What Environmental News to Watch the Week of March 20


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Here’s a list of 10 environmental stories, events and controversies to watch for this week.

Gorsuch Senate hearing. The nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch as an associate justice to the U.S. Supreme Court moves ahead with a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing at 11 a.m. Monday. Rebecca Wilhelm is reporting.  

Water Week 2017. The water utility sector holds a variety of events, including a two-day conference Tuesday and Wednesday at the Washington Marriott in Georgetown, to discuss water priorities of the EPA under the Trump administration and Republican-controlled Congress. Amena H. Saiyid is live.

Consumer Agenda for Transatlantic Markets. Chemicals, food, product safety and intellectual property are among the issues U.S. and EU officials and consumer groups discuss Tuesday at the Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue. Pat Rizzuto is there.

Bumblebee deadline delay? The Interior Department has until Tuesday to decide whether to allow its decision to take effect on the listing of a bumblebee species as endangered, and it’s considering a request to extend the deadline. Alan Kovski is watching.  

What Did Exxon Know? Lawyers representing Exxon Mobil and the State of New York square off in a Manhattan courtroom Wednesday in a case alleging that the oil and gas giant misled investors by not disclosing the risks climate change would pose to its businesses. The hearing focuses on whether Exxon is providing Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (D) with the proper discovery documents, including emails from the company’s former CEO—and current Secretary of State—Rex Tillerson. David Schultz is covering.

Ozone legislation hearing. A House Energy and Commerce subpanel holds a hearing Wednesday on legislation to delay implementation of the EPA’s 2015 ozone standards by eight years. Patrick Ambrosio is covering.

Investing in water. The Value of Water Campaign releases a report Wednesday evaluating the economic benefits of investing in water infrastructure. Amena H. Saiyid is covering.

Still waiting on this executive order. President Donald Trump is expected to issue an executive order telling the EPA to start the process to rescind the 2015 Clean Power Plan, which aims to slash carbon pollution from power plants. Andrew Childers is reporting.

Waiting on this one too. Trump is expected to sign an executive order that ends an Obama-era freeze on new coal leases on public lands. Stephen Lee is watching.

Another nation bans the bag. Kenya becomes the 11th nation to ban plastic bags after announcing its plan to nix the use of them for shopping or in commercial and household packaging by September. Wachira Kigotho has the story.