What You Missed in Environmental Policy News: Week Ending March 4
Super Tuesday and the race for the White House were all much
of America could talk about this week, but the environment and energy world
didn’t stop. House and Senate negotiators are nearing a deal to revamp the
nation’s primary chemicals law, lawmakers heard testimony on the Energy
Department’s budget request and the U.S. Supreme Court declined to stay the
EPA’s high-profile mercury regulation.
Here’s what you may have missed this week in the news:
of the Toxic Substances Control Act may be nearing the finish line. Sen.
James Inhofe (R-Okla.), one of the Senate’s leading champions, said negotiators
were “almost there.” Both EPA and industry groups have also outlined what they’d like
to see in the final version of the bill in separate letters.
- In the aftermath of the lead drinking water
crisis in Flint, Mich., the EPA announced it would increase
oversight of state drinking water programs. Changes aimed at reducing the
amount of lead and copper in the drinking water will be released sometime in
2017, the agency told governors and state agencies.
- A decision from the Supreme Court not to stay
mercury and air toxics standards rule is seen by some as evidence the court
will reserve staying regulations for the “rarest circumstances” rather than
making the practice the new normal.
- Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.), a freshman Democrat from
California, says in an interview that there’s a “very high likelihood” that
several fossil fuel
companies will face charges over their statements on climate change. Later
this week, it was revealed the Justice Department had
referred the case to the FBI for investigation.