ARLINGTON, Va., Jan. 23, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Bloomberg Environment today issued its 2018 Environment and Energy Outlook, which explores developments surrounding climate change, air pollution, water, chemicals, waste, and energy. How the changing political landscape could shape action by the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Energy in the coming year as well as international environmental and energy policy are among the issues explored in this yearly publication.
A complimentary copy of the Outlook is available for download at http://on.bna.com/YFZd30hVTee.
"The Trump administration moved quickly in its first year to reverse course on Obama-era climate, air, and water rules," said Rachael Daigle, Bloomberg Environment news director. "In 2018, we'll watch to see whether the agency can defend its rollbacks in court and how the agency will propose to replace some of those policies. Domestically, we will closely follow developments on the Clean Power Plan, the Waters of the U.S. rule, and the continued implementation of the amended chemicals law. Internationally, we expect energy and climate to be issues to watch in 2018, as well as the coming EU deadlines for chemical manufacturers."
Highlights of the Outlook include:
Energy: The Department of Energy is shifting its international focus to promote fossil fuels and nuclear power, which could cause the U.S. to cede its leadership in global clean energy. Mexico will launch its clean energy certificate program for fossil fuel producers, South Korea is focusing on renewable energy, and Saudi Arabia is doubling down on renewables and aims to become "the world's leading and most reliable diversified supplier of energy."
Chemicals: Chemical manufacturers face a number of deadlines in 2018. In the U.S. the EPA must meet a number of deadlines to continue implementing changes to the nation's chemicals law, while in the Europe, chemical manufacturers face an important deadline to comply with the EU chemicals law.
Regulatory Policy: EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt will be forced to replace the Obama-era policies he's committed to eliminating. A federal court battle is looming for efforts to roll back the Clean Power Plan). Industry insiders and stakeholders are unsure any new initiatives or pending rulemakings will fit into the agency's 2018 agenda.
Environmental Litigation: According to environmental attorneys, the hottest issues this year are jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act, endangered pollinators, lead pipes, groundwater contamination, and the implementation of the amended chemicals law.
Water: The EPA is far from completing a years-long effort to lower the legal amount of lead that can be in drinking water, which has been delayed repeatedly since 2015. Exacerbating the issue, the EPA's Office of Water has been without a permanent head since 2014. GOP leaders on Capitol Hill responsible for overseeing water infrastructure are reluctant to pass legislation until they see the president's long-awaited infrastructure plan.
A Webinar exploring the issues covered in the Outlook takes place on Thursday, February 1, from noon to 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Bloomberg Environment assistant managing editor Patrick Ambrosio along with reporters Pat Rizzuto, Sylvia Carignan, and Rebecca Kern will participate. Complimentary registration is available at http://on.bna.com/4SUy30hXla5.
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