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Nuclear power plant, Czech Republic
Webinar explores proposed nuclear waste storage solutions
Date: Tuesday, July 26, 2016
The Council of State Governments’ (CGS) Southern and Midwestern Legislative Conferences hosted a webinar to explore nuclear waste storage solutions.
Document Type: News Brief

 

Mount St. Helens
Briefing highlights role of geoscience in reducing lahar hazards
Date: Tuesday, July 12, 2016
The Hazards Caucus Alliance, a network of organizations that promotes nationwide natural disaster resilience, held a briefing to highlight the role that science plays in protecting communities that are vulnerable to lahars.
Document Type: News Brief

 

Nuclear power plant, Czech Republic
Hearing addresses the future of the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste site
Date: Thursday, July 7, 2016
The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy held a hearing led by Subcommittee Chairman John Shimkus (R-IL) and Subcommittee Ranking Member Paul Tonko (D-NY) to gather information in order to move forward with federal licensing of a nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain, Nevada.
Document Type: News Brief

 

Ice Fields Parkway, Alberta, Canada
Hearing calls for investment in Coast Guard capabilities in the Arctic
Date: Tuesday, July 12, 2016
The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee held a hearing on the Coast Guard’s Arctic capabilities led by Chairman Duncan Hunter (R-CA) and Ranking Member John Garamendi (D-CA).
Document Type: News Brief

 

The Noble John Sandifer jackup rig
Interior Department may move offshore oil and gas lease sales online
Date: Wednesday, July 6, 2016
The House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held a hearing on the Innovation in Offshore Leasing Act (H.R. 5577).
Document Type: News Brief

 

Atlean Lake in British Columbia
Solving western water supply problems remains an ongoing debate
Date: Tuesday, July 12, 2016
The House Water, Power, and Oceans Subcommittee met to discuss conflicting proposals between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) on water release from the Shasta Dam.
Document Type: News Brief

 

Bingham Copper Mine
Hearing to revise Superfund implementation for first time since enactment
Date: Wednesday, July 13, 2016
The House Environment and the Economy Subcommittee held a hearing to examine implementation of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), commonly known as Superfund.
Document Type: News Brief

 

NASA hurricane satellite image
House Science Committee hearing focuses on NOAA and DOD satellites
Date: Thursday, July 7, 2016
The House Committee on Science, Space, & Technology held a hearing to discuss the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Department of Defense’s (DOD) current and future satellite missions.
Document Type: News Brief

 

Nuclear power plant, Czech Republic
House Natural Resources panel considers renewable energy on public lands
Date: Wednesday, July 13, 2016
The House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held a hearing to discuss the Public Land Renewable Energy Development Act (H.R.2663), a bipartisan bill with 67 cosponsors that was introduced by Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) in 2015.
Document Type: News Brief

 

Bingham Copper Mine
House approves bill to help clean up abandoned mines
Date: Thursday, July 7, 2016
With supermajority approval, the House Chamber passed the Bureau of Land Management Foundation Act (H.R. 3844) to address the issue of acid mine drainage from an estimated 500,000 abandoned mine operations in the U.S.
Document Type: News Brief

 

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