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Federal Register - March 2017
A list of notices from the federal register for March 2017 from agencies including the Department of the Interior, Department of Energy, USGS, NOAA, NASA, and more.

 

Atlean Lake in British Columbia
Bill introduced to help at-risk water systems
Date: Thursday, March 16, 2017
Representative Scott Peters (D-CA-52) introduced the Secure and Resilient Water Systems Act (H.R.1579) on March 16.
Document Type: News Brief

 

U.S. Capitol
Senate hearing examines U.S. reliance on foreign sources of minerals
Date: Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Industry and agency experts examined the United States’ increasing dependence on foreign sources of minerals on March 28.
Document Type: News Brief

 

Excavator mining
Domestic supply of critical materials would be boosted by new bill
Date: Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Representative Duncan Hunter (R-CA-50) introduced the "Materials Essential to American Leadership and Security (METALS) Act" (H.R.1407) to ensure the U.S. has access to a sustainable and secure supply of materials to safeguard our national security on March 7.
Document Type: News Brief

 

Mount Saint Helens
Bills introduced to permanently authorize Land and Water Conservation Fund
Date: Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Two bills introduced in the Senate and House would permanently authorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
Document Type: News Brief

 

U.S. Capitol
Soda ash producers may receive royalty cut
Date: Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Soda ash, also known as sodium carbonate, which is used in products such as glass, detergent, and other industrial goods, may receive a royalty cut.
Document Type: News Brief

 

Hazards fire houses
Workshop on wildfire management highlights areas for improvement
Date: Monday, March 27, 2017
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine held a workshop on long-term approaches for wildfire management on March 27.
Document Type: News Brief

 

Cracked road from earthquake
Bill introduced to prepare northwest for next earthquake
Date: Monday, March 27, 2017
The Pacific Northwest Earthquake Preparedness Act (H.R.654) moved a step closer to becoming law when the bill passed the House on March 27.
Document Type: News Brief

 

landslide
Senate and House introduce landslide bills to promote research and save lives
Date: Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) introduced the bipartisan National Landslide Preparation Act (S.698) on March 22.
Document Type: News Brief

 

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House passes bills to change EPA science methods
Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2017
On March 8, two members of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee introduced bills addressing scientific research and review practices at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Document Type: News Brief

 

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