Chemical Reform, Coal Ash Bill Markup Loom in the Week Ahead
process has been fraught with false alarms, House and Senate negotiators appear
to be on the verge—finally—of merging a broad Senate
overhaul of the nation’s primary chemicals law (S. 697) with a narrower
House-passed version (H.R. 2576). Completing work on the bill—and moving it
through the Senate and House quickly, as lawmakers hope to do—would result in
the first major new environmental statute since 1990.
events to watch for this week in the environmental and energy world:
Senate Environment and Public Works Committee holds a markup Wednesday where it will consider legislation
tweaking the Environmental Protection Agency’s final coal ash rule and
reauthorizing the Brownfields program. The committee will also consider the
nominations of two EPA officials: Tom Burke to be EPA assistant administrator
of the Office of Research and Development and Science Advisor, and Jane Nishida
to be EPA assistant administrator of the Office of International and Tribal
American Law Institute and Environment Law Institute host a two-day seminar on the Clean Water Act Thursday and Friday in Washington.
Highlights include a panel on the EPA’s waters of the U.S. rulemaking, a
session on the intersection of the Clean Water Act and climate change; and a
keynote address from John Cruden, assistant attorney
general for the Justice Department's Environment and Natural Resources
- The House Energy and Commerce Committee is expected to vote Wednesday on legislation that delays
implementation of the 2015 ozone air standards (H.R. 4775) and foster research
and development for advanced nuclear energy technologies (H.R. 4979). Both
bills cleared a subcommittee last week.
- Climate negotiators from around the world gather this week in Bonn, Germany, for the first formal
gathering of all the nations since the 2015 Paris Agreement was reached. Key
goals of the meeting are to assure transparency in the way domestic actions to
combat climate change are recorded and finding ways to prevent countries from
backsliding on the commitments made in Paris.