Energy & Environment Update - June 2015 #2

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In This Issue:

- Energy and Climate Debate

- Congress

- Administration

- Department of Commerce

- Department of Energy

- Department of Interior

- Environmental Protection Agency

- Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

- International

- States

- Miscellaneous

- Excerpt from Energy and Climate Debate:

The House and Senate are in session until the July 4 recess, and have full schedules until then. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has outlined additional June issues to include agricultural legislation, Affordable Care Act measures, and Environmental Protection Agency regulations, specifically legislation allowing states to opt out or defer compliance with the Clean Power Plan (H.R. 2042), to address coal ash (H.R. 1734), and to modernize the Toxic Substances Control Act (H.R. 2576). The House will spend this week considering and finalizing the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act (H.R. 235), the Commodity End-User Relief Act (H.R. 2289), the fiscal year 2016 Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development Appropriations bill (H.R. 2577), the Country of Origin Labeling Amendments Act of 2015 (H.R. 2393), the fiscal year 2016 Department of Defense Appropriations Act (H.R. 2685), and potentially the Intelligence Authorization Act (H.R. 2596) to authorize Trade Promotion Authority. The Senate will continue to consider the National Defense Authorization Act (S. 1376), wading through more than 200 filed amendments. Energy issues will see some time in several committee hearings, including regarding broad energy legislation, the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed ozone rule, appropriations, and nominations.

On the Administration side, the Environmental Protection Agency sent last week its final Clean Power Plan to the White House Office of Management and Budget for interagency review. The agency is expected to release final greenhouse gas standards for new, existing, and modified power plants in August.

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