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Drilling rig
The Energy Policy Modernization Act heads to the Senate floor
Date: Friday, January 29, 2016
Last week the Senate began debate on the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015, the first major package of energy legislation considered in Congress since 2005.


Natural gas pump
BLM proposes methane reform to 30-year-old oil and gas regulations
Date: Friday, January 22, 2016
The Bureau of Land Management is proposing an update to the 30-year-old regulations for oil and gas operations on federal and Native American lands.
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Cracked road from earthquake
Oklahoma calls for a reduction in wastewater injection
Date: Thursday, January 14, 2016
Oklahoma experienced a 50 percent increase in earthquakes magnitude-3 or greater last year—up from 585 in 2014 to 881 in 2015.
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Nuclear power plant, Czech Republic
DOE will work to craft a strategy to dispose of nuclear waste in 2016
Date: Monday, January 11, 2016
The Department of Energy (DOE) is launching an initiative to find a long-term solution for dealing with U.S. radioactive waste and spent nuclear fuel.
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Growth rings on rocks tell about North America’s climate past
Date: Monday, January 11, 2016
According to a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences this January, growth rings on rocks may tell us about weather patterns from thousands of years ago.
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Nuclear power plant, Czech Republic
House Science Committee marks up civilian nuclear energy bill
Date: Tuesday, January 12, 2016
The House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology has voted to approve the Nuclear Energy Innovation Capabilities Act (H.R. 4084), legislation aimed at increasing nuclear research within the Department of Energy (DOE).
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Bingham Copper Mine
Abandoned Mine Reclamation Safety Act seeks to prevent pollution, increase worker safety
Date: Thursday, January 7, 2016
Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) has introduced a bill that would direct the Department of the Interior (DOI) to create environmentally responsible regulations for reopening abandoned mines.
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Salt marsh near Pescadero, California
House passes bill blocking controversial stream rule
Date: Wednesday, January 13, 2016
On January 13, the House passed H.R. 1644, legislation blocking the implementation of the controversial Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement’s (OSMRE) Stream Protection Rule.
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IES Water Glyph
Science Advisory Board questions EPA hydraulic fracturing report
Date: Friday, January 8, 2016
In response to an EPA study on hydraulic fracturing, the agency’s Science Advisory Board (SAB), which provides independent scientific advice to the EPA, has submitted a critical draft letter expressing their concerns with the report’s findings.
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U.S. Capitol with flag
Federal Register - December 2015
Date: Friday, January 1, 2016
A list of notices from the federal register for December 2015 from agencies including the Department of the Interior, USGS, NOAA, NASA, and more.
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