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The Week Ahead

The Senate’s environment committee will hold a confirmation hearing this week to consider President Joe Biden’s nominees to chair the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) and to become EPA’s deputy administrator. Meanwhile, a panel of the House Natural Resources Committee will examine climate planning legislation for U.S. territories.

Biden Administration Nominees

The Senate Environment & Public Works Committee will hold a confirmation hearing March 3 on the nominations of Brenda Mallory to chair CEQ and Janet McCabe to become EPA’s deputy administrator.

Mallory, who was the Obama CEQ’s general counsel, has been serving as director of regulatory policy for the Southern Environmental Law Center, while McCabe previously served as the acting EPA air chief at the end of the Obama administration. Both are part of a group of Biden administration nominees who would bring extensive institutional knowledge to their positions and support the administration’s push to elevate consideration of climate change and environmental justice issues to all aspects of the federal government.

Climate Hearing

The House Natural Resources Committee’s Office of Insular Affairs is slated to hold a remote, livestreamed hearing on March 4 on discussion draft legislation introduced by panel Chairman Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) to provide climate change planning, mitigation and adaptation assistance to U.S. territories and the freely associated states of Micronesia, Marshall Islands and Palau.

Environmental Justice

EPA March 4 will launch an Environmental Justice (EJ) and Systemic Racism Speaker Series, with its first talk focused on The Mapping Inequality Project, which provides publicly accessible digitized versions of redlining maps for about 200 cities.

The Environmental Law Institute March 2 will host a webcast titled “Keeping To Our Word: Accountability to Racial Justice in the Environmental Sector,” to explore various questions and opportunities in light of the renewed national focus on racial injustice.

As part of its webinar series on President Joe Biden’s first 100 days in office, law firm Crowell & Moring March 4 will host the webcast “A New Day for EJ: Environmental Justice with an ESG Twist.” The webcast will discuss the origins and evolution of EJ, as well as factoring EJ into the corporate environment, social and governance, or ESG, framework.

IRIS Handbook

Public comments are due March 1 on the EPA Office of Research & Development’s Integrated Risk Information System handbook, which the agency released last year after almost a decade of delays and internal reviews. The handbook is a tool that provides operating procedures for crafting chemical risk assessments.

Waste e-Manifest

EPA’s Hazardous Waste Electronic Manifest System Advisory Board will hold a virtual public meeting March 2-4 to advise the agency on its proposed priorities for the e-Manifest program and user fees for the fiscal year 2022-2023 cycle.

Biden’s First 100 Days

The law firm Arnold & Porter will sponsor a March 1 webcast, “Navigating the First 100 Days of the Biden-Harris Administration,” which will include a breakout session on energy and environmental issues.

Energy

IHS Markit will convene CERAWeek 2021 from March 1-5, a gathering of CEOs and ministers from the global energy and utilities, policy, automotive, manufacturing and financial sectors to discuss energy and climate issues. Speakers include Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry, White House National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy and Senate Energy & Natural Resources Chairman Joe Manchin (D-WV), among others.

The Environmental and Energy Study Institute on March 5 will host a briefing, “Energy Efficiency Means Business: Learn How Energy Efficiency Programs Deliver Benefits to Your Constituents,” featuring an expert panel discussing how federal energy efficiency programs spur jobs, result in savings to consumers and businesses, and reduce stress on the U.S. energy system.

Air

Comments are due March 5 on a proposed settlement agreement reached late in the Trump administration between EPA, the State of Wyoming and utility Pacificorp over haze-forming emissions at the firm’s facilities in Wyoming.

EPA March 4 will sponsor a webinar describing a challenge competition to encourage development of effective, low-cost technologies for lowering indoor fine particulate matter emissions concentrations and protecting public health.

PFAS

The Northeast Waste Management Officials’ Association will sponsor a webcast March 2 on the health effects of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substance (PFAS) mixtures, exploring the prevalence of the chemicals in the environment and potential risks to the public.

Carbon Capture

The Air & Waste Management Association will host a webinar series March 2-3 aimed at providing greater insight into carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS), carbon capture technologies, process design, costs and performance, and EPA and Energy Department policies for CCUS.

Region 7

EPA Region 7, covering four Midwest states, on March 2 will sponsor a webinar on Resource Conservation & Recovery Act fundamentals, an introductory training course for RCRA regulators.

Also on March 2, Region 7 will host a training webinar as part of a series aimed at educating participants on Performance Partnership Grants.

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