Biobased and Renewable Products News: Capitol Hill

July 11, 2013
House Energy And Commerce Committee Holds Second Hearing On TSCA Reform
On Thursday, July 11, 2013, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on the Environment and Economy convened its second hearing on reform of TSCA. This second "Hearing on Regulation of New Chemicals, Protection of Confidential Business Information, and Innovation" focused on exploring the "regulatory implementation and 'real world' implications of TSCA Section 5, requirements concerning the manufacture and processing of new chemicals, and TSCA Section 14, limiting public disclosure of data submitted to EPA on existing and new chemical substances and ... read more >
July 11, 2013
Senate Likely To Vote On McCarthy Nomination Next Week
On Thursday, July 11, 2013, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) filed cloture to end debate on seven outstanding Administration nominees, including that of Gina McCarthy to be the next Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This means that McCarthy's nomination could come up for a vote as early as Tuesday of next week. Majority Leader Reid met with the Senate Democratic Caucus on Thursday to discuss the best approach to bring up the nomination. In May, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, led by Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), passed ... read more >
June 27, 2013
House Rejects Farm Bill, Path Forward Uncertain
As noted last week, on Thursday, June 20, 2013, many were surprised that the U.S. House of Representatives voted 195-234 to reject H.R. 1947, its version of the next five-year Farm Bill, which authorizes farm subsidy, conservation, rural energy, and nutrition programs. The House considered the legislation recently passed by the House Agriculture Committee, along with about 100 amendments that were made in order by the House Rules Committee. The Senate recently passed its version of the next Farm Bill, S. 954, the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2013. S. 954 contains a strong ... read more >
June 27, 2013
House Energy And Commerce Hearings On RFS
On Wednesday, June 26, 2013, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power held a hearing on "Overview of the Renewable Fuel Standard: Government Perspectives." Three government witnesses testified at the hearing: Adam Sieminski, Administrator, U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA); Joseph Glauber, Chief Economist, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA); and Christopher Grundler, Director, Office of Transportation and Air Quality, Office of Air and Radiation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). A link to the official website on the hearing, which ... read more >
June 27, 2013
Boxer Remarks On TSCA
Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Chair Barbara Boxer (D-CA) recently made public remarks indicating her intent to move forward with efforts to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA). She has stated that she will hold a hearing on TSCA reform on July 31, 2013, and will focus on reaching consensus between S. 1009, the Chemical Safety Improvement Act of 2013, introduced in May by Senators David Vitter (R-LA) and the late Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), and S. 696, the Safe Chemicals Act of 2013, introduced by Senator Lautenberg in April. As we have reported, among ... read more >
June 13, 2013
Senate Continues Consideration Of Farm Bill Legislation
On Monday, June 10, 2013, the U.S. Senate passed its version of the next five-year Farm Bill reauthorization legislation, S. 954, the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2013 (S. 954 or Farm Bill). The Senate retained the energy title as passed on May 14, 2013, by the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. It includes $900 million in mandatory funding for rural energy programs that will support and encourage the continued development and commercialization of biofuels and renewable chemicals. It is supported by organizations representing the traditional and advanced ... read more >
June 13, 2013
House Subcommittee Hearing On Title I Of TSCA
On Thursday, June 13, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on the Environment and Economy held a hearing on Title I of the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Witness testimony and an archived webcast of the hearing are available online. Witnesses included Kathleen M. Roberts, Vice President of B&C® Consortia Management, L.L.C. (BCCM), an affiliate of Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (BCCM manages the Biobased Products Advocacy Consortium (B2PAC) and Charles M. Auer of Charles Auer & Associates, LLC, also an affiliate of Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. Other witnesses ... read more >
June 6, 2013
Senate Continues Consideration Of Farm Bill Legislation
On May 31, 2013, the U.S. Senate continued consideration of its version of the next five-year Farm Bill reauthorization legislation, S. 954, the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2013 (S. 954 or the Farm Bill). As we have reported, on May 14, 2013, the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry (Senate Agriculture Committee), led by Chair Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), marked-up and passed S. 954 by a vote of 15-5. The legislation includes significant support for renewable energy. As amended by the Senate Agriculture Committee, it includes an energy title with $900 ... read more >
June 6, 2013
TSCA Reform Legislation
The death of Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) earlier this week could affect the speed with which the bi-partisan Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reform legislation, S.1009, that he recently introduced with Senator David Vitter (R-LA) moves forward. Though Senator Lautenberg had championed efforts to reform the 1976 TSCA for more than a decade, passage of S.1009 has been seen as more promising given its bipartisan sponsorship. Critics of the bill have expressed concerns about the bill's noticeable absence of deadlines and funding provisions, as well as its provisions allowing the bill ... read more >
May 30, 2013
Senate May Vote On McCarthy Nomination This Summer
While Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) continues his hold on Gina McCarthy's nomination to lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has stated publicly that he intends to force full Senate consideration of her nomination as early as the week after the July Fourth recess. As we have reported, on May 16, 2013, the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works approved McCarthy's nomination by a 10-8 vote along party lines. Senator Blunt has placed a hold on the nomination until he is satisfied that the Obama Administration will move ... read more >
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