What Environmental News to Watch the Week of March 27


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

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California approves methane rules. California adopts new methane limits for the oil and gas sector, an independent move that arrives as the EPA under Trump is expected to roll back climate change rules from the Obama administration. Carolyn Whetzel has the story.

Still waiting on this executive order. UPDATED: Expected Tuesday. 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. Our climate team is ready to dive in with coverage led by Andrew Childers.

Oversight hearing and endangered species. House Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee has a hearing Tuesday on the Endangered Species Act consultation and its effects on the economy and infrastructure development. Alan Kovski is reporting.

Brownfields hearing. Successes and shortfalls of the EPA’s Brownfields program is the topic of discussion Tuesday at a House subcommittee on water resources and environment hearing. Sylvia Carignan is there.

The climate effect on water. Brookings Institution holds a half-day conference Tuesday on issues involved in water policy on a global scale. Amena H. Saiyid is on it.

Talking cybersecurity at this hearing. Energy and Natural Resources Committee explores cybersecurity threats to the U.S. electric grid and technology improvements to minimize them in a hearing Tuesday. Rebecca Kern is covering.

A review of EPA studies on air pollution. The National Academies is set to release a report Tuesday on EPA research into the health effects of air pollution. An expert panel assessed how valuable human-exposure studies have been to inform the setting of pollution standards, the potential health risks to test subjects and whether the EPA should continue conducting such studies. Patrick Ambrosio is getting the details.

Energy Dept. official speaks to industry. Robert Smith, deputy assistant secretary for oil and natural and gas for the Energy Department’s Office of Fossil Energy, is the guest speaker Tuesday at the Natural Gas Roundtable’s monthly luncheon with members of the industry. Rebecca Kern is following.

Clean Water Rule in court. The U.S. Supreme Court meets Friday to consider whether to agree to delay a briefing on a long-awaited question: which court will hear challenges to the Clean Water Rule. Amena H. Saiyid is reporting.

Power company escapes court fines. A shuttered Dominion Virginia Power plant in southeastern Virginia won’t have to pay penalties for polluting nearby waters with coal ash despite violating the Clean Water Act, a federal court rules. Amena H. Saiyid has the story.