On June 27, in response to an executive order issued by President Trump in February, the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a proposed rule that will be the first step toward rescinding the agencies' 2015 final rule defining the "Waters of the United States" that are subject to federal jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act.
New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Aug. 1 that the New York Public Service Commission has approved a clean energy standard that will require 50 percent of the state's electricity to come from renewable energy sources such as wind and solar by 2030, and that also provides financial support for a group of upstate nuclear power plants.
A group of state attorneys general and other state-level officials on Aug. 1 asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to extend the comment period for a proposed rule tied to the agency's Clean Power Plan following the termination of a stay that the U.S. Supreme Court has placed on the CPP. They made the request in a letter to Gina McCarthy, the EPA administrator.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued an order Dec. 15 remanding the Environmental Protection Agency's Mercury and Air Toxic Standards proceedings back to the agency.
The Environmental Protection Agency on March 22 sent a revised justification for its Mercury and Air Toxic Standards — or MATS — rule to the federal Office of Management and Budget for its review and plans to release the final rule to the public by mid-April.
When it comes to efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the first priority should be to minimize cost impacts to customers and businesses, said Arlen Orchard, chief executive officer and general manager at the Sacramento Municipal Utility District in California, at a recent Department of Energy Quadrennial Energy Review meeting.