Environmental News to Watch Week of April 24


28 Senators to Hold All-Night Session March 10 to Urge Climate Change ActionHere’s a list of environmental stories, events and controversies to watch for this week. 

Congress returns: The House and Senate resume work after their recess and Saturday's March for Science, which organizers hope can lead to sustained pressure on lawmakers to support climate change research and other initiatives. Few environmental riders are expected to be attached to the upcoming government funding bill, but Rachel Leven will be watching for any that surface. She'll also be covering BakerHostetler’s 28th annual Legislative Seminar on Wednesday featuring several key members of environment committees, including House Energy and Commerce Chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.)

Trump tax reform:
The president promises to release his tax reform plan this week. BNA's Environment, Health and Safety staff will track provisions relating to energy and environment.

Nuclear waste: Energy and Commerce Committee’s Environment Subcommittee will hold a hearing Wednesday on a discussion draft of legislation to amend the Nuclear Waste Policy Act to potentially someday open Nevada's Yucca Mountain. Rebecca Kern will follow.

Regulatory reform: The EPA begins holding a series of public meetings and listening sessions on the topic of revising or potentially eliminating existing regulations. The agency is beginning with a teleconference Monday for its air quality office, while upcoming sessions will focus other issues such as water, chemicals and waste. David Schultz will monitor.

Paris Agreement: President Donald Trump continues to deliberate whether to have the U.S. remain in the Paris Agreement. His spokesman, Sean Spicer, said a decision would be made before the G-7 meeting in Taormina, Italy, next month. Dean Scott will be tracking.

Dakota Access Pipeline: Construction is complete and is set to go into service May 14, carrying crude from North Dakota to Patoka, Ill. At the same time, the ETCO Pipeline, with the same owners, will start taking North Dakota crude from Patoka to Nederland, Texas, on the Gulf Coast. Alan Kovski will file an update.

Clean Water rule: Opening briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court case over which federal court—appeals or district—should hear challenges to the Clean Water Rule are due Thursday. The National Association of Manufacturers petitioned the Supreme Court to review whether the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit erred in establishing as the court to hear challenges to the rule, which clarifies which waters and wetlands fall under federal protection. Amena Saiyid will cover.

International chemicals: From April 24 to May 5 parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, plan to consider new limits and guidelines for chemicals and wastes with the goal of benefiting human health and the environment. Geneva correspondent Bryce Baschuk is covering.

 

-- By Chuck McCutcheon