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The Week Ahead

A House Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Committee panel is holding a hearing this week on the need for investment in the nation’s water infrastructure. Meanwhile, former EPA chiefs Carol Browner and William Reilly will be part of a discussion on future climate policies. And the Biden administration’s nominee to lead the Office of Management and Budget faces a key Senate test.

Water Infrastructure

T&I’s Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee is holding a Feb. 23 hearing titled “Building Back Better: The Urgent Need for Investment in America’s Wastewater Infrastructure”.

Climate Policy

The American Council for Capital Formation is hosting a Feb. 22 webinar titled "Climate Policies in a New Era: the U.S. and the E.U." The speakers include Browner, who served as EPA administrator during the Clinton administration and director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy in the Obama administration, and is now a senior counselor with the Albright Stonebridge Group. The other panelists will be Reilly, who served as EPA administrator in the George H.W. Bush administration, and Andy Brogan, global oil and gas leader for Ernst & Young.


The House Appropriations military construction, veterans affairs, and related agencies subcommittee will hold a hearing Feb. 24 on the remediation and impact of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) on military servicemembers.

The Environmental Law Institute will hold a webinar Feb. 23 about the concerns that higher PFAS exposure levels might limit the effectiveness of existing COVID-19 vaccines and the Biden administration’s priorities in addressing PFAS regulation and environmental justice.

Climate Spending

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will hold a Feb. 24 hearing titled “Building Back Better: Investing in Transportation while Addressing Climate Change, Improving Equity, and Fostering Economic Growth and Innovation”.

The House Appropriations energy and water development and related agencies subcommittee will hold a Feb. 25 hearing on strategies for energy and climate innovation.

EPA Science & Economics

Indiana University concludes its series of webinars on “EPA at 50” with a Feb. 24 webinar on science, economics and politics, featuring panelists Bernie Goldstein, Dick Morgenstern, Megan Mullin, and Terry Yosie.

Environmental Law

American Law Institute-Continuing Legal Education holds its Environmental Law 2021 conference virtually from Feb. 24-26, with sessions touching on the Biden administration’s priorities and aspects of air, chemicals, climate, waste and water law, among other things.

Biden Nominations

The Senate Budget Committee is scheduled to meet Feb. 24 to vote on the nomination of Neera Tanden to be the director of the White House Office of Management and Budget. Her prospects for clearing the Senate are uncertain after Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) said Feb. 19 he opposes the nomination, so Tanden would need the support of all 49 other Senate Democrats plus at least one Republican to confirm her nomination, with Vice President Kamala Harris as the tie-breaking vote.

Ozone Depleting Substances

The Environmental Law Institute will hold a Feb. 24 webinar on protection of the ozone layer and climate under the Montreal Protocol.

The roundtable discussion with panelists involved in creating and facilitating the protocol will commemorate the agreement’s success, highlight challenges faced and extrapolate lessons that can be applied to future global agreements.

Waste Policy

The Wilson Center will hold a Feb. 24 webinar on rethinking plastic waste solutions in the United States and Southeast Asia.

The Energy Communities Alliance will hold a Feb. 24 virtual conference on Energy Department cleanup priorities; how Congress plans to address nuclear waste; storage options; and what to expect in the incoming Biden administration.