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  • Hearing on Improving the Water Supply
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    Improving Water Supplies

    A Senate committee hearing examined new approaches to improve water supplies through innovative technologies. Witnesses included the board director of the Orange County, California, Water District and the chief of…

  • Hearing on Water and Wastewater Infrastructure
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    Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Affordability and Safety

    Local leaders and utility officials from around the nation testified at a hearing on the federal government’s role in maintaining and improving water and wastewater infrastructure. They…

  • Hearing on EPA Regulations and the States
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    EPA Regulations and the States

    State government officials testified at a hearing on how Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulatory actions affect states. Some of the witnesses said federal intervention in local…

  • HouseSenate Conference Committee Meeting on Surface Transportation Legislation
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    Highway and Mass Transit Funding

    House and Senate conferees made opening statements in a meeting to negotiate a long-term highway and mass transit funding bill. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chair Bill…

  • EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy Testimony on Gold King Mine Wastewater Spill
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    EPA Toxic River Spill

    Administrator Gina McCarthy testified at a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing at hearing on the toxic river spill caused by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and one of its…

  • Hearing on EPAs Proposed Carbon Dioxide Rules
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    Proposed Carbon Dioxide Emission Rules

    Environmental regulation officials from five states testified about their problems and successes dealing with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed carbon dioxide emissions…

  • Hearing on EPA Rule Limiting Greenhouse Gas Emissions
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    Greenhouse Gas Emissions

    Janet McCabe testified at a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposals to limit emissions from new and existing power…

  • Hearing on Reauthorizing Federal Highway and Transit Programs
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    Federal Highway and Transit Programs

    Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and others testified at a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing on transportation infrastructure funding. He told committee members…

  • Hearing on Chemical Facility Security Policy
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    Chemical Facility Security

    Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) officials testified on chemical facility security. In 2013, President Obama, in response to…

  • Addressing Climate Change
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    Climate Change Issues

    Four former Republican Environmental Protection Agency administrators were among the witnesses at a hearing on efforts to address global climate change. The former administrators, invited by…

  • Hearing on EPA Power Plant Standards
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    Regulating Greenhouse Gas Emissions

    Administrator Gina McCarthy testified n the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed carbon pollution standards for existing power plants. In June 2014, the EPA proposed the Clean…

  • Nuclear Safety
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    Nuclear Regulatory Commission Recommendations

    Members of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) testified on the recommendations of their task force created after the 2011 Fukishima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident in Japan. Some…

  • FY2015 EPA Budget
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    Environmental Protection Agency Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Request

    Environmental Protection Agency Administration Gina McCarthy testified on her agency’s fiscal year 2015 budget request. Many of the questions centered on oversight of the agency as well as coal plants,…

  • Federal Funding for Transportation Infrastructure
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    Transportation Infrastructure

    Witnesses testified on national, state and local perspectives on the need for federal transportation infrastructure investment and priorities for the next surface transportation…

  • Administration Defends Climate Change Plan
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    Climate Change Policy

    Federal officials and climate specialists testified on the Obama administration’s climate change policy. The plan includes a number of executive actions targeting carbon emissions,…

  • Hearing on Transportation Infrastructure Investment
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    Transportation infrastructure Investments

    Thomas Donohue and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka testified on federal funding for transportation infrastructure and MAP-21, the current transportation law that expires in September 2014.…

  • Hearing Nuclear Reactor Safety
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    Fukushima Task Force Recommendations

    Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) commissioners testified on efforts to implement the Fukushima Near-Term Task Force recommendations. The task force, formed in reaction to the nuclear power…

  • Hearing Drinking Water Quality in West Virginia
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    West Virginia Chemical Spill

    West Virginia state representatives and environmental experts testified on the safety of drinking water following a January 2014 chemical leak that left several thousand West Virginia residents without access to…

  • Transportation Infrastructure Investments
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    Transportation Infrastructure Investments

    State officials, representatives from transportation industry groups, and members of national commissions testified on the status of transportation infrastructure needs in the United States…

  • Senate Looks into Preventing Chemical Threats
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    Chemical Threats

    Recent explosions at chemical plants in Texas and Louisiana killed 16 people and injured hundreds of others. Witnesses testified on ways to mitigate chemical threats and avoid future…

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