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Nuclear power plant, Czech Republic
New House and Senate bills would advance nuclear energy technology
Date: Friday, April 29, 2016
Two new bipartisan bills have been introduced in both chambers of Congress in an effort to expand the use of nuclear energy.
Document Type: News Brief


Capitol at night
FAA reauthorization allows for UAVs to help monitor oil and gas facilities
Date: Tuesday, April 19, 2016
The Senate has approved an amendment to streamline the permitting process for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
Document Type: News Brief


IES Water Glyph
AWRA releases second volume of report on flood and drought management in the United States
Date: Thursday, April 21, 2016
The American Water Resources Association (AWRA) Policy Committee released the second volume of their report, “Proactive Flood and Drought Management”.
Document Type: News Brief


Atlean Lake in British Columbia.
LWCF reauthorization passes the Senate
Date: Thursday, April 21, 2016
On Wednesday, the Senate voted to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) within bipartisan energy reform legislation (S. 2012) sponsored by Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski (R-AK).
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U.S. Capitol
Bipartisan energy bill passes Senate, includes provisions for minerals and data preservation
Date: Wednesday, April 20, 2016
The Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015 (S. 2012) passed the Senate with overwhelming support on April 20.
Document Type: News Brief


Natural gas pump
BLM proposed venting and flaring rule spurs debate in Senate subcommittee hearing
Date: Thursday, April 14, 2016
The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining held an oversight hearing on the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) proposed rule to reduce venting, flaring, and leaks during oil and gas production on Federal and Indian lands.
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EESI holds webinar on adaptations to the declining coal industry in coal-impacted communities
Date: Tuesday, April 5, 2016
The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) held a webinar entitled, "Can Coal Country Thrive in a Clean Energy Economy?" to discuss the range of adaptations, investments, and development programs underway in coal-reliant regions.
Document Type: News Brief


U.S. Capitol with flag
Federal Register - March 2016
Date: Friday, April 1, 2016
A list of notices from the federal register for March 2016 from agencies including the Department of the Interior, USGS, NOAA, NASA, and more.


U.S. Capitol
Senate committee discusses presidential natural resource mitigation policy
Date: Wednesday, March 16, 2016
The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held a hearing this week to discuss a memorandum released in November 2015 by President Obama, detailing his proposed policies for mitigating the environmental impacts of natural resource development.
Document Type: News Brief


Galaxy NGC 3310
House Space Subcommittee discusses NASA FY17 budget
Date: Thursday, March 17, 2016
In a hearing hosted by the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, Subcommittee on Space, Chairman Brian Babin (R-TX) lead a discussion of the fiscal year 2017 (FY 2017) Presidential Budget Request for NASA.
Document Type: News Brief



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