Tag Archives: Environmental Protection Agency

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

Regulatory Activity 2015 Drinking Water Infrastructure Needs Survey and Assessment The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water is seeking comments on an information collection regarding identifying infrastructure needs of public water systems for the next 20 years, from January 2015 through December 2034. This is a renewal of an information … 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

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

EPA Greenhouse Gas Rule to be Released to Public; EPA Seeking Comment on Chemicals in Hydraulic Fracturing; USGS Submits Request to OMB

Regulatory Activity Greenhouse Gas Rule The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) anticipated Proposed Rule concerning greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for existing coal and natural gas fired power plants will be released to the public on Monday, June 2, at 10:30 am. To advance public awareness of the proposed rule, the President devoted his Saturday radio address … Continue Reading

Shaheen/Portman Energy Cloture Vote Fails & EPA Issues Proposed Rule for Refineries

Legislative Activity Shaheen/Portman Energy Cloture Vote Fails On Monday, May 12 the Senate voted against a motion to invoke cloture and end debate on S. 2262, the “Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2014,” after Senate leaders were unable to reach a deal to consider a group of energy-related amendments. While Senate Majority Leader … Continue Reading

Senate Energy And Natural Resources Committee Will Hold Hearing To Evaluate President Obama’s Nominations For Key Environmental Positions

Legislative Activity Senate to Consider Environmental Nominations On Tuesday, May 13, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will hold a full committee hearing to evaluate President Obama’s nominations for key environmental positions. Dr. Monica Regalbuto is being nominated for Assistant Secretary of the Department of Energy (DOE) to oversee the department’s Office of Environmental … Continue Reading

EPA Issues Proposed Rule Concerning Ozone

Regulatory Activity Ozone A court order issued last week instructs the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to issue its proposed rule concerning ozone by December 1, 2014, and a final rule by October 1, 2015. This action would finalize the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) that are expected to significantly impact cities, counties, transportation systems … Continue Reading

EPA To Hold Panel Review of Greenhouse Gas Emission Standards

Regulatory Activity Greenhouse Gas Emissions The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold a panel to consider proposed rule changes to amend and extend the medium- and heavy-duty vehicle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards beyond the model year 2018. According to the EPA, the proposed changes are likely to include “more stringent engine and vehicle GHG … 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

The White House Council On Environmental Quality Announces Creation And Launch Of New Website

Executive Branch Activity Climate Change Announcement The White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) has announced the creation and launch of www.data.gov/climate which is intended to collect information related to climate change in order to help cities and the business community prepare to become more resilient to climate change. Initially focusing on sea level rise … Continue Reading

Energy Efficieny Legislation Passes in the House on Suspension of the Rules & EPA Releases Final Standard for Gasoline Sulfur Content

Legislative Activity House Narrowly Passes Two Partisan Rules Bills During “Energy Week” Last week, the House narrowly approved two partisan energy-related bills, H.R. 3826 (the “Electricity Security and Affordability Act”) and H.R. 2641 (the “Responsibly and Professionally Invigorating Development Act of 2013” or RAPID Act), as part of the House Republican Leadership’s thematic “energy week.” … 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

State Department IG Finds No Wrongdoing In Selection of Keystone XL Contractor

Legislative Activity House Schedules “Energy Week” for Legislative Debate This week, the House Republican leadership has planned a thematic “energy week” to organize legislative debate on the floor. The House will consider three rules bills and several non-controversial bills under suspension of the rules. The three rules bills include: (1)  H.R.3826, the “Electricity Security and … Continue Reading

EPA and DOI to Release Budget Requests; DOE Announces Availability of Funds for Enhanced Geothermal Systems

Regulatory Activity FY 2015 Budgets On Tuesday, March 4, the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Interior will release their budget requests for Fiscal Year 2015. Oil and Gas Activity The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is creating a proposed rule concerning managing activities of non-federal oil and gas development in the National … Continue Reading

EPA To Propose New GHG Emissions Rule for Oil and Gas Facilities; Fracturing – New EPA Guidance, EPA Proposes New Farm Safety Rule

Regulatory Activity EPA To Propose New GHG Emissions Rule for Oil and Gas Facilities The EPA is proposing revisions to the greenhouse gas reporting rule for oil and gas facilities that will revise calculation methods, monitoring and data reporting requirements, terms and definitions including confidentiality determinations. Affected parties are likely to include: pipeline transportation of … Continue Reading

EPA Seeks Public Input on Climate Change, Releases Analysis of FY 2013 Enforcement Activities, and Set to Examine Retail Waste

Regulatory Activity EPA Seeks Public Input on Climate Change The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a request for comment on its draft report concerning the impacts of climate change to human health. The agency is seeking input from the public on “proposed plans for scoping, drafting, reviewing, producing, and disseminating the Interagency Special Report on the Impacts … Continue Reading
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