EPA’s McCarthy Makes Her Debut, Senate Considers NLRB Nominees, & Moniz Testifies

Tuesday in Washington

The Final Push…Until September: 

The House will be in session today and will begin consideration of H.R. 2610, the FY 2014 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill.  It will then move to consideration of a number of bills under suspension.  These include: H.R. 2094,the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine; H.R. 2754, the Collectible Coin Protection; and H.R. 1300, to amend the Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956 to reauthorize the volunteer programs and community partnerships for the benefit of national wildlife refuges.

The Senate will hold a cloture vote on the nomination of Kent Yoshiho Hirozawa to be a member of the National Labor Relations Board today.  This nomination will likely be followed  by the consideration of Nancy Schiffer andMark Gaston Pearce to the NLRB.  After completing work on the nominations, the Senate will move onto the Shaheen-Portman Energy Efficiency bill (S. 761).

Of particular interest today will be Gina McCarthy’s speech at Harvard.  This will be her first speaking engagement since being confirmed and many are looking to this speech as an indication of her likely approach and focus on issues moving forward.  Additionally, Secretary Moniz will be testifying before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee today on nuclear storage and disposal.

Other Items of Interest

DOI Releases Study on Economic Impact of Department Activities:  The Department of Interior announced the release of study showing that DOI’s activities contributed $371 billion to the U.S. economy in 2012, supporting 2.3 million jobs.  Energy produced from Interior lands in FY 2012 — which included 626 million barrels of crude oil, 5 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, and 460 million tons of coal — contributed $230 billion to the national economy and supported 1.2 million jobs.  The Bureau of Land Management and other Interior agencies approved the installation of 315 megawatts of wind capacity and 489 megawatts of solar power projects on public lands during the fiscal year. In addition, Bureau of Reclamation facilities produced 47.5 terawatt hours of hydropower in 2012. These renewable energy activities contributed $4.4 billion to the economy and supported 18,000 jobs.

Senator Murkowski Seeks Comments on Legislation Creating an Advance Energy Trust Fund:  Senator Murkowski (R-AK) released a discussion draft of legislation to establish an Advanced Energy Trust Fund, which would boost domestic energy research and be funded with revenues from energy production on federal lands that are currently off-limits to development. They are seeking public comments by Friday, Sept. 6, 2013.

Important Events and Hearings

Arctic Development:  Today at 9 AM at CSIS, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) will hold a discussion of a new report on, “The Benefits and Costs of Cold,” on the future of economic development in the American Arctic. Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell (R-AK) will lead the discussion. Additional information can be found on the CSIS website at:  http://www.csis.org.

ENR Markup:  Today at 10 AM in 366 Dirksen, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Public Lands, Forests and Mining Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the following pieces of legislation: S.37, to sustain the economic development and recreational use of National Forest System land and other public land in the State of Montana, to add certain land to the National Wilderness Preservation System, to release certain wilderness study areas, to designate new areas for recreation; S.343, to provide for the conveyance of certain Federal land in Clark County, Nevada, for the environmental remediation and reclamation of the Three Kids Mine Project Site; S.364, to establish the Rocky Mountain Front Conservation Management Area, to designate certain Federal land as wilderness, and to improve the management of noxious weeds in the Lewis and Clark National Forest; S.404, to preserve the Green Mountain Lookout in the Glacier Peak Wilderness of the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest; S.753, to provide for national security benefits for White Sands Missile Range and Fort Bliss; S.1169, to withdraw and reserve certain public land in the State of Montana for the Limestone Hills Training Area; S.1294, to designate as wilderness certain public land in the Cherokee National Forest in the State of Tennessee; S.1300, to amend the Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003 to provide for the conduct of stewardship end result contracting projects; S.1301, to provide for the restoration of forest landscapes, protection of old growth forests, and management of national forests in the eastside forests of the State of Oregon; S.1309, to withdraw and reserve certain public land under the jurisdiction of the Secretary of the Interior for military uses; H.R.507, to provide for the conveyance of certain land inholdings owned by the United States to the Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona; H.R.862, to authorize the conveyance of two small parcels of land within the boundaries of the Coconino National Forest containing private improvements that were developed based upon the reliance of the landowners in an erroneous survey conducted in May 1960; H.R.876, to authorize the continued use of certain water diversions located on National Forest System land in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness and the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness in the State of Idaho; H.R.993 and S.507, to provide for the conveyance of certain parcels of National Forest System land to the city of Fruit Heights, Utah.

