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Jeremiah Bernau

Jeremiah actively worked with federal agencies and congress to represent the geoscience community and promote sound public policy in Washington, D.C. He also managed the Geoscience Policy program’s social media presence and writes policy updates. Jeremiah is pursuing a Master of Science degree in Evaporite Sedimentology at West Virginia University, and also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Earth Science with a minor in Geography from Vassar College. Jeremiah’s graduate research uses salt deposits to determine environmental conditions in the Neoproterozoic Era. He also has prior experience working in environmental consulting and in natural gas development.

Wildfires emerging as a hot topic on the Hill

Hazards fire houses

As the U.S. endures another fire season, legislators on the Hill are seeking to address some of the challenges associated with managing wildland fires on federal land. A hearing held by the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on August 3 tackled the complex challenges in reducing wildland fire risk, focusing primarily on wildfire management programs and technologies.

Senate confirms Federal Energy Regulatory Commission nominees

House chamber

The Senate confirmed two new members for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on August 3. Neil Chatterjee, former aide to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and Robert Powelson from the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission have joined Commissioner Cheryl LaFleur, bringing the number of empty FERC seats down to two.

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