Energy

Senate Hearing: Storage of Nuclear Waste and the Nuclear Waste Administration Act

The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources will hold a hearing to examine storage of nuclear waste and the Nuclear Waste Administration Act (S 1234). The purpose of the hearing is to examine options for the interim and long-term storage of nuclear waste and to consider S 1234.

Members of the public may attend in person or via webcast. More information is available at the Committee's website.

EPA Meeting: Board of Scientific Counselors, Executive Committee

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Office of Research and Development, will hold a meeting of the Executive Committee of its Board of Scientific Counselors. The Board of Scientific Counselors is a federal advisory committee that provides advice and recommendations to EPA's Office of Research and Development on technical and management issues of its research programs.

Members of the public may attend in person with advance registration. More information is available at this Federal Register notice.

NASEM Webinar: Hydrogen Fueling Infrastructure

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) will hold a webinar titled "Hydrogen Fueling Infrastructure" as part of their webinar series titled "Future of Light-Duty Vehicle Technologies and Infrastructure." 

Analyzing the cost and effectiveness of hydrogen fuel cell vehicle technologies in the 2025-2035 time frame requires an estimation of the US capacity for fueling infrastructure. Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles offer a huge opportunity to increase the number of zero emission vehicles in the fleet, but they will require significant investments in fueling infrastructure. In this webinar, NASEM will gather government laboratory and private sector perspectives regarding the barriers and opportunities for deployment of hydrogen fuel cell vehicle technologies and fueling infrastructure in the US.

Speakers include:

  • Amgad Elgowainy: ANL 
  • Dave Edwards: Air Liquide 
  • Jason Munster: Shell)
  • Andrea Lubawy: Toyota

Members of the public may attend the webinar. More information, including the agenda, is available at this event registration website.

FERC Meeting: Increasing Real-Time and Day-Ahead Market Efficiency and Planning Efficiency and Enhancing Resilience through Improved Software

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) will hold a technical conference titled "Increasing Real-Time and Day-Ahead Market Efficiency and Planning Efficiency and Enhancing Resilience through Improved Software." The conference will discuss opportunities for increasing real-time and day-ahead market efficiency and enhancing the resilience of the bulk power system through improved software. 

Members of the public may attend in person or via teleconference with advance registration. More information is available at this FERC website.

EPA Nomination Deadline: Science Advisory Board and Standing Committees

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites nominations of scientific experts from a diverse range of disciplines to be considered for appointment to the EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) and four SAB committees: the Agricultural Science Committee, the Chemical Assessment Advisory Committee; the Drinking Water Committee; and the Radiation Advisory Committee. Appointments will be announced by the Administrator and are anticipated to be filled by the start of Fiscal Year 2020 (October 2019). 

The SAB is a chartered Federal Advisory Committee, established in 1978 under the authority of the Environmental Research, Development and Demonstration Authorization Act (ERDDAA), to provide independent scientific and technical peer review, consultation, advice and recommendations to the EPA Administrator on the scientific bases for EPA's actions and programs. Members of the SAB constitute distinguished bodies of non-EPA scientists, engineers, economists, and behavioral scientists who are nationally and internationally recognized experts in their respective fields. Members are appointed by the EPA Administrator for a three-year term and serve as Special Government Employees who provide independent expert advice to the agency.

The chartered SAB provides strategic advice to the EPA Administrator on a variety of EPA science and research programs. All the work of SAB committees and panels is conducted under the auspices of the chartered SAB. The chartered SAB reviews all SAB committee and panel draft reports and determines whether they are appropriate to send to the EPA Administrator. The SAB Staff Office invites the nomination of experts to serve on the chartered SAB in the following scientific disciplines as they relate to human health and the environment: Analytical chemistry; benefit-cost analysis; causal inference; complex systems; ecological sciences and ecological assessment; economics; engineering; forestry geochemistry; health sciences; hydrology; hydrogeology; medicine; microbiology; modeling; pediatrics; public health; risk assessment; social, behavioral and decision sciences; statistics; toxicology; epidemiology; and uncertainty analysis.

The SAB Staff Office is especially interested in scientists in the disciplines described above who have knowledge and experience in air quality; agricultural sciences; atmospheric sciences; benefit-cost analysis; complex systems; drinking water; energy and the environment; epidemiological risk analyses; dose-response, exposure, and physiologically based pharmacokinetic (PBPK) modeling; water quality; water quantity and reuse; ecosystem services; community environmental health; sustainability; chemical safety; green chemistry; and waste management. 

Members of the public may submit nominations online. More information is available at this Federal Register notice.

House Hearing: Oil and Gas Development: Restoring Community Input and Public Participation in Leasing Decisions

The House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, will hold a hearing titled "Oil and Gas Development: Restoring Community Input and Public Participation in Leasing Decisions." The Committee will discuss HR 3225, the Restoring Community Input and Public Protections in Oil and Gas Leasing Act of 2019, which aims to amend the Mineral Leasing Act to make certain adjustments in leasing on Federal lands for oil and gas drilling.

Members of the public may attend in person or via webcast. More information is available at the Committee's website.

House Markup: Bills on Science Research and Policy

The House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology will hold a markup session on four bills related to science research and policy. Particularly, the Committee will consider:

  • HR 36: Combating Sexual Harassment in Science Act of 2019
  • HR 2528: STEM Opportunities Act of 2019
  • HR 3153: Vera Rubin Survey Telescope Designation Act
  • HR 3196: Expanding Findings for Federal Opioid Research and Treatment Act

Members of the public may attend in person or via webcast. More information is available at the Committee's website.

House Hearing: Driving in Reverse: The Administration’s Rollback of Fuel Economy and Clean Car Standards

The House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittees on Consumer Protection and Commerce and Environment and Climate Change, will hold a hearing titled