In the news today…
- The Hill reports that House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said he would work with committees to investigate the federal government’s response to the recent Maui wildfires that killed at least 115 people and left 850 people missing. President Joe Biden visited Maui earlier this week and approved a federal disaster declaration for the island, along with deploying several hundred Federal Emergency Management Agency personnel.
- Associated Press reports that a deadly heat wave blankets the central U.S. from Texas to Minnesota, threatening power grids and other infrastructure.
- Argus reports power grid operators across the US midcontinent have issued several reliability-related advisories this week as above-average average temperatures blanket the region.
- Inside EPA reports environmentalists, frustrated by EPA’s recent decision to drop its reconsideration of Trump-era federal ozone standards in favor of a time-consuming statutory review, face an “uphill battle” to speed up the process, as their legal options may be limited at this stage, one informed environmental attorney says.