Obama to Sign TSCA Reform Law, and Other News in the Week Ahead

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Contempt of Congress?

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee votes Thursday on whether to hold the Obama administration’s top regulatory gatekeeper, Howard Shelanski, in contempt of Congress over an incomplete response to a subpoena. The House committee accuses Shelanski of withholding documents from a 2015 subpoena seeking records related to the Environmental Protection Agency’s and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Clean Water Act jurisdictional rule.

The White House Office of Management and Budget has previously stated there was “no basis” to hold Shelanski in contempt of Congress and that the office was working diligently to fulfill the terms of the subpoena.

Bloomberg BNA reporter Anthony Adragna will have the scoop from Capitol Hill. 
Gina McCarthy on the Hill

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy testifies Wednesday in front of the House Committee on Science, Space, & Technology on the topic of Ensuring Sound Science at EPA. Reporter Amena Saiyid will cover.  

The 2016 Energy Efficiency Forum is this Thursday at the National Press Club. EPA Administrator McCarthy tops the list of speakers. The theme of this year’s talk is “Leveraging Innovation to Become an Energy Efficiency Superpower.” Reporter Alan Kovski will have the scoop.

Ozone Compliance Obligations Before Senate Subcommittee

The Senate Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety holds a hearing Wednesday on:

 • S. 2882, which would delay implementation of the 2015 ozone standards by eight years and make several changes to the EPA's process for reviewing all national ambient air quality standards, including allowing reviews to be conducted less frequently than the current five-year cycle; and

• S. 2072, which would allow areas to avoid being designated as in nonattainment under the 70 parts per billion ozone standards if they were able to achieve and maintain certain air quality goals under an early action compact plan created by state, local or tribal governments.

S. 2882 is the Senate’s companion bill of legislation (H.R. 4775) introduced by Rep. Pete Olson (R-Texas) on June 8.  A number of states have opposed the EPA’s decision of implementing stricter ozone standards which the agency estimates would cost as much as $1.4 billion to implement in 2025. Industry argues those estimates are on the low side. Even if the legislation passes the Senate, the White House looks ready to veto it.

Reporter Patrick Ambrosio has you covered.

UN Summit with Private Sector
The United Nations Global Compact Leaders Summit takes place Wednesday and Thursday in New York City as the UN looks to coordinate action with business on the Sustainable Development Goals set forth by the UN back in 2014. Secretary-General of the UN Ban Ki-moon headlines the two-day conference.

Reporter Andrea Vittorio will have the latest.

Toxic Substances Control Act

Attorneys from Holland & Knight joins Dimitri Karakitsos, senior counsel for the U.S. Senate on Environment and Public Works, to review the new updated chemical safety law during a webinar. Obama is expected to sign the bill into law Wednesday.

Air and Waste Management

The Air & Waste Management Association is hosting its 109th Annual Conference and Exhibition, called Unmasking the Industrial Renaissance from Monday through Thursday in New Orleans. Acting Deputy Administrator of the EPA Stan Meiburg heads the keynote program discussing the future of the EPA.

Brian Dabbs will have the latest from New Orleans.

EPA Environmental Justice Webinar

The EPA hosts a webinar Thursday about Environmental Justice Technical Guidance. The webinar will overview the content of the Technical Guidance for Assessing Environmental Justice in Regulatory Analysis including information on environmental justice analyses that can be used to ultimately form national regulations. Reporter Rachel Leven is on the story.

By Ben Remaly, @BenRemaly