EPA Funding, Energy Cybersecurity and More in the Week Ahead

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Here’s a look at some environment and energy-related news happening this week before Congress departs for a seven-week recess. Both chambers are expected to leave no later than Friday. Congress returns after Labor Day in September.

EPA Awaits 2017 Funding Bill

The House Rules Committee looks to consider legislation to fund the Interior Department and the Environmental Protection Agency this week. The $32.1 billion legislation would fund the Interior and EPA for fiscal year 2017. The nearly $8 billion allocated to the EPA would prohibit funding for the Clean Power Plan, the Clean Water Rule, Superfund financial assurances and other EPA initiatives. The bill would be a $164 million cut in EPA appropriations.

The Senate is likely to delay legislation to fund the Interior Department and the EPA until Congress reconvenes after summer recess Bloomberg BNA reporter Brian Dabbs reported last week. The Senate bill contains similar appropriations to that of the House. Look to Brian Dabbs for the latest updates.

2016 EIA Energy Conference

The 2016 Energy Information Administration Energy Conference is Monday and Tuesday. President Barack Obama’s science adviser and director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy John Holdren; Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.); Kinder Morgan Inc. President and Chief Executive Officer Steve Kean; Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas) are keynote speakers of the event that includes leaders across industry, government and academia. Andrew Childers is covering.


California Air

California air quality regulators will unveil a regulatory proposal Tuesday to update the state’s cap-and-trade program. The draft rules aim to extend the trading program beyond 2020 by establishing annual emissions to curb greenhouse gases to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. Reporter Carolyn Whetzel will have the latest.

California Water

The House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans  has a hearing Tuesday to discuss California’s water supply and demand issues. In the past, Republicans and have called for more water to be pumped from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta for human use, but the Endangered Species Act prevents certain allotments of the delta from being used. The hearing is called Changing Demands and Water Supply Uncertainty in California. Reporter Alan Kovski will have the story.

Energy Cybersecurity

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy holds a hearing Tuesday about the Securing Energy Infrastructure Act. The legislation (S. 3018) proposed by Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) would establish a two-year pilot program within the National Laboratories to identify security vulnerabilities within the U.S. energy infrastructure.

On Wednesday, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources holds a hearing on H.R. 2663, the Public Land Renewable Energy Development Act of 2015. Reporter Rebecca Kern has you covered.

CERCLA Oversight

The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy has a hearing Wednesday to examine implementation of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). The subcommittee will look to address whether the CERCLA process allows for efficient cleanups, whether the EPA is following the process and how to ensure contaminated sites are clean, according to a committee press release. Reporter Brian Dabbs is covering the hearing called Oversight of CERCLA Implementation.