EPA effort to regulate formaldehyde runs into lobbying opposition

The New York Times

Opposition from the furniture industry, the Chinese government and even some Democratic lawmakers has been affecting the effort by the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate formaldehyde, The New York Times reports.

Oklahoma becomes first state to announce boycott of Clean Power Plan

The Hill

Gov. Mary Fallin has signed an executive order telling state officials they cannot draft a plan for complying with the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed Clean Power Plan, The Hill reports.

Office of Rep. Jason Chaffetz.

EPA takes bipartisan beating for managment of employee misconduct

Republicans and Democrats found themselves on the same side against the Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday, hammering officials over slow response times to punish employees accused of sexual harassment and other inappropriate conduct.

The House Oversight  and Government Reform Committee, led by Chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, assailed the agency for how it handled several prominent cases of misconduct as highlighted by the agency's Office of the Inspector General.

House to take up energy funding bill amid White House veto threat

The House is expected to vote this week on a $35.4 billion funding bill for federal energy and water programs, even as the White House on Tuesday threatened to veto the package, saying it “underfunds critical investments that develop American energy sources” and contains “highly problematic ideological riders.”

While the bill increases funding for Energy Department programs, the Army Corps of Engineers and national nuclear defense initiatives by $1.2 billion over enacted fiscal 2015 levels, it shorts the Obama administration’s proposal by $633 million.

Industry warns of job losses if mountaintop mining further regulated

The Hill

The coal industry is warning that hundreds of thousands of jobs could be at risk if the Obama administration pursues regulations to curtail mountaintop removal mining, The Hill reports.

Office of Sen. Barbara Boxer

Dems take aim against EPA science bill ahead of markup

Democrats on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee are pressing the majority to pull the Secret Science Reform Act from tomorrow's mark-up session, calling the bill too "partisan" to be considered without a legislative hearing.

The bill, which would require the agency to use only publicly available scientific data and research in crafting regulations, is not a "bipartisan consensus work product", and so should be handled through regular order, the Democratic committee members said in their letter to chairman Jim Inhofe, R-Okla. 

Committee Republicans rebuffed the request.

California companies can't sue EPA over truck rules, court says

The Hill

A unanimous ruling from a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit leaves in place Environmental Protection Agency regulations on heavy truck efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions, The Hill reports.

BOEM Photo.

Interior drilling plan takes new fire from both sides

In the latest back-and-forth over the Interior Department’s proposal for offshore oil and gas development, a coalition of 163 Republican lawmakers urged the federal government to expand its horizons and open more waters to development, a day after Democrats pressed for more restrictions offshore.

Sending a letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell Thursday, the GOP group -- led by Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chair Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and House Natural Resources Chair Rep. Rob Bishop of Utah -- took issue with the department’s draft five-year plan for offshore oil and gas development from 2017 to 2022.

EPA Photo

McCarthy says she won't let carbon plan hurt grid reliability

The Environmental Protection Agency's plan to slash power plant carbon emissions won't threaten electric reliability but will drive economic growth, Administrator Gina McCarthy is set to tell an energy industry conference in Houston on Thursday. 

At IHS CERAWeek, McCarthy plans to stress that she won’t allow any plan that would hurt grid reliability to take effect, according to advance excerpts of her remarks.

Environmentalists contest broadened use of new herbicide

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Environmentalists are contesting the federal government's decision to allow more widespread use of a new version of a popular weed killer to be used on genetically modified corn and soybeans.

Motions filed Monday in the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco challenge the Environmental Protection Agency's handling of a 2,4-D weed killer called Enlist Duo, a new version of the popular herbicide used since the 1940s. It's aimed at use with seeds that are engineered to resist the herbicide, so farmers can spray the fields after the plants emerge and kill the weeds while leaving crops unharmed.


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