The Trump administration is outlining a broad policy to promote development of the country's “vast energy resources,” with the president's just-issued executive order on the issue directing agencies to identify a host of “regulatory burdens” that “unnecessarily encumber energy production” and hamper job growth.
Democratic and GOP members of the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee (EPW) are voicing support for the latest iteration of a bill to codify EPA's Clean Water Act (CWA) integrated planning policy, signaling that the long-pending legislation -- which has support from municipal groups -- might finally reach the Senate floor this year.
Rep. Garret Graves (R-LA), chairman of a House environment panel, plans to consider portions of a just-introduced bipartisan brownfields bill as the House Transportation & Infrastructure (T&I) Committee develops broad brownfields legislation but says there are omissions that need to be further discussed with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.
Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch at his Senate confirmation hearing downplayed his appellate ruling that objected to a landmark legal test mandating judicial deference to EPA and other agencies, saying that he criticized the test because it could allow an agency to circumvent a court decision by changing its interpretation of a law.
Proponents of EPA's cleanup programs are pushing to shore up funding in a rebuke of the Trump administration's proposed spending cuts, with bipartisan House lawmakers eying brownfields legislation amid a strong push by EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, as well as city, county and state officials, who have advocated for the program in recent weeks.
Former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue (R), President Donald Trump's nominee to head the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), at his Senate confirmation hearing vowed to strongly support EPA's renewable fuel standard (RFS) while also pledging to work with the agency to reduce “onerous” rules for the agricultural sector.
House Democrats are warning Republicans that President Donald Trump's proposed massive budget cuts to EPA and federal grants to states will hinder the GOP's legislative push to ease implementation of the agency's ambient air standards, saying the cuts would make it harder for states to meet the standards even if the bill became law.