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Tax credits for clean energy and possibly for carbon capture could take the stage this week in Washington. The Senate is considering adding some credits that were left out of the year-end omnibus bill to legislation (H.R. 636) that reauthorizes the Federal Aviation Administration.

Those connected to the negotiations say the energy tax package may be larger than tax credits for geothermal, fuel cells, small wind and other clean energy sources. Talks happening this week also include tax credits for carbon capture (the 45Q tax credit) and energy-efficiency projects. The bill could be one of the last tax vehicles the Senate considers this year.

Bloomberg BNA reporter Ari Natter is covering the news for subscribers.

Other environmental policy events around town include:

Environmental Council of the States spring meeting Monday through Thursday in Nashville, Tenn.  Discussions include partnerships between environmental regulators and public health professionals, media communication during public health emergencies, ozone and regional haze, restoring urban waterways and what’s next for the Clean Power Plan. Follow the news on #ECOSpringMtg16.

Pan-American Conference for Alternative Methods brings together experts and stakeholders to discuss animal-testing alternatives during a conference from Tuesday through Thursday at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works hearing at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday called Examining the Role of Environmental Policies on Access to Energy and Economic Opportunity. The hearing considers the effects the president’s climate regulations are having on the economy, national security and more, according to the committee’s website.

House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans hearing at 1 p.m. Wednesday called Empowering States and Western Water Users Through Regulatory and Administrative Reforms. The panel is considering Obama administration proposals that could dis-incentivize some water users from developing water infrastructure, according to the subcommittee’s memo.  

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining hearing at 2:30 p.m. Thursday on Bureau of Land Management proposed rule called Waste Prevention, Production Subject to Royalties, and Resources Conservation.  The proposed regulation would cut the waste of natural gas from federal and Indian lands and opens doors to increased federal royalties.

Senate Appropriations Committee markup at 10:30 a.m. Thursday of the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act, 2017.