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Amid speculation that the Nov. 3 elections could allow Democrats to re-take control of the White House and potentially the Senate, industry attorneys are preparing their clients for expected dramatic changes in federal environmental and climate change rules.

Expectations that Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) will take over as the top Republican next year on the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee that oversees EPA is prompting questions about how such a committee shuffle could affect environment policy.

The nuclear energy industry is raising broad legal, policy and procedural concerns over the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) proposal to relax disposal requirements for some radioactive waste, adding to obstacles the NRC could face in attempting to finalize a rule that environmentalists and states already oppose and that EPA says needs revisions.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Rep. Nanette Barragán (D-CA) are attacking and questioning efforts by Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) to impede the Golden State’s plan to phase out most uses of natural gas, including in homes and commercial buildings, charging the company’s tactics are unethical and possibly illegal.

Capitol Hill Democrats and former EPA officials are ramping up their criticism of the Trump administration’s environmental rollbacks in a bid to make them a liability for President Donald Trump just days ahead of the Nov. 3 election, while also seeking to lay the groundwork for undoing the policies if Trump is defeated.