What Environmental News to Watch the Week of Feb. 27

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Lawmakers return today, and President Trump addresses a joint session of Congress Tuesday night (And we’ll be listening for mention of environment and energy news.).

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

EPA and e-mails. E-mailed complaints requesting EPA help on issues from drinking water safety to alleged illegal oil dumps waited more than a year for the agency to read them. Rachel Leven has the story.

Carbon cost to be examined. The House Science, Space and Technology Committee holds a hearing Tuesday to delve into the development of the social cost of carbon, estimates used to quantify the economic benefits of reducing carbon dioxide emissions. Rachel Leven is covering.

The Next Farm Bill. The House Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry holds a hearing Tuesday on conservation policy in the upcoming farm bill authorization. Amena Saiyid is on it.  

New clean air plan gets vote. Final draft of 15-year plan by the Southern California air district is set for a vote Friday and proposes phasing out a regional cap-and-trade program covering 276 stationary sources of nitrogen oxides and sulfur oxides and relies on receiving $1 billion from yet-to-be identified sources to fund incentive programs to cut largely mobile source emissions. Carolyn Whetzel is reporting.

M&T Bank Subsidiary Tapped for VW Fund. The Justice Departments wants Wilmington Trust, N.A. as the trustee for a $2.7 billion environmental remediation fund established under the Volkswagen diesel emissions settlement. Patrick Ambrosio has the story.

Chemical plant rule on chopping block. Opponents of a GOP resolution to rescind an EPA rule meant to reduce chemical plant explosions face competing congressional priorities in an environment awash in anti-regulatory resolutions and Cabinet fights. Sam Pearson is on it.

Reflecting on stream protection rule. The demise of the stream protection rule isn't likely to trigger more coal pollution anytime soon—or possibly ever, environmental advocates and others say. Stephen Lee has the story.

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.