What Environmental News to Watch the Week of Feb. 20


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Here’s a list of some top stories, events and other environmental controversies to watch this week.

Pruitt e-mails to be released. E-mails between former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt and some fossil fuel companies are due out Tuesday, just days after he’s confirmed as EPA administrator. Brian Dabbs is digging in.  

EPA news in the news. Executive orders involving the EPA are expected Tuesday. And EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt speaks with the agency’s staff around noon that same day. Brian Dabbs is the lead reporter on this.

Summit draws nuclear energy companies. The second annual Advanced Nuclear Summit on Tuesday brings together companies leading the way on advanced nuclear development, including the CEO of NuScale Power, which recently submitted its small modular technology novel technology for review at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Rebecca Kern is covering.

New toxics law gets hashed out.  Implementation of the revamped TSCA is expected to dominate conversation at the annual GlobalChem Conference and Exhibition, a policy and regulatory conference for the chemical industry happening Wednesday through Friday. Pat Rizzuto is there.   

FERC heads to NRC. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s two remaining commissioners head to the Rockville, Md., headquarters of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Thursday for the annual meeting between the two independent regulatory agencies. Rebecca Kern is reporting.

Watching changes to wildlife protections. Alan Kovski is watching what the Trump administration may do with policies involving the Endangered Species Act in efforts to reduce litigation and allow more developments.

Greenhouse gas emissions fall. Will that continue? Renewable-energy investments are on the rise as greenhouse gas emissions go down and the economy grows, according to the EPA’s greenhouse gas emissions inventory. David Schultz has the story.  

Rule repealed involving mining waste. President Donald Trump repealed the EPA’s stream water protection rule last week—the latest regulation issued late during the Obama administration to hit the chopping block. Stephen Lee is watching for follow-ups.

Nuclear waste law under consideration. Illinois Rep. John Shimkus (R) wants to boost the stalled Yucca Mountain project by working on legislation to include a federal funding stream for interim nuclear waste storage before the permanent storage site opens. Rebecca Kern has the story.

Shakers linked to fracking in Pennsylvania. A flurry of small earthquakes in Lawrence County, Pa., is linked to nearby hydraulic fracturing, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection says in a report. Leslie Pappas is reporting.