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U.S. Capitol with flag
Federal Register - August 2016
A list of notices from the federal register for August 2016 from agencies including the Department of the Interior, Department of Energy, USGS, NOAA, NASA, and more.
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Salt marsh near Pescadero, California
Happy 100th Birthday to the National Park Service!
Date: Thursday, August 25, 2016
The National Park Service celebrated its centennial on August 25, 2016.
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Atlantic waves
UNESCO and IUCN issue report calling for the creation of oceanic World Heritage Sites
Date: Friday, August 5, 2016
The United National Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Centre and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) are calling for the creation of the first oceanic World Heritage Sites.
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Hazards fire houses
Wildfire funding issue may be solved in energy conference
Date: Monday, August 15, 2016
Senators Mike Crapo (R-ID), Jim Risch (R-ID), and Ron Wyden (D-OR) spoke optimistically that a House-Senate conference committee can work to resolve differences on the North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act of 2016 (S. 2012 & H.R. 8).
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NASA hurricane satellite image
NOAA launches new computer model for flood forecasting
Date: Tuesday, August 16, 2016
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently launched its National Water Model (NWM), a new hydrologic model that the agency claims will yield the “biggest improvement in flood forecasting the country has ever seen.”
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Drilling rig
EPA Science Advisory Board concerned over hydraulic fracturing conclusions
Date: Thursday, August 11, 2016
The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) released its final report assessing EPA’s recent study of potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas on drinking water resources.
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The Noble John Sandifer jackup rig
Thirteen states sue over EPA methane rule
Date: Thursday, August 11, 2016
Thirteen states have sued the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over three new updates to the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) under the President’s Climate Action Plan: Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions and the Clean Air Act.
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Natural gas pump
BLM, industry, and interest groups spar over public land lease sales
Date: Friday, August 12, 2016
The Western Energy Alliance (WEA) filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for New Mexico to challenge the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for not holding quarterly oil and gas lease sales.
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The White House
President Obama appoints new official to Arctic post
Date: Friday, August 5, 2016
President Barack Obama announced his intent to appoint Dr. Jackie Richter-Menge to the United States Arctic Research Commission (USARC).
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Excavator mining
Interior Department recommends states move away from self-bonding
Date: Tuesday, August 9, 2016
The Department of the Interior’s (DOI) Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) has issued guidance suggesting that states move away from self-bonding, or the act of putting aside cash, bonds, or other securities for mining reclamation using their current financial health as collateral.
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