Ryan targets regulations
June 14, 2016 - storage organizer
With assistance from Esther Whieldon, Alex Guillén, Elana Schor, Annie Snider, and Kalina Oroschakoff
A RYAN REGULATORY AGENDA FOR A TRUMP ADMINISTRATION: Paul Ryan’s continued bid to balance out a egotistic presidential debate and concentration on routine continues currently with a roll-out of his regulatory remodel agenda. It’s a third installment of Ryan’s six-part “A Better Way” plan, that is dictated to benefaction a coherent, one ruling bulletin for Republicans anticipating to see Donald Trump inaugurated in November. Leadership aides pronounced Ryan focused on areas of “common ground” that could be incited into legislation Trump would sign.
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The deets: Most of a routine proposals can be found amid a welter of Republican bills and suggestions for restraint manners from a EPA, Interior, and other agencies. They embody putting an finish to supposed “sue and settle” practices, commanding a “regulatory budget” on any organisation such that a sum costs of manners could not surpass it, and doing divided with “Chevron deference”, underneath that judges produce to organisation interpretation of a law when a government is murky. Perhaps a many desirous aspect of a devise is a call to renovate a Administrative Procedure Act. First enacted in 1946, a APA lays a substructure for sovereign rulemaking, including supplies for open input, critique periods, announcement in a sovereign register, and on and on, and Ryan says it is badly outdated.
The appetite impacts: The Ryan devise creates “delivering affordable arguable energy” one of a 6 core ideas during a heart. It calls for streamlining permitting, rewriting a Outer Continental Shelf and Natural Gas leasing plans, and giving states control of sovereign land. It also cites a Clean Air Act as a box study, observant that reviews for a 6 pollutants during a heart of a order could occur reduction frequently — radically what a House’s Ozone Standard doing Act would accomplish if sealed into law.
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PIPELINE TO THE WHITE HOUSE: All that stands between a Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration and reauthorization is President Obama’s signature, and even a signature is a matter of when, not if. As Pro’s Andrew Restuccia reports, a Senate upheld a tube reserve check Monday dusk by unanimous consent, usually days after a House’s bipartisan capitulation of a same bill. The bill, S. 2276, reauthorizes PHMSA by FY 2019 and grants it new, singular government during emergencies, while requiring a organisation to yield swell reports on slow rules. It also requires new manners for subterraneous storage, a response to a large Aliso Canyon trickle this past winter.
SENATE NOT THROUGH WITH PIPELINES YET: Meanwhile, a Senate Energy and Natural Resources is holding a closer demeanour during oil and gas tube needing during a conference currently where attention skeleton to pull for a new concentration on longer-term solutions to speed adult permitting. “There are no necessity of issues that contingency be managed” to renovate a “daunting” routine of needing pipelines, National Association of Manufacturers Vice President Ross Eisenberg skeleton to tell senators in his prepared remarks. “All of these issues can and should be addressed fast and efficiently.” The conference starts during 10 a.m. in Dirksen 366.
SO IT BEGINS — SENATE PANEL TO MARK UP INTERIOR-EPA BILL: The Senate’s Interior-EPA spending subcommittee, chaired by Sen. Lisa Murkowski, will opinion on a 2017 spending check this morning. If final year’s package was any guide, a check will enclose a array of riders directed during Obama administration manners Republicans detest. Regulations that might be targeted, possibly in a bottom check or around amendment, embody a Clean Power Plan, Waters of a U.S., a new ozone standard, oil and gas methane manners and Interior’s fracking and tide insurance rules. Senators typically wait to offer amendments until full cabinet markup, that is slated for Thursday, or on a building (if this check gets that distant on a own).
One area to watch closely is allocations for EPA’s dual State Revolving Funds. EPA due slicing those overall, as a organisation has in prior years, and changeable income from a purify H2O account to a celebration H2O fund. But a pierce drew sold critique from lawmakers in a arise of a Flint H2O crisis. Today’s markup is during 9:30 a.m. in Dirksen 124. And don’t forget, a House Appropriations Committee will symbol adult its possess Interior-EPA bill on Wednesday.
KXL FOE SLAMS HOUSE TRANSMISSION BILL AHEAD OF MARKUP: The House Natural Resources Committee’s appetite subpanel after currently starts imprinting adult a prolonged list of bills, top-lined by H.R. 3062, Rep. Steve Womack’s bid to set new conditions on a use of venerable domain to build electric delivery lines — a change directed precisely during a Plains Eastern Clean Line, a argumentative due devise in a Republican’s home state of Arkansas.
Kleeb sounds off: That struck Bold Alliance owner Jane Kleeb, whose Nebraska-based landowner-rights organisation played a heading purpose in a quarrel to kill Keystone, as some-more than a small ironic. The maestro Democratic organizer, now regulating to lead a Nebraska Democratic party, questioned given a GOP would extent venerable domain for a devise that would use renewable appetite though contend “not a sight on hoary fuel projects,” adding: “It’s time for all venerable domain for private benefit to finish and for transparent policies on a purify appetite build-out so landowners are not stranded in a center profitable authorised fees.” The markup starts during 4 p.m. in 1324 Longworth.
