Andrew Wheeler

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The TSCA Modernization Act Passed the Senate: Here's What You Need to Know

After several years of work, Congress passed the bipartisan Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act – more commonly referred to as the TSCA Modernization Act of 2015 – and President Obama is expected to...more

6/9/2016 - Chemicals EPA Manufacturers Risk Management Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)

Significant Water Legislation Moving in the Senate

The largest overhaul to the nation’s aging water infrastructure in decades is making progress in the Senate. On April 28, 2016, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee approved a $9 billion update to the Water...more

5/2/2016 - Drinking Water EPA Public Works US Army Corps of Engineers Water Water Resources Development Act

President Obama's FY17 Budget Request Proposes New Energy and Environmental Allocations

The President has unveiled his fiscal year 2017 budget request for the federal government. The figures are ambitious in the way that only a president in his last term would propose, and the budget includes numerous funding...more

2/15/2016 - Clean Power Plan EPA Federal Budget FEMA US Army Corps of Engineers

Supreme Court Delays Implementation of Clean Power Plan

In a 5-4 vote, the United States Supreme Court stayed the implementation of the Clean Power Plan (CPP) through the ultimate Supreme Court determination on the merits, assuming the inevitable writ of certiorari from the D.C....more

2/11/2016 - Clean Power Plan Energy Sector EPA Order to Stay SCOTUS

Senate Considers Energy Bill, Opening Debate on Host of Environmental and Energy Issues

Earlier than expected, the Senate is considering a highly anticipated bipartisan energy bill this week. The first broad package of energy legislation in over a decade, the bill proposes many adjustments to current energy...more

1/26/2016 - Energy Policy Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015 Energy Sector EPA Keystone XL Pipeline Renewable Fuel Standard

President Obama Unveils 2016 Energy and Environment Agenda

Last month, the White House released its fall Unified Agenda, which provides a look at the various regulations being developed by each agency and where each is in the rulemaking process. In the energy and environment space,...more

1/7/2016 - Barack Obama Clean Power Plan DOE DOL Energy Policy Environmental Policies EPA MSHA Oil & Gas PHMSA Pipelines

New Federal Permitting Council to Aid Large Infrastructure Projects — Emphasis on Energy

In December 2015, Congress passed the first major transportation infrastructure bill in over a decade, covering a large range of infrastructure projects and ensuring funding for the next five years. One section of the bill...more

1/5/2016 - Department of Transportation (DOT) DOE Energy Sector EPA Power Infrastructure

Breakdown of Energy and Renewable Energy Provisions in Newly Signed Tax Extenders and Government Funding Legislation

On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed into law the “Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015” (PATH Act) and an omnibus funding bill for fiscal year 2016 known as the “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016”...more

12/29/2015 - Energy Sector Investment Tax Credits Production Tax Credit Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act Renewable Energy Tax Extenders

Negotiators Reach Deals on Government Funding, Tax Extenders Legislation

After several long weeks of negotiations on end-of-year obligations, congressional negotiators reached agreements on both a government funding bill that pays for the federal government through the remainder of FY16 as well as...more

12/17/2015 - Appropriations Bill Biofuel Country of Origin Federal Funding Global War on Terror (GWOT) Labeling Oil & Gas Renewable Energy Tax Deductions Tax Extenders

EPA Publishes Clean Power Plan in Federal Register — Sets Off Flurry of Activity

The Clean Power Plan final rule, proposed Federal Plan and carbon pollution standards for new, modified and reconstructed (existing) power plants were published in the Federal Register on October 23, 2015 — weeks after its...more

10/27/2015 - Carbon Emissions Clean Power Plan Energy Sector EPA Federal Register Final Rules Greenhouse Gas Emissions Legislative Agendas Power Plants

EPA Decreases Limit for Ground-Level Ozone

In an updated rule released October 1, 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) set tighter limits on ozone – a compound regarded as a precursor to smog. In setting the new standard at 70 parts per billion (ppb) for...more

10/6/2015 - Clean Air Act EPA Manufacturers NAAQS NAM Ozone Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC)

What to Know About the EPA Final Petroleum Refinery Emissions Standards Rule

On September 29, 2015, EPA issued a final rule to regulate emissions from petroleum refineries in the United States. The rule requires monitoring for specific compounds that are emitted as part of the refining process of...more

10/5/2015 - Carbon Emissions EPA Final Rules Oil & Gas Refineries

Controversial Waters of the U.S. Rule Blocked in 13 States

The WOTUS rule is concerning to many industry sectors because it would significantly expand Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction for the agencies. In particular, the rule would extend jurisdiction to broad definitions of...more

8/31/2015 - Congressional Authority EPA Preliminary Injunctions US Army Corps of Engineers Waters of the United States

EPA Releases Proposal to Regulate Methane From Oil & Gas Industries

On August 18, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the first-ever proposal aimed at regulating methane emissions, as well as volatile organic compounds (VOC), from the oil and gas industry. EPA is...more

8/20/2015 - EPA Greenhouse Gas Emissions Heavy Equipment Manufacturers Methane New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) Oil & Gas

Clean Power Plan Finalized by Obama Administration and EPA — What's Next?

