What We're Watching the Week of Sept. 19


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Here’s a list of some of the top stories, events and other environmental controversies on our radar this week. 

Banks Move to Curb Their Carbon Footprints

Bank of America is going carbon neutral as JP Morgan Chase and Morgan Stanley get ready to price carbon internally. Andrea Vittorio will have the story.

‘Exceptional’ Air Pollution Policy Gets Overhauled by EPA

A new EPA rule aims to make it easier for state regulators to address wildfires and other “exceptional” air pollution events. Patrick Ambrosio is covering.

Current Air Standards for Lead Sufficient, EPA Says

The existing air quality standards for ambient concentrations of lead are sufficient to protect public health, the EPA says in a final rule released today. Andrew Childers is on it.

Chemical Manufacturers Get Extra Month to File Data With EPA

The Environmental Protection Agency is extending the deadline until Oct. 31 for chemical manufacturers to submit production volume and other data. Pat Rizzuto is covering.

White House Begins Review of Municipal Stormwater Rule

The White House Office of Management and Budget is now reviewing a final rule requiring small cities and towns to seek public input on proposed stormwater permits two months before a court-mandated deadline. Amena Saiyid is reporting.

UN ‘Confident’ Paris Deal Will Take Effect This Year

A United Nations session on climate change Wednesday is slated to include announcements by large countries that will fuel momentum toward ratification of the Paris climate agreement by the end of 2016, a UN official said today. John Herzfeld has the story.

California Law Targets Potent, Short-Lived Climate Pollutants

California must cut emissions of black carbon, methane and hydrofluorocarbon gases 40 percent to 50 percent by 2030, under a bill Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed today. Carolyn Whetzel is the one to watch for this news.

Approval Expected for Deepwater Wind Project Off Long Island

Deepwater Wind LLC is expected to receive approval from the Long Island Power Authority Wednesday for the largest offshore wind project in the U.S., a source familiar with the case told Bloomberg BNA. Gerald Silverman has the story.

Michigan’s Investigation Continues Into Flint Drinking Water Crisis

Michigan’s former director of the Bureau of Epidemiology in the Department of Health and Human Services, Corinne Miller, pleads no contest to a misdemeanor count of willful neglect of duty in a plea agreement where the state agrees to drop two felony charges for conspiracy and official misconduct. Michael Bologna is covering.

Syngenta Settles Pesticide Mislabeling Charges for $1.2 Million

Syngenta Crop Protection LLC agrees to pay $1.2 million to settle allegations that it mislabeled and illegally distributed unregistered pesticides, the EPA says. Andrew Ballard has the story.