- Washington Examiner reports EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler visited Montana on Friday, with a visit to a Superfund site, as well as meetings with stakeholders about its proposed coal plant regulation.
- New York Times reports in reconsidering a rule on mercury pollution from coal plants, the Trump administration could de-emphasize the value of life and health when evaluating environmental regulations. Legal experts say the review of a costly but effective coal-plant restriction is part of a broader strategy to rethink the way the E.P.A. calculates the benefits of its rules.
- E&E Greenwire reports Millennium Bulk Terminals sued Washington regulators again yesterday for denying key permits to a Columbia River project that has become a national political flashpoint.
- UtilityDive reports the Electric Reliability Council of Texas will have slightly lower capacity in the fall, in part due to the temporary shuttering of a 470 MW coal unit which officials plan to bring online when energy prices are higher.
- S&P Global Platts reports North American railroads have begun to invest in improving rail efficiency and better infrastructure due to in part to increased demand from coal.
- E&E News PM reports EPA has announced it will host a single public hearing on its proposed replacement for the CPP. The all-day hearing will be held Oct. 1 at the Ralph H. Metcalfe Federal Building in Chicago, the home of EPA’s Region 5 headquarters, according to a Federal Register notice published last week.
- InsideEPA reports environmentalists are dropping their early appeal of a district court order that blocked enforcement of the Obama administration’s Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction rule in 11 mostly southern states, signaling that they will not push to expand the list of 26 other states that are now subject to the revived rule after a judge scrapped EPA’s delay.
- Wall Street Journal reports California Democrats want to ban all fossil fuels from the state electrical grid, which progressives aim to export nationwide. California requires that 50% of power be generated from renewables such as solar and wind by 2030. Democrats recently passed legislation establishing a 100% requirement for 2045.
- The Hill reports a carbon tax backed by some big businesses and former Republican officials has the support of most voters, a survey commissioned by the Climate Leadership Council found. The group’s goal is to present a climate plan that Republicans can get behind, even if it can’t be enacted in the immediate future.
In other news:
- Argus reports mineral producers in Wyoming owe $55M in back taxes, according to a report released by a local conservation group as the state considers reviving legislation to address the issue. That figure has risen from $42mn owed to Wyoming counties at the beginning of the year, according to the Powder River Basin Resource Council. The report did not break down how much of that was owed by coal companies.