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Whether we have a strong winter impacts many things.  From our road conditions driving to work, the extent of demand for home heating fuels, how our livestock will fair, and our ski season (including vital tourist revenue that results from ski season), predicting the degree of the intensity of the winter season can be important.
But this year it looks like it could be anyone’s guess…some degree of certainty would be nice, as it can have a major impact on energy forecasts as well.  For example, natural gas and propane demand. More on Energy Outlooks  Here >
 
 
 
On October 17, 2019, the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology unanimously approved the Sustainable Chemistry Research and Development Act (H.R. 2051), a companion bill to legislation introduced in the Senate by Senators Chris Coons (D-DE), Susan Collins (R-ME), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV).  Representative Dan Lipinski (D-IL) introduced the House bill on April 3, 2019.  It is co-sponsored by Representative John Moolenaar (R-MI).  The bill is intended to improve coordination of federal activities, including research and development of more sustainable chemicals, processes, and systems by establishing a coordinating entity under the National Science and Technology Council within the Office of Science and Technology Policy.   More on Sustainable Chemistry Research and Development Here >
 
 
 
On October 10, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its long-awaited proposed revisions to the Lead and Copper Rule—the first major revision since the rule was promulgated in 1991. The proposal maintains the current lead “action level” of 15 parts per billion (ppb) and “maximum contaminant level” goal of zero but includes a variety of changes that could significantly impact water systems across the nation.  More on EPA Revisions to Lead and Copper Rule Here >
 
 
 
In August, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), the branch of the Department of the Interior tasked with managing energy development on the outer continental shelf, changed its course on the permitting schedule for the Vineyard Wind project. What had been a smooth, thorough, and predictable process came to an abrupt halt when BOEM “determined that a greater build-out of offshore wind capacity is more reasonably foreseeable than was analyzed in the initial draft EIS [environmental impact statement],” and therefore “decided to supplement the Draft EIS and solicit comments on its revised cumulative impacts analysis.” Rampant speculation followed and the future process for approval of offshore wind projects seems unclear. So, what changed?  More on Offshore Wind Here >
 
 
 
 
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