Less Carbon, More Jobs:  Today at 10 AM, the Joint Center for Political and Economic Opportunity (JCPEO) will hold a discussion on “Less Carbon, More Jobs: How Tackling Climate Change Can Create Jobs & Expand Economic Opportunity.” Shamar Bibbins, director of national partnerships at Green For All; Dan Lashof, director of the Climate and Clean Air Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council; and Danielle Deane, director of the Energy and Environment Program at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, will participate in the discussion. Register at: http://www.jointcenter.org/node/3483/register.

Senate Commerce Committee Legislative Markup:  Today at 2:30 PM in 253 Russell, the Senate Commerce Committee will hold a full committee markup of the following bills:  S.134, to arrange for the National Academy of Sciences to study the impact of violent video games and violent video programming on children; S.Res.157, expressing the sense of the Senate that telephone service must be improved in rural areas of the United States and that no entity may unreasonably discriminate against telephone users in those areas; S.267, to prevent, deter, and eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing through port State measures; S.269, to establish uniform administrative and enforcement authorities for the enforcement of the High Seas Driftnet Fishing Moratorium Protection Act and similar statutes; S.376, to reauthorize the National Integrated Drought Information System; S.839, to reauthorize the Coral Reef Conservation Act of 2000; S.921, to amend chapter 301 of title 49, United States Code, to prohibit the rental of motor vehicles that contain a defect related to motor vehicle safety; S.1068, to reauthorize and amend the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer Corps Act of 2002; S.1072, to ensure that the Federal Aviation Administration advances the safety of small airplanes and the continued development of the general aviation industry; S.1144, to prohibit unauthorized third-party charges on wireline telephone bills; S.1254, to amend the Harmful Algal Blooms and Hypoxia Research and Control Act of 1998; S.1317, to authorize the programs of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for FY2014 through FY2016; S.1344, to promote research, monitoring, and observation of the Arctic; and original bill entitled “Cyber”; and votes on the nominations of Jannette Dates, Bruce Ramer, Brent Nelsen, Howard Husock and Loretta Sutliff all to be members of the Board of Directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting; Thomas Carper to be a director of the Amtrak Board of Directors; Thomas Wheeler to be a member of the Federal Communications Commission; Mark Schaefer to be assistant secretary of Commerce for oceans and atmosphere; and nominations for promotion in the United States Coast Guard. Additional information on the markup and the bills can be foundon the Committee’s website at:http://commerce.senate.gov.

Nuclear Waste Disposal and Storage:  Today at 2:30 PM in 366 Dirksen, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will hold a full committee hearing on S.1240, the “Nuclear Waste Administration Act of 2013,” to establish a new organization to manage nuclear waste, provide a consensual process for siting nuclear waste facilities, ensure adequate funding for managing nuclear waste. Additional information on the hearing can be found on the Committee’s website at:http://energy.senate.gov.

Previous Reports

Ollison Hydraulic Fracturing Report: This report gives a summary of the most important events last week impacting the use of hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas development.  It tracks key developments in the states, at the national level, and internationally. Follow Bo Ollison on twitter at: @BoOllison.

Greenfield Offshore Energy Report:  This report provides a summary of key regulatory developments that could impact or impede the development of offshore resources.  Follow key news affecting offshore development by monitoring the National Ocean Policy Coalition on twitter at @USAOceanPolicy and the National Ocean Industries Association at @oceanindustries.

Forsgren Environmental Report: This report provides updates and analysis of environmental legislative and regulatory actions that could impact the transportation and energy sectors.  You can follow the new environmental developments by following HBW on twitter at @rchammond, @agripundit, @boollison, @randman68, and @mzehrhbw.

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