EPA Regulations, Clean Water Rule and More in the Week Ahead

Christiana Figueres

Here's a look at some energy and environment-related news happening this week.

House Subcommittee Hearings

The House returns from recess on Tuesday and has a slate of environment-related events going on this week. On Wednesday, the Subcommittee on Energy and Power has a hearing focusing on reviewing the Environmental Protection Agency’s regulations under the Obama administration in relation to the energy and industrial sectors and what they plan on next term. The first panel features Janet McCabe, acting assistant administrator of the Office of Air and Radiation for the EPA. Bloomberg BNA reporter Anthony Adragna has you covered. 

The House Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy has a hearing Thursday called Federal, State, and Local Agreements and Associated Benefits for Spent Nuclear Fuel Disposal. The hearing involves the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository. Congress in 1987 designated the Yucca Mountain site 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas as the location for a geologic repository for stored radioactive waste, but the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has yet to complete the license application for the project. Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who has led efforts to prevent the Energy Department and the NRC from funding the project, is not seeking reelection following the conclusion of his term at the end of this year. Reporter Brian Dabbs will cover the story.
Clean Water Rule Oral Arguments

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit is holding oral arguments on Friday to decide whether to defer to a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit that an appeals court is the proper venue for all lawsuits against the Clean Water Rule.

The Eleventh Circuit previously postponed oral arguments that were scheduled for February after the Sixth Circuit decision was made and all parties to the litigation had an opportunity for supplemental briefing on the question of legal jurisdiction. Reporter Amena Saiyid will have the latest.

International News

Christiana Figueres steps down today after six years as the United Nation’s top climate change official. The outgoing executive secretary of the UN has added her name to the list of candidates to replace UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon with the selection expected in October. Mexico’s ambassador to Germany, Patricia Espinosa, will take over as head of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.