Week Ahead: EPA Seeks Deregulatory Input

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The EPA will solicit public comments on rules that are ripe for repeal the week of May 1, continuing the administration’s deregulatory push.

The agency on Monday will hear from the public on chemical safety and lead exposureWater issues are on tap Tuesday, and pesticides are up Thursday.

Also this week, the National Association of Clean Air Agencies will wrap up a multi-day meeting Wednesday on the Volkswagen settlement, congressional priorities and enforcement, and the meeting will include an update from the EPA’s air office on its near-term priorities.

The Illinois State Bar Association’s environmental law conference will be Thursday and Friday on regulation of lead in drinking water, carbon regulation and the definition of “waters of the U.S.”

Also coming up this week:

French elections: The runoff for France’s presidency between the National Front’s Marine Le Pen and En Marche’s Emmanuel Macron will be May 7. Correspondent Rick Mitchell in Paris will examine an overlooked issue in a campaign that has drawn global attention: the candidates’ energy and environment stances.

Zinke talks energy: Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is speaking Monday at the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston about the administration’s energy plans.

China and climate: With President Donald Trump continuing to mull whether to keep the U.S. in the Paris Agreement, Dean Scott will look at whether China can fill a global leadership vacuum on climate change.

FERC workshop: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff will hold a workshop Monday and Tuesday to discuss wholesale energy and capacity markets operated by the Eastern Regional Transmission Organizations and Independent System Operators. Also in the energy world, the U.S. Energy Association’s annual meeting Thursday features Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas).

Dakota Access Pipeline: Construction is complete on the pipeline, and it is set to go into service May 14, carrying crude from North Dakota to Patoka, Ill. At the same time, the Energy Transfer Crude Oil Pipeline, with the same owners, will start taking North Dakota crude from Patoka to Nederland, Texas, on the Gulf Coast. Alan Kovski will explore.

Renewables and fossil fuels: The Trump administration’s emphasis on fossil fuels is something renewable energy companies need to navigate. Rebecca Kern will report on how clean energy companies are shaping their messaging in the new administration.

“Big Five” animals: Several South Africa government proposals could jeopardize the sustainability of the “big five” animals: lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo. Correspondent Edwin Naiduin Johannesburg will examine them.

Risk management plan rule: The EPA’s chemical safety rule is stuck between a rock and a hard place: Face the Congressional Review Act or being reworked over the next two years. Sam Pearson will explain.

EPA chemical data reporting rule: The EPA will host a webinar Monday to solicit comments from chemical manufacturers about their experiences with the Chemical Data Reporting rule in 2016.