Household chemical in EPA sights

The Hill

Citing its authority under the Toxic Substances Control Act, the Environmental Protection Agency is proposing a rule to restrict the use of Toluene Diisocyanate and related compounds, often used in coatings, adhesives and sealants, The Hill reports.

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Keystone bill moves ahead on Senate committee vote

Keystone pipeline approval legislation easily cleared the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on Thursday as lawmakers traded arguments about energy independence, jobs and climate change that are likely to dominate the upcoming floor debate on the controversial project.

Republicans on the panel and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W. Va., combined to advance the bill to the Senate floor on a 13-9 vote, where an identical version by Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., is to get its first procedural vote as soon as Monday evening.

EPA must step in over mountaintop removal mining: Greens

The Hill

The Sierra Club says local environmental groups are joining it in a lawsuit to force the Environmental Protection Agency to use its powers under the Clean Water Act to regulate mountaintop removal mining in Kentucky and West Virginia, believing that state authorities are not doing what they should to protect waterways, The Hill reports.


Keystone bill clears Senate energy committee

Senators on Thursday advanced Keystone XL pipeline approval legislation through the Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

The bill, similar to one introduced this week by Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., is headed to the Senate floor for debate expected to start on Monday or Tuesday under a schedule announced by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

The bill advanced on a 13-9 vote at a business meeting, the first under new chair Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and ranking Democratic Sen. Maria Cantwell of Washington.

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W. Va., a Keystone advocate, was the lone Democrat to vote for the bill.


Nebraska court key Keystone player

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Republican-led Congress appears ready to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline, but no matter what actions are taken in Washington, the entire 1,179-mile project could be delayed until Nebraska signs off on the route.

After several years of intense debate, the routing process is before the Nebraska Supreme Court, and depending on how the justices rule, months or years could pass before construction begins in that state.

House Science Democrats

EPA pushes new plants carbon rule to summer

The Environmental Protection Agency will push back completion of carbon rules for power plants to mid-summer, a top official said Wednesday.

Janet McCabe, EPA's acting assistant administrator for air and radiation, told reporters the agency took the action to account for a 45-day extension of the comment period and a request last fall for input on additional issues.

Arizona regulator criticizes solar firms

The Arizona Republic

In remarks that appeared to be aimed at the rooftop solar industry, outgoing Arizona Corporation Commission chair Bob Stump warned Monday against “pursuit of utopian energy policy” and declared regulators needed to see “more light and less heat from the people who appear before us,” The Arizona Republic reports.

Associated Press

Earnest: Obama would reject Keystone XL approval legislation

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest on Tuesday said President Barack Obama would not sign the Keystone XL pipeline approval bill that will be taken up in Congress by House and Senate Republicans. 

He said new legislation unveiled this week is not significantly different from a House bill the administration opposed in the last Congress.

"I can confirm for you that if this bill passes this Congress the president wouldn't sign it either," Earnest told reporters.

Associated Press

No veto threat yet as GOP puts Keystone bill on fast track

The White House continued Monday to avoid a veto threat against legislation to approve the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline, while making it clear that President Barack Obama remains opposed to Congress having the final word on the $8 billion project.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters he was not ready to predict Obama would veto legislation that Republicans have vowed to send to his desk in the coming days, with a House vote set for Friday.

WOTUS, carbon rule, ozone among regs to watch this year

The Hill

The Environmental Protection Agency has several major regulations due to be finalized in 2015, including the Waters of the U.S. rule, lowering permissible ozone limits and reducing carbon emissions from power plants, The Hill reports.


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