ROCKEFELLER FAMILY FUND READY TO HELP FIGHT PIPELINES: Coincidentally, Kleeb and landowner groups and other environmentalists will plead fighting venerable domain for pipelines in Atlanta currently during a assembly orderly by a Rockefeller Family Fund. This meeting, that Pro’s Elana Schor told Pros about final week, is already riling adult attention groups and lobbyists. “To be ideally clear, a groups entertainment in Atlanta are regulating a thinly potential invulnerability of skill rights to case or cancel badly indispensable appetite infrastructure projects all opposite a country,” Institute for 21st Century Energy President and CEO Karen Harbert pronounced in a statement. “They implement whichever arguments best fit their ‘keep it in a ground’ goals, including evidently caring about safeguarding a rights of skill owners.”
Not so fun in a sun: The Interior Department’s indicate male on water, Deputy Secretary Mike Connor, is headed to California this week for a line-up of meetings with state officials and H2O users, as a Golden State’s H2O predicament only keeps removing worse. He will be introducing a newest hot-seat passenger — incoming Fish and Wildlife Service informal executive Paul Souza.
The outing comes as California H2O users and their congressional allies were left dumbstruck by a span of new proposals that aim to strengthen involved fish class — though Republican lawmakers fear could wear a H2O predicament for many users. The Fish and Wildlife Service wants to boost a volume of H2O that flows from a Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta out to sea, in a bid to assistance Delta smelt, that a new consult showed are unresolved on by a thread. At a same time, a National Marine Fisheries Service is proposing to reason behind some-more H2O during a pivotal fountainhead in a north, to strengthen cold H2O salmon. Together, a dual due actions mount to leave long-parched Central Valley farmers even aloft and drier, California’s Republican House members argued in a letter to a Interior and Commerce Departments final week.
When a watchdog barks: A Senate Environment and Public Works Committee subpanel wants to know what ever happened to them. GAO is approaching to tell Sen. Mike Rounds’ subcommittee on superfund, rubbish management, and regulatory slip currently that hardly half of a recommendations it done to EPA between 2006 and 2015 were put into place. Congressional Republicans disagree a unimplemented recommendations are a sold problem in a arise of new disasters that EPA had a palm in, including a celebration H2O predicament in Flint, Mich. and a brief during Gold King Mine final August.
NEVER SAY DIE ENERGY TAX BREAKS: The Senate Finance Committee currently will assemble a hearing on appetite taxation policies, in response to a Feb request from a panel’s Democrats. The conference comes amid continued doubt around a set of taxation breaks for nascent appetite technologies such as fuel cells that were left out of a Dec understanding and that some lawmakers from both parties wish could be regenerated this year. It also will give senators an event to surveillance their priorities for extensive taxation reform. Today’s conference will underline witnesses from a American Enterprise Institute and U.S. Chamber of Commerce of commerce will seem alongside CEOs of companies exploring technologies like waste-to-energy and modernized batteries.
WE’D RATHER BE ROYALTIES: A House Natural Resources subcommittee will accommodate this morning to plead Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke’s check (H.R. 5259) to revitalise a Royalty Policy Committee, that would yield submit to a Interior Department’s programmatic examination of sovereign spark leasing. The check would supplement non-federal member to a committee, including from vegetable producing tribes and from governors of states with a $10 million or some-more of annual royalties from leasing. Environmentalists are already bothered. “Rep. Zinke is proposing devise to undercut critically critical work to update spark and his check poorly stacks a rug for attention CEOs,” a orator from The Wilderness Society pronounced of a bill.
THIRD TIME’S THE CHARM? With a new petition for rulemaking, Valero is for a third time seeking EPA to make a poignant change in a Renewable Fuel Standard module that would change a weight of complying from refiners and importers onto blenders. If this sounds familiar, that’s given it is. Since a 2016 order came out, Valero has filed a petition for reconsideration seeking for this change, and filed a lawsuit seeking a change as well. Both of those efforts are still pending.
TAKING THE FIGHT TO THE WSJ, IN THE WSJ: The Partnership for Responsible Growth, a pro-growth meridian movement organisation that advocates for a CO tax, will launch a $350,000 ad debate currently in a pages of a Wall Street Journal. The initial of a array of 12 ads will run on a op-ed page currently and review in part, “Exxon’s CEO says hoary fuels are lifting temperatures and sea levels. Why won’t a Wall Street Journal?” The ads will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays by Jul 21. The organisation will also run ads on Fox News during a Republican National Convention in Cleveland.
READING GLASSES — GREENS CALL OUT BANKS FOR FOSSIL FUEL INVESTMENTS: Banks have invested $784 billion in “extreme hoary fuels” over a final 3 years, according to an annual energy financial news card expelled currently by a Rainforest Action Network, BankTrack, Sierra Club and Oil Change International. The groups’ clarification of “extreme” includes coal-fired appetite plants, connect sands extraction, and LNG import or trade operations, among other projects. “In a past 3 years, a North American and European investment and blurb banking sectors has intent in hoary fuel financing deeply during contingency with a tellurian meridian agreement reached during COP 21 final December,” a news says.
— Former Utah Rep. Jim Matheson will take a over care of a National Rural Electric Cooperative Association subsequent month, Pro’s Alex Guillén reports. Matheson has been a member of a law organisation Squire Patton Boggs given he late from Congress in 2015. He’ll take over for former Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, who engaged a serious illness in August.
— Kim Howell will run a Office of Investigations for a NRC. She many recently worked during Office of Personnel Management’s Office of a Inspector General.
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— A Little Fear and Loathing for Utilities, Bloomberg
— Ga. Power to speed closure of spark charcoal ponds, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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