What We're Watching the Week of Sept. 26

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

Clean Power Plan Arguments Take Place Tuesday

The D.C. Circuit hears arguments Tuesday over the Clean Power Plan, the centerpiece of the Obama administration’s efforts to address climate change. Andrew Childers will have the story.

Climate Change in Clinton-Trump Debate?

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump face each other tonight in their first presidential debate, and climate change could be among the hot topics discussed. Rachel Leven is covering.

Where Do Things Stand on the Water Infrastructure Vote?

The House Rules Committee votes today at 5 p.m. on the Water Resources Development Act (H.R. 5303), and then the measure should move to the House where lawmakers may vote by midweek after hearing amendments. Follow Alan Kovski for this story.

Water Quality Meeting Kicks Off Today

The Water Environment Federation Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference begins today in New Orleans. Amena Saiyid is covering. Follow along at #WEFTEC16.

Lobbying Begins for Bill to Inject Funding for Projects in Coal Communities

Environmental activists and coal-state residents are in Washington today through Wednesday to lobby for the introduction of a measure (H.R. 4456) to revitalize struggling coal communities. Stephen Lee is watching.

The Amended Toxics Substances Control Act – Where Things Stand Now 

Chemical manufacturers are reeling from the effects the amended TSCA is having on their new chemicals’ entry into commerce, and meanwhile the EPA is preparing four regulatory proposals, expected to be released in December. Pat Rizzuto covers this in a special report.

What About Carbon Standards for Aircraft?

The International Civil Aviation Organization meets this week in Canada and is expected to release a plan to curb carbon emissions from aircraft. Correspondent Peter Menyasz will have the story.  

Environmental Council of the States Fall Meeting Begins Today

The Environmental Council of the States meeting in West Virginia lasts through Wednesday and includes discussions of wastewater produced from oil and gas development, the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act and drinking water infrastructure challenges. Stephen Lee is there and reporting for us.

Group to Examine Hurdles to Storing Nuclear Waste

The Bipartisan Policy Center hosts an event tomorrow afternoon from 1-2:30 p.m. at its downtown headquarters providing recommendations from its Nuclear Waste Council on consent-based siting of spent nuclear waste. Rebecca Kern is covering.

NuScale Power’s Nuclear Small Reactor Technology

Rebecca Kern takes a look at NuScale Power’s small modular reactor technology. Commercialization plans for the technology include a plant with a footprint that is potentially ¼ the size and 1/3 the cost of current light-water reactor plants.