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NSF budget hearing for FY 2018
Date: Wednesday, June 7, 2017
On June 7, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies held a hearing to discuss the President’s fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget request for the National Science Foundation (NSF).
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The White House
DOI is conducting a review of 27 national monuments
Date: Thursday, May 11, 2017
As directed by the President’s Executive Order 13792, the Department of the Interior (DOI) is conducting a review of certain national monuments designated or expanded since 1996 under the Antiquities Act.
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Earth
Space Weather Research and Forecasting Act passes the Senate
Date: Tuesday, May 2, 2017
The Senate passed the Space Weather Research and Forecasting Act (S.141) on May 2 to develop an integrated strategy for the coordination of federal government activities to improve the nation’s ability to prepare for, mitigate, and respond to the impacts of space weather events.
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Badlands Topography, Drumheller
House Natural Resources Committee reviews long-standing federal land laws
Date: Wednesday, May 24, 2017
The House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing on May 24 to examine three major laws affecting the management of federal and tribal lands, as well as designated wilderness areas.
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Excavator mining
Good Samaritan cleanup bill receives positive feedback from committee
Date: Thursday, May 25, 2017
The House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held a legislative hearing on a discussion draft of the Community Reclamation Partnerships Act (H.R.__) to be introduced by Representative Darin LaHood (R-IL-18).
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DOE seeks public feedback on limiting regulatory costs
Date: Tuesday, May 30, 2017
The Department of Energy (DOE) requests public comments and information regarding the implementation of President Donald Trump’s Executive Order 13771, “Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs.”
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Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida Coast
Senator Rubio introduces bill to extend drilling suspension off Florida's coast
Date: Thursday, May 4, 2017
On May 4, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) introduced the Florida Shores Protection and Fairness Act (S.1041).
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Atlantic waves
DOI reconsiders seismic surveying in the Atlantic
Date: Monday, May 1, 2017
On May 10, the Department of the Interior (DOI) announced that it will reconsider applications from ocean seismic survey companies to carry out geological and geophysical activities off the Atlantic coast.
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Atlantic waves
Senate passes Digital Coast bill authorizing NOAA’s Digital Coast program
Date: Thursday, May 25, 2017
On May 25, the Senate passed the Digital Coast Act (S.110) to help coastal communities prepare for storms, adapt to rising sea levels, and strengthen economic planning efforts.
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Climate resolutions bill re-introduced in the House
Date: Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Representative John Delaney (D-MD-6) introduced the Climate Solutions Commission Act (H.R.2326), which aims to accelerate the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, on May 3.
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