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OVERNIGHT ENERGY: GOP uses spending bills to move against EPA rules

SLASHING BUDGETS, STOPPING RULES: Republicans in both chambers moved bills Tuesday to cut the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) budget and block several of its new regulations. 

In the House, the Appropriations Committee approved an Interior and Environment spending bill that would cut the agency’s budget by $718 million next year. The bill would block a new EPA rule asserting power over small waterways and its upcoming greenhouse gas regulations for power plants. Members also included a provision blocking a new ground-level ozone pollution rule.

{mosads}”This administration has been hell-bent on implementing all sorts of regulations that are harmful to both our economy and our energy security,” Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.), the committee chairman, said. “Bill-wide, we have included several important policy provisions aimed to stop this sort of overzealous bureaucratic red tape.”

Also Tuesday, members of the Senate Appropriations Committee’s interior and environment subcommittee approved their spending bill for next year. The bill promises to block several EPA rules and cut funding for the Department of Interior and environment programs even deeper than the House does. 

“This bill aggressively deals with the EPA’s regulatory overreach on both the funding end and the sensible policy provisions,” said Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), chairwoman of the subcommittee responsible for writing the bill. 

Democrats in both the House and Senate slammed the bills, and the Office of Management and Budget said the White House opposed the policy riders and low funding levels in the House’s legislation.

Read more about the House bill here. Read more about the Senate bill here.

ON TAP WEDNESDAY I: The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will hear expert and industry testimony on the EPA’s coal ash disposal rule.

ON TAP WEDNESDAY II: The House Small Business Committee will hold a hearing on the crude oil export ban.

Rest of Wednesday’s agenda …

The House Science subcommittee on energy will hold a hearing on energy innovation hubs at the Department of Energy.

David O’Sullivan and Gerard Araud, the ambassadors from the European Union and France respectively, will speak at an Atlantic Council event on climate change’s threats to security. 


Pennsylvania officials are levying an $8.9 million fine against Range Resources for natural gas well that polluted groundwater and a stream, the highest fine the state has ever charged a gas driller, StateImpact Pennsylvania reports

ProPublica goes inside the Navajo Generating Plant in northern Arizona, which it argues is playing an outsize role in the drought throughout much of the West.

A pair of wildfires is spreading fast in Alaska, destroying dozens of homes and closing roads, Reuters reports.


Check out Tuesday’s stories … 

-Biden promotes private sector clean energy investments
-Senate GOP moves against Obama green agenda via spending
-GOP bill would repeal federal ethanol mandate
-House panel approves $30.17B bill cutting EPA funds, blocking rules
-Obama takes heat from both parties on Arctic drilling regulations
-Dem to sponsor wide-ranging wildfire bill
-Private investors pony up $4B for clean energy

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