Overnight Energy: Schumer to trigger reconciliation process Wednesday | Bipartisan bill would ban 'forever chemicals' in cosmetics | Biden admin eyes step toward Trump-era proposal for uranium reserve

Overnight Energy: Schumer to trigger reconciliation process Wednesday | Bipartisan bill would ban 'forever chemicals' in cosmetics | Biden admin eyes step toward Trump-era proposal for uranium reserve
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Today we’re reconciling with the future of infrastructure and looking at new legislation and a study on PFAS in cosmetics and an upcoming step toward a strategic uranium reserve. 

BYE BYE BIPARTISAN: Schumer to trigger reconciliation process Wednesday

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Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerAn August ultimatum: No recess until redistricting reform is done Biden to meet with 11 Democratic lawmakers on DACA: report Schumer's moment to transform transit and deepen democracy MORE (D-N.Y.) says he will convene a meeting with all 11 Democratic members of the Senate Budget Committee on Wednesday to begin the process for passing a budget resolution, paving the way for Democrats to pass a major infrastructure bill on a party-line vote.

And climate played a role in the backstory...prior to his announcement:

Two Democratic senators on Tuesday signaled they will oppose a $974 billion, five-year bipartisan infrastructure proposal unveiled last week, faulting it for not doing enough to halt climate change. 

Sens. Ed MarkeyEd MarkeyHuman rights can't be a sacrificial lamb for climate action Nearly 140 Democrats urge EPA to 'promptly' allow California to set its own vehicle pollution standards Senate Democrats press administration on human rights abuses in Philippines MORE (D-Mass.) and Jeff MerkleyJeff MerkleyHuman rights can't be a sacrificial lamb for climate action Senate Democrats press administration on human rights abuses in Philippines Bipartisan congressional commission urges IOC to postpone, relocate Beijing Games MORE (D-Ore.) told reporters they will only support an infrastructure package that is part of a broader guaranteed agreement to invest massively into clean energy infrastructure and urged their party leaders to immediately begin the budget reconciliation process to allow legislation to pass the Senate with only Democratic votes. 

Asked if he could vote for the bipartisan proposal laid out by a group of 10 senators last week if promised a broader reconciliation bill will come to the Senate floor soon after, Markey said, “I could not.”

Read more about Schumer’s announcement here and what Markey/Merkley had to say here.

 

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THE MAKE-UP OF YOUR MAKEUP: Bipartisan lawmakers introduce bill to ban 'forever chemicals' in cosmetics as study finds them prevalent

Bipartisan legislation introduced Tuesday would ban the use of so-called forever chemicals in cosmetics, on the heels of a study indicating their presence in more than 100 makeup products.

The study, published Tuesday in Environmental Science and Technology Letters, found per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in more than half of 231 products in eight categories. The highest levels were found in foundation, mascara and liquid lipstick products, according to the study, with most of them not listing PFAS compounds among their ingredients.

The No PFAS in Cosmetics Act, introduced in the Senate by Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsTop Democrat: 'A lot of spin' coming from White House on infrastructure Bill would honor Ginsburg, O'Connor with statues at Capitol The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - US gymnast wins all-around gold as Simone Biles cheers from the stands MORE (R-Maine) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), would ban the use of PFAS chemicals in cosmetics and require the Food and Drug Administration to propose a rule banning intentionally using them in cosmetics.

Rep. Debbie DingellDeborah (Debbie) Ann DingellNearly 140 Democrats urge EPA to 'promptly' allow California to set its own vehicle pollution standards The Hill's Morning Report - Pelosi considers adding GOP voices to Jan. 6 panel Mercedes-Benz going all-electric by 2025 MORE (D-Mich.) also introduced a House version of the legislation Tuesday.

“Americans should be able to trust that the products they are applying to their hair or skin are safe. To help protect people from further exposure to PFAS, our bill would require the FDA to ban the addition of PFAS to cosmetics products,” Collins said in a statement.

Read more here.

 

URANIUM ON THE CRANIUM: Biden administration eyes step toward Trump-era proposal for uranium reserve

The Biden administration will take a step toward establishing a reserve for uranium, a proposal pushed by the prior Trump administration that could boost mining of the mineral as well as nuclear energy potential.

Testifying before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on Tuesday, Energy Secretary Jennifer GranholmJennifer GranholmEnergy chief touts electric vehicle funding in Senate plan OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Western wildfires prompt evacuations in California, Oregon| House passes bill requiring EPA to regulate 'forever chemicals' in drinking water | Granholm announces new building energy codes Granholm announces new building energy codes MORE said her department would take a step this month toward establishing the reserve.

“We’re about to issue a request for information [RFI] regarding establishing a reserve,” Granholm said. “We are, I think this month, issuing an RFI on that.”

Late last year, Congress provided money to establish the strategic reserve, which would buy U.S.-mined uranium from domestic producers, as one of many provisions in a major government funding bill.

Read more about the step toward the reserve here.

 

NOM NOM NOM: Updates on Biden nominees, including a former Interior Secretary who will be Ambassador to Mexico

  • Freedhoff: Late Monday, the Senate confirmed Michal Freedhoff to be the EPA’s assistant administrator for toxic substances by a voice vote.

 

ON TAP TOMORROW:

 

WHAT WE’RE READING:

The Louisiana gas industry’s answer to lax safety enforcement? Loosen it more, The Guardian and Louisiana Illuminator report

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Feds identify a long list of birds that need TLC, E&E News reports

San Francisco nearing vote to drastically cut refinery pollution with new tech, Reuters reports

New Israeli environment, energy ministers vow to act on climate crisis, the Times of Israel reports

 

ICYMI: Stories from Tuesday…

US, EU pledge to work together on climate amid reported dissension on coal

Biden nominates Ken Salazar as ambassador to Mexico

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Youth climate activists march outside California homes of Pelosi and Feinstein

Bipartisan lawmakers introduce bill to ban 'forever chemicals' in cosmetics as study finds them prevalent

Biden administration eyes step toward Trump-era proposal for uranium reserve

Two more Democrats signal opposition to bipartisan infrastructure deal

 

OFF BEAT AND (SOMEWHAT) OFF-BEAT: Water mistake.