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IES Water Glyph
House passes bill blocking proposed changes to Clean Water Act
On September 9, a majority of House Republicans united with 35 Democrats to successfully pass H.R. 5078, a bill blocking the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed changes to the Clean Water Act (CWA).
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NASA calls on citizen scientists to help with mission to Mars
On September 20, NASA announced the Mars Balance Mass Challenge, a new contest seeking design ideas for spacecraft payloads entering the atmosphere on Mars.
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Earth
NASA announces contracts to transport American astronauts to the ISS
On September 23, NASA announced that they have contracted two private companies, Boeing and SpaceX, to transport American astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS).

 

Bingham Copper Mine
House holds contentious hearing on Clean Power Plan
On September 17, the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology held another hearing to discuss the Obama Administration’s Climate Action Plan.
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U.S. Capitol
Federal Register - August 2014
A list of notices from the federal register for August 2014 from agencies including the Department of the Interior, EPA, FEMA, USGS and more.
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Bipartisan House bill would improve tsunami forecasting and preparedness in U.S.
Date: Thursday, July 31, 2014
Before the August recess, a bipartisan coalition of members from the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology released the Tsunami Warning, Education, and Research Act of 2014 (H.R. 5309), a bill which would reauthorize the Tsunami Warning and Education Act of 2006. The bill is intended to enhance coordination among coastal states to improve tsunami research and mitigation.
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The White House
EPA announces new acting officials while appointees await confirmation
Date: Thursday, August 7, 2014
On August 7, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy announced the names of several new acting officials to fill vacancies in the agency’s administration. President Obama has nominated six officials, but the positions remain open while these individuals await hearings in the slow confirmation process.
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Montana senator introduces legislation to fund CCS projects
Date: Friday, August 1, 2014
Senator John Walsh (D-MT) introduced legislation on August 1 that calls for funding of CCS units across the country and follows recent regulations issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that mandate a reduction in carbon emissions.
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IES Water Glyph
Western Democrats introduce water bill to address drought crisis
Date: Thursday, July 31, 2014
On July 31, a group of Democrats from Western states introduced the Water in the 21st Century Act, which includes a number of programs intent on conserving and managing diminishing water supplies in drought-stricken states.
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U.S. Capitol
Senate committee passes bill restricting agency conference travel
Date: Wednesday, July 30, 2014
The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee approved the Conference Accountability Act of 2014 to limit the travel of federal employees to conferences.
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