EPA’s 2016 agenda focused on methane, carbon emissions

By Devin Henry, The Hill.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy will go to Ottawa this week for discussions on U.S.-Canadian climate change strategies, one of the many issues on the EPA’s to-do list between now and the end of the Obama administration. 

McCarthy outlined her agenda during a meeting with reporters Tuesday, focusing on implementing existing Obama-era regulations, finalizing others and expanding her focus on international issues before Obama leaves office in January. 

The EPA is set to finalize a rule on methane leaks from new oil and gas drilling sites "this spring," McCarthy said. The agency proposed the rule last summer as part of Obama's goal to slash methane emissions by up to 45 percent from 2012 levels over the next decade.