On August 3, 2015, President Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a new set of final regulations aimed at reducing carbon output from power plants. The sweeping new Clean Power Plan (CPP) sets limits...more

8/14/2015 - Barack Obama Chevron Deference Clean Air Act Clean Power Plan EPA MATS Power Plants Renewable Energy SCOTUS SIP Solar Energy Tax Credits Wind Power

Energy Legislation Gains Momentum: Bills Pass House and Senate Committees

After much anticipation, both the House and the Senate Committees passed their long awaited energy bills. Much is covered in the two packages, and many amendments have been tabled for when the bills hit the floor in the fall....more

8/3/2015 - DOE Energy Policy Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015 Energy Tax Incentives New Legislation Oil & Gas Renewable Energy Tax Credits

Supreme Court Decision Could Limit EPA's Authority Over Greenhouse Gas Emissions

On June 29, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court delivered another warning to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) against overstepping its statutory authority under the Clean Air Act. In Michigan v. Environmental Protection...more

7/2/2015 - Chevron Deference Chevron v NRDC Clean Air Act Clean Power Plan Cost-Benefit Analysis EPA MATS Michigan v. EPA Power Plants SCOTUS

EPA Releases Long-Awaited Renewable Fuel Rule

On May 29, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its long-awaited proposed volume obligations for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for 2014, 2015 and 2016, as well as volume obligations for...more

6/1/2015 - Biofuel Energy Policy EPA Oil & Gas Proposed Legislation Renewable Energy Renewable Fuel Standard

EPA Releases Final Waters of the U.S. Rule

On Thursday, May 27, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers released the final rule defining “waters of the United States” (WOTUS), which the agencies have renamed the Clean Water...more

5/29/2015 - Clean Water Act EPA Final Rules Legislative Agendas US Army Corps of Engineers Waters of the United States

Administration Outlines Energy Vision in Quadrennial Report

The Department of Energy released its Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) on April 21, 2015, which includes a series of recommendations to upgrade the country’s aging energy infrastructure (from our natural gas infrastructure to...more

4/24/2015 - DOE Energy Sector Infrastructure Power Infrastructure

Administration Outlines Energy Vision in Quadrennial

The Department of Energy released its Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) on April 21, 2015, which includes a series of recommendations to upgrade the country’s aging energy infrastructure (from our natural gas infrastructure to...more

4/23/2015 - Critical Infrastructure Sectors DOE Energy Sector Greenhouse Gas Emissions Infrastructure Oil & Gas Regulatory Agenda Renewable Energy

Keystone Debate a Sign of Things to Come in 114th Congress

On January 29, 2015, the U.S. Senate passed S. 1, the Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act, by a vote of 62-47, with all Republicans and eight Democrats voting for the legislation. ...more

2/4/2015 - Climate Change Energy Policy Environmental Policies Exports Keystone XL Pipeline Legislative Agendas New Legislation Renewable Energy

Senate Poised to Debate Keystone XL Pipeline, Other Key Energy Issues

In the wake of the U.S. House of Representatives' passage of legislation to approve the long-stalled Keystone XL pipeline, the Senate now stands poised to take up the measure beginning this week, opening the door to other key...more

1/14/2015 - Energy Policy Keystone XL Pipeline Legislative Agendas Oil & Gas

EPA Delay of 2014 RFS Rule Increases Potential for Congressional Activity

On November 21, 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it would further delay finalizing the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volumetric blending requirements until 2015. This announcement put the...more

11/26/2014 - Delays EPA Legislative Agendas Renewable Fuel Standard

As Climate Debate Rages On, A New Focus On Methane Emissions

While carbon dioxide emissions have garnered most of the attention in recent months, the Obama administration has also turned its focus to emissions of another greenhouse gas: methane. In March, the administration released a...more

8/15/2014 - Carbon Emissions Climate Change Energy Energy & Climate Debates Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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