

US Executive Branch Update – September 9, 2020

This report provides a snapshot of the US Executive Branch priorities via daily schedules and the prior day’s press releases. POTUS’ Schedule* *The US President (POTUS) and Vice President’s (VPOTUS) daily schedules are subject to change. 12:00 p.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT receives his intelligence briefing | Oval Office VPOTUS’ Schedule* 9:30 a.m. EDT – … Continue Reading

COVID-19: US Developments – Implementation and Oversight of CARES Act – June 5, 2020

President Donald Trump issued an executive order (EO) Thursday directing federal agencies to streamline their permitting processes to allow for expedited movement on infrastructure projects as a means of contributing to a swift recovery of the American economy as states and US territories emerge from their coronavirus-driven lockdowns. The president’s order came as policymakers prepared … 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

Possible Conferees for Energy Bill; House to Vote on Energy and Water Appropriations; Senate To Examine WOTUS; House to Review Clean Power Plan

Legislative Action Energy Bill Last week, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee released a 50-page section-by-section of the recently passed S. 2012 Energy Modernization Policy Act of 2016. Looking forward to a potential conference of the Senate and House energy bills, Chairman Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee recently … Continue Reading

Senate To Consider Amendments to Energy Bill; House To Examine Flint Water and COP 21; EPA Proposes New Oil and Gas Regulations

Legislative Activity Comprehensive Energy Legislation This week the Senate will continue its floor debate of S. 2012, the comprehensive energy bill that Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Ranking Member Maria Cantwell (D-WA) authored. Under the open amendment process 130 amendments were filed.  While some of the non-controversial amendments were accepted last … Continue Reading

EPA Proposes New Water Quality Rule; EPA, State Propose International Air Quality Monitoring; Congress to Review FY 16 Budgets for Environment and Natural Resources; Free Admission to National Parks for Kids

Regulatory Activity Clean Water Proposed Rule The Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) has announced a proposed rule that would allow “changes to pollutant analysis methods that are used by industries and municipalities to analyze the chemical, physical, and biological components of wastewater and other environmental samples that are required by regulations under the Clean Water Act.” … Continue Reading

Congress Expresses Discomfort with EPA’s Waters of the U.S. Proposed Rule; Senate to Hold Oversight Hearing Concerning Obama Administration’s Power Plant Emissions Proposed Rules; EPA Seeks Clean Air Expert Input On NAAQs

Legislative Activity Waters of the U.S. Last week, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee held a joint hearing to discuss the “Impacts of the Proposed Waters of the United States Rule on State and Local Governments.” The hearing addressed concerns with the proposed rule including costs, definitions … Continue Reading

Keystone, LNG Export Push Continues in Congress

Legislative Activity Senate Completes Keystone Consideration Last week, the Senate completed consideration of S. 1, the “Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act,” and passed the legislation by a vote of 62-36. Congressional leaders must now determine how to resolve differences between the two chambers’ Keystone bills before the Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act is ready for … Continue Reading

President to Release EPA’s FY 2016 Budget; Executive Order on Flooding; Congress Addresses Waters of the U.S. and Drinking Water Issues

Executive Activity Fiscal Year 2016 Budget for EPA On Monday, February 2, President Obama will announce his Fiscal Year 2016 Budget request to Congress to fund the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). We expect a significant focus in the proposed budget on climate change and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. There is some concern that these … Continue Reading

Congress to Take Up Waters Of The U.S.; Senate Hearings on Permitting for LNG; New Financing Options For Water Infrastructure; International Environmental Goods Agreement; Offshore Wind Leases in NC

Legislative Activity Waters of the U.S. On Wednesday, February 4, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, in conjunction with the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, will hold a hearing to examine the impacts of the proposed Waters of the U.S. rule on state and local governments. Liquid Natural Gas On Thursday, January 29, the … Continue Reading

Congress Moves Ahead on Keystone

Legislative Activity Keystone Legislative Action Continues Amid Veto Threat, Legal Action Last Thursday, on January 8, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee approved the “Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act” with a 13-9 vote. One day later, the House voted on Friday, January 9 to approve identical legislation by a 266-153 vote, with 28 Democratic … Continue Reading

EPA to Boost Brownfields Response and Hold WIFIA Input Session

Regulatory Activity Brownfields On Monday, December 8, EPA will accept requests for funding to increase state capacity to address and remediate brownfields. States and tribes are eligible to receive up to $1 million in funding, which is used for assessment, cleanup and redevelopment of brownfields and other contaminated sites. WIFIA Also on Monday, December 8, EPA … Continue Reading

Environment and Natural Resources

Executive Branch Activity U.S.-China Joint Announcement on Climate Change President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping have announced an unprecedented effort to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The target for the United States is to cut its GHG emissions by 26-28 percent below year-2005 levels by 2025. China is expected to increase its share of … Continue Reading

Clean Power Plan Deadline Extended

Regulatory Activity EPA Extends Comment Period for Proposed Rule on Clean Power Plan The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has extended the public comment period for its Clean Power Plan proposed rule which would limit carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants. The comment deadline which was formerly October 20 is now December 1. Read our … Continue Reading

DOT Publishes Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for New Rail Safety Standards

Legislative Activity Tuesday, July 29: The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing titled “Breaking the Logjam at BLM: Examining Ways to More Efficiently Process Permits for Energy Production on Federal Lands.” Tuesday, July 29: The House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a hearing titled “FERC Perspectives: Questions Concerning EPA’s Proposed … Continue Reading

EPA To Hold Public Hearings On Clean Power Plan; Environmental Projects on US/Mexico Border; Wind Sale Off Coast of New Jersey

Regulatory Activity EPA to Hold Public Hearings on Clean Power Plan This week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold public hearings in Washington D.C., Atlanta, Denver and Pittsburgh to receive comments on its proposed Clean Power Plan. EPA’s Clean Power Plan intends to reduce carbon emissions from existing power plants to 30 percent below … Continue Reading

EPA Accepting Comment on Proposed Data Collection, Considering Update of Ozone-Depleting Refrigerant Compliance Rules

Regulatory Activity Pesticides and Waters of the United States The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is accepting comment on its proposed data collection concerning potential changes to its permits for discharges to waters of the U.S. from biological and chemical pesticides that leave a residue. Comments are due by September 15. Ozone EPA is considering updating … Continue Reading

EPA Will Propose To Prohibit Certain Chemicals Contributing To Emissions of HFCs

Regulatory Activity Greenhouse Gas Pursuant to President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will soon propose to prohibit certain chemicals contributing to emissions of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), a class of greenhouse gases. According to EPA, the “proposed action would change the status of certain high-global warming potential (GWP) HFCs that were previously listed … Continue Reading

Senate ENR Committee Votes To Approve Keystone XL Bill & Murray Energy Files Early Challenge to EPA GHG Proposal

Legislative Activity Senate ENR Committee Votes to Approve FERC Nominees, Keystone XL Bill On Wednesday, June 18, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources (ENR) Committee held a business meeting in executive session at which it voted to favorably report a number of President Obama’s nominees for energy policy positions in the executive branch. Under a … 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

Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Pipelines, And Facilities On Federal Lands

Regulatory Activity Greenhouse Gas Data The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) intends to publish data it has collected from industry and related parties under the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program. The agency is seeking comment on its plan to publicly release information by aggregating in order to protect the confidentially of entities that provided information. Comments on … Continue Reading

EPA Clean Power Plan Reduces Greenhouse Gas Emissions; Report Released on Recommendations for Chemical Facility Safety

Regulatory Activity Greenhouse Gas The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) “Clean Power Plan” to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from existing power plants will fundamentally shift the nation’s energy economy for generations to come. Broadly speaking, the proposal would require state governments to implement plans to reduce carbon dioxide emissions (CO2) from existing power plants by … Continue Reading

DOE Proposes to Amend Procedures for LNG Export Application Review

Regulatory Activity DOE Proposes to Amend Procedures for LNG Export Application Review On Thursday, May 29, the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy proposed to amend the agency’s review process for applications to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) to countries that are not party to a free-trade-agreement with the U.S. The Department plans … Continue Reading
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