What You Missed in Environmental Policy News: Week Ending Feb. 5


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The ongoing drinking water crisis in Flint, Mich. dominated the news this week, as Congress took its first crack at oversight, and the Senate’s first broad energy bill in years got derailed pending some sort of agreement on relief to the city. Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders, competing for the Democratic presidential nomination, also agreed to a debate in Flint.

 Here are some other stories you may have missed this week:

  •  The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to shortly decide whether to grant an immediate stay request for the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. The agency said in a response to the high court that granting the stay request would be premature and unprecedented (Story by Andrew Childers).
  • Work continues on efforts to update the Toxic Substances Control Act. A senior House lawmaker told Bloomberg BNA this week that lawmakers may hold off debating the most controversial aspects of the update until a formal conference, but there don’t appear to be any major obstacles to getting the work done (Story by Pat Rizzuto).
  • President Barack Obama has proposed a $10-a-barrel tax on oil in his final budget request, but Republicans on Capitol Hill were immediately cool to the idea. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) described the idea as “dead on arrival” (Story by Dean Scott).