The Week Ahead: EPA Scheduled to Hold Listening Sessions on Carbon Rules for Power Plants


The Environmental Protection Agency is scheduled to hold two listening sessions Oct. 23 in New York City and Atlanta on a proposed rule under the Clean Air Act to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants.

The EPA announced Oct. 18 that it has rescheduled listening sessions in Boston and Philadelphia that were postponed due to the government shutdown. The Boston session will now take place on Nov. 4 and the Philadelphia session will be held Nov. 8.

The agency is holding 11 listening sessions in its regional offices and in Washington, D.C., before it proposes the standard in June 2014.

In addition to the Boston, Philadelphia, New York and Atlanta sessions, the EPA plans to hold meetings in Denver; Lenexa, Kan.; San Francisco; Washington, D.C.; Dallas; Seattle; and Chicago.

California Air Resources Board Meeting on Agenda

Numerous climate- and energy-related items are included on the California Air Resources Board's agenda for its Oct. 24-25 meeting.

The staff is scheduled to give a status report on the state's advanced clean cars program and present minor modifications to zero-emission vehicle regulations.

Also on the agenda is an update to the state's scoping plan to implement the Global Warming Solutions Act (A.B. 32) and discussion of minor amendments to mandatory greenhouse gas reporting requirements and proposed changes to the cap-and-trade program.

European Fuels Conference to Be Held

Transportation ministers from several countries in the European Union as well as executives from companies in the global transportation manufacturing sector will participate in panel discussions during the Moving Europe Forward with Clean Transport Fuelsconference Oct. 21 in Brussels.

Matthias Ruete, the European Commission's director-general for Mobility and Transport will give the keynote address.

As covered in a Jan. 24 article, to accelerate the transition away from oil as the dominant fuel source in the road and shipping sectors, the European Commission proposed a law requiring European Union countries to significantly increase the number of charging stations for electric cars, fueling stations for hydrogen-powered vehicles, and liquefied natural gas depots for ships.

The commission, which is the EU's executive branch, also proposed legislation calling for harmonized technological standards to boost the production and lower the cost of electric cars, as well as to speed construction of green infrastructure. The proposal would include consistency in labeling of fuel pumps and vehicles.

Other Energy and Climate Events on the Agenda

The EPA's assistant administrator for the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance is scheduled to give the keynote address Oct. 22 to an Environmental Law Institute event in Washington on "Big Data: A Game Changer for Environmental Managers, Advocates and Regulators?" According to ELI, many companies are seeking to harness big data to achieve environmental goals, including increasing energy efficiency, selecting sustainable investments and mapping environmental damage. 

The Energy Bar Association will hold its mid-year meeting and conferenceOct. 23-24 in Washington. In addition to sessions on electricity generation, the development of natural gas pipelines and other energy topics, the agenda includes a panel discussion on President Barack Obama's Climate Action Plan announced in June.

On Oct. 21, the Stimson Center will hold an event in Washington on "Climate and Security: Views from the Global North and South." Dino Patti Djalal, ambassador of Indonesia, Sheila Riordon, minister of political affairs for the Canadian Embassy, and David Michel, senior associate and director of the center's environmental security program, are the featured speakers.