What You Missed in Environmental Policy News: Week Ending Nov. 27


Much of the public discussion on environmental issues during the week revolved around the upcoming conference in Paris on efforts to reach an international treaty on climate change. President Barack Obama spoke of the subject while in Malaysia, and lawmakers in Washington warned that Congress might not appropriate money for a climate change fund to aid other nations. 

Here are some of the other environmental news stories we covered this week:

Federal agencies have released their regulatory agendas for 2016. The Environmental Protection Agency has a number of significant regulatory steps lined up, as do the Interior Department and some other agencies. (Story by Bloomberg BNA reporter Patrick Ambrosio and colleagues for subscribers.)

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has made progress in implementing many parts of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014, but for some of the most contentious parts of the law, the corps’ work has been rocky and slow. Work on followup legislation is expected to get rolling in February. (Special report by Bloomberg BNA reporter Alan Kovski for subscribers.)

There still is a chance for a vote by the Senate this year on a big, long-awaited overhaul of the Toxic Substances Control Act, two senior officials of trade associations say. An omnibus spending bill and a highway bill will have priority but will not necessarily absorb all of the available time for significant legislation. (Story by Bloomberg BNA reporter Pat Rizzuto for subscribers.)
A phaseout of both the wind production tax credit and the solar investment tax credit are said to be under consideration by congressional leaders in both the House and Senate as part of a broader deal to extend dozens of expired tax credits. (Free story by Bloomberg BNA reporter Ari Natter.)

The EPA asked a federal appeals court to vacate and remand the agency’s 2014 registration of Dow Agrosciences' Enlist Duo herbicide, which combines two weed-killing ingredients. Because of new information, a reassessment is needed of the product’s environmental risks, the EPA said. (Story by Bloomberg BNA reporter Pat Rizzuto for subscribers.)

By Alan Kovski