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Overnight Energy & Environment — Biden officials announce clean energy plans

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Today we look forward to the latest Biden administration’s clean energy actions, the Environmental Protection Agency’s assessment of the largest source of airborne lead, and the Department of Homeland Security seeking climate expertise.

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Officials make plans to promote clean energy

The Biden administration is announcing steps Wednesday to promote clean energy — notably through offshore wind, renewable energy on public lands, and upgrade the electric grid.

Its latest moves come as the Biden administration seeks to advance clean energy deployment to achieve its climate goals — and as legislation that would help implement climate action faces uncertainty in Congress.

In the face of offshore winds, management announced Wednesday that it will hold a lease sale in New York Bay — off the coast of New York and New Jersey.

How many can they be born? This lease could result in the generation of up to 7 gigawatts of clean energy, enough to power two million homes, according to the White House fact sheet.

The sale will offer six commercial lease areas, which management says are the most extensive ever, spanning 488,201 acres.

A senior administration official told reporters that the department will include restrictions preventing a single company from bidding on multiple leases to ensure there is “broad” participation.

What then? Interior Minister Deep HaalandDeep Haaland Interior: The United States has twice as many abandoned oil and gas wells as previously thought. Biden administration advances two major solar projects in California, Nevada apologizes for state role in indigenous schools More He told reporters in a press call on Wednesday that the department expects to defer up to six more offshore wind lease sales by 2025.

the Announced sale Wednesday will be held on February 23.

The department also announced a new partnership with New York and New Jersey where they will work together to improve regional supply chains and help disadvantaged communities.

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The Environmental Protection Agency’s assessment of the health effects of leaded fuels

A 2016 report by the Environmental Protection Agency indicated that aircraft with piston engines are the largest airborne source of lead exposure. Leaded fuel from other sources was phased out in 1996 under the Clean Air Act, but it remains the only usable fuel for piston-engined aircraft, of which about 170,000 are currently in the air. According to the National Academies of Sciences. Overall exposure to airborne lead in the United States has decreased by 99 percent since 1980.

So what will happen next? The agency will release a formal proposal for public comment in 2022 before defining final action next year, according to the EPA.

“The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been investigating the air quality impact of lead emissions from piston-engine aircraft near airports for years, and we are now in the process of applying this information to determine whether this pollution threatens human health and well-being,” an EPA official Michael Reaganmichael.regan .1216Michael Reagan Biden administration calls on agencies to better guard against political influence on science, energy and environment – Youngkin Names EPA Chief Trump Youngkin to Nominate Former Trump EPA Administrator Wheeler to Virginia Cabinet More He said in a statement.

Lead exposure from piston-engine aircraft is a particular problem for communities near airports serving such aircraft. a EPA Report 2020 He noted that more than 5 million people live within 500 meters of the runways of these airports, and that more than 160,000 children attend schools in the same range. Lead exposure and poisoning have been highlighted as an environmental sanitation issue in recent years, particularly after water supplies in Flint, Michigan were contaminated with lead after officials changed its source from Lake Michigan to the Flint River.

Read more about the EPA process here.

Department of Homeland Security to Recruit Climate Change Professionals

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced Wednesday that it will develop a new program to hire experts focused on climate change.

The Climate Change Specialists program seeks to attract new graduates and current federal employees to work with the Department of Homeland Security on climate-related goals, According to a press release from the section.

Minister of Homeland Security Alejandro Mallorcasmayorkasalejandro 11242020gettyAlejandro MayorkasHillicon Valley Progressives lobby Google for Night Defense and National Security Sailors prevail in vaccine mandate challenge Homeland Security Secretary: US sees growing link between disinformation and domestic extremism More He said the program would be “helpful in helping management adapt to our changing climate by providing practical experience and guidance to young professionals interested in climate adaptation and resilience.”

He added, “This program will develop the next generation of climate experts, improve climate literacy across the ministry, and help us implement our climate action plan to remain resilient while minimizing our environmental impacts.”

The program is intended to run for two years and provides opportunities to contribute to programs that have “the potential to provide significant assistance to DHS in adapting to climate change and improving resilience.”

As DHS grapples with various security issues, environmental concerns are expected to play an important role in the future, particularly with regard to climate-related immigration.

Read more about the program here.

Capitol Hill

The Environment and Public Works committees put forward nominations of Martha Williams to lead the Fish and Wildlife Service and Henry Christopher Fry to lead the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Research and Development by 16-4 and 11-9 votes, respectively.

  • Assistant Secretary of the Army Civil Works Michael Connor reiterated that he hopes to see a “permanent” base as the administration seeks to increase water protections that have been undone under the Trump administration. Speaking before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Connor also noted that the administration may have to “reconsider” some of its existing water permits. “I think there are some legal risks that might exist, not because the Corps of Engineers is going to assess the legal risks, but I think the committees are looking into that,” he said, saying that in light of Court decision Who threw Trump’s base. He added that he believed the agency believed the permits issued under Trump’s rules were valid, but said they might override previous decisions “in consultation” with committees that want to reduce “legal risks.”
  • western assembly chair Dan Newhousenewhousedan 093015cl leadDaniel (Dan) Milton Newhouse Washington redistricting committee reaches overdue agreement on new lines Maintaining navigable water rule to make homes more expensive Biden administration frustrates over Canada More (R-Wash.) Evoking clean energy as he called for more local mining. “If we’re serious about the future of clean energy, and I think we can all agree that we are, we need local sources of these important minerals,” Newhouse said during a call with reporters. On the call, Republicans privately raised the objections of the Biden administration in October Transfer The proposed Twin Metals copper-nickel mine in Minnesota has stopped.

what we read

  • Biden weighs cuts to 2022 ethanol blends (Reuters)
  • Navy agrees to comply with Hawaii’s order to discharge Red Hill fuel facility (Honolulu Civil House)
  • A 300,000-gallon pipeline of fuel spilled near New Orleans last month, records show (Watchman)
  • The Environmental Protection Agency ramps up pressure on government pollution loopholes (E&E News)

And finally, there’s an anomaly and irregularity: warning

That’s it for today, thanks for reading. Check out The Hill’s Energy and Environment page For the latest news and coverage. We’ll see you on Thursday.

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