Week Ahead: Environment and Energy Events for the Week of June 13


Capitol Building

Here is some news to watch out for in the week ahead.

House Riders Seek to Unplug Clean Power Plan

The Senate Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Subcommittee is set to mark up  legislation Tuesday to fund the Environmental Protection Agency, Interior Department and related agencies for fiscal year 2017 with full committee markup on Thursday. Subcommittee ranking member Tom Udall (D-N.M.) has said this bill won’t contain similar controversial riders as it does in the House.

The House Appropriations Committee will mark up their counterpart legislation Wednesday. The House Interior-Environment Subcommittee previously approved the legislation on May 25 with riders that would prevent the EPA from using appropriated funds for the Clean Power Plan, Clean Water plan and more.

Brian Dabbs is on the story.

Microsoft Conference in D.C.

The information and communications technology industry is gathering to discuss its role in helping the world achieve the sustainable development goals adopted by the United Nations last year. Some of the topics include building sustainable cities and achieving growth while cutting out carbon emissions. The Tuesday event is hosted by Microsoft and the Global e-Sustainability Initiative. It will include speakers from Accenture, Deutsche Telekom, Microsoft, Verizon, their partners, government and more.

Andrea Vittorio will have the coverage.

A Finale to the Presidential Primary

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is now the presumptive nominee of the Democratic Party, but there’s still one primary left on the agenda. Washington D.C. hosts the final 2016 primary when registered Democrats vote in a contested primary between Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Tuesday. The focus will now be shifting to November’s general election.

Bloomberg BNA reporter Rachel Leven highlighted the environmental policy differences between Clinton and presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump.

Advisory Board to Review Fracking Report

The EPA Chartered Science Advisory Board will review the EPA’s draft assessment of hydraulic fracturing and its potential impacts on drinking water resources on Tuesday and Wednesday. The board released its draft critique of the EPA’s assessment in April.
Alan Kovski will have the updates for subscribers.

EPA Changes

This week Frank Benenati will take over as associate administrator for public affairs for the EPA. Benenati comes from the White House where he helped craft the communication strategy on environmental issues including the Clean Power Plan, the Paris Agreement and implementation of the President’s Climate Action Plan. He will be taking over the role filled by Liz Purchia who assumed that role for the past year.

By Ben Remaly