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Capitol at night
Federal Register - March 2015
A list of notices from the federal register for March 2015 from agencies including the Department of the Interior, EPA, FEMA, USGS and more.
Document Type: News Brief


Icebergs in Greeland
United States Arctic opportunities hearing
Date: Thursday, March 5, 2015
Document Type: Hearing Summary


U.S. Capitol
Full committee hearing - Department of the Interior's FY 2016 budget
Date: Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Document Type: Hearing Summary


IES Materials and Minerals Glyph
Senator Murkowski introduces mineral security bill
Date: Thursday, March 26, 2015
Senator Lisa Murkowski introduced The American Mineral Security Act of 2015, a bill supporting the development of domestic supplies of critical minerals, as well as the infrastructure to support research and education
Document Type: News Brief


Hazards fire houses
Western Governors voice support for Wildfire Disaster Funding Act
Date: Thursday, March 19, 2015
The Western Governors’ Association sent a letter to Congress expressing their support for two wildfire-related bills.
Document Type: News Brief


Drilling rig
BLM introduces hydraulic fracturing regulations
Date: Thursday, March 19, 2015
The Obama Administration and Bureau of Land Management introduced new regulations on hydraulic fracturing on federally-managed land.
Document Type: News Brief


U.S. Capitol
Shaheen-Portman energy efficiency bill passes Senate
Date: Friday, March 27, 2015
The Senate passed Senators Rob Portman and Jeanne Shaheen’s Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2015 as part of the Senate "vote-a-rama"
Document Type: News Brief


U.S. Capitol
Senate budget would change energy efficiency scoring
Date: Friday, March 20, 2015
The Senate FY 2016 budget includes changes to the criteria for how the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) determines the impact of energy efficiency on the federal budget.
Document Type: News Brief


NASA hurricane satellite image
NOAA weather bill passes House Science, Space, and Technology Committee
Date: Wednesday, March 25, 2015
The House Science, Space, and Technology Committee passed the Weather Research and Forecast Innovation Act of 2015.
Document Type: News Brief



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