Clinton and Trump Oct 9

Congress remains out until the week of Nov. 14, so news from the Hill is slow – aside from presidential politicking. Meanwhile, here’s a list of some top stories, events and other environmental controversies to watch for this week.

Tracking Presidential Hopefuls and Climate Change Comments

Climate change was one of the final questions asked to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton during Sunday’s second presidential debate. Renee Schoof, Stephen Lee and Rachel Leven are monitoring these comments and any other speeches until the next debate on Oct. 19.  

Data-Collection Rule for Nanoengineered Chemicals Is Under Review

Companies will be required to report basic information to the EPA about nanoengineered chemicals they manufacture or use under a final rule now under White House review.  Pat Rizzuto is on the story.

Paris Climate Pact Transparency May Spur Collaboration

Reporting efforts to tackle climate change under the Paris Agreement will enable countries to learn from one another about what measures are most effective, federal and state officials say. Rachel Leven has the story.

PHMSA Rule Expands Use of Devices in Pipelines to Avoid Explosions

Use of safety devices, known as excess flow valves, installed on natural gas pipelines to reduce gas explosions, has been expanded under a final rule out from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. Rebecca Kern is reporting.

Deal Expected to Curb Use of Hydrofluorocarbons

Nations are gathering in Rwanda through Friday to consider adopting an amendment to the Montreal Protocol that would curb global use hydrofluorocarbons, which can be thousands of times more potent than carbon dioxide. We will be watching.

Aviation Emissions Deal Could Be Model for Shipping

An international agreement at the International Civil Aviation Organization on carbon-neutral growth for the aviation industry could prove a template for curbing greenhouse gas emissions from shipping, says Violeta Bulc, the European Union's top transportation official. Stephen Gardner is following.

Good Samaritan Bills Elusive Despite Gold King Mine Spill

Good Samaritan legislation that would relieve those who clean up abandoned mines of third-party liability has been controversial despite heightened attention to the problem after the 2015 Gold King Mine spill and may be elusive in Congress. Tripp Baltz is on the story.

Delta Dilemma: Environmental Stresses Threaten Mighty Mekong

Vietnam's Mekong Delta is home to forests, beaches, birdlife and more than 1,000 recorded species of animals – all threatened by climate change. Waters of the South China Sea are washing ashore, depositing salt and degrading farmland. The area is also affected by erosion, sinking land and floods, which may force millions living there to find new homes. We have a special report coming.

Energy Department Owes Entergy $13.8M in Nuclear Waste Lawsuit

The U.S. Court of Federal Claims ruled that the Energy Department owes $13.8 million in damages to Entergy Nuclear Palisades LLC for the agency’s failure to remove spent nuclear fuel from the Michigan-based power plant. Rebecca Kern is on the story.  

Not Giving Up on Coal

The decline of the coal industry has left some areas of West Virginia in economic tatters.  But billionaire Jim Justice, who owns dozen of coal mines, sees hope. And he's running as the state’s next governor. Did we mention it's on the Democratic ticket? Stephen Lee is digging into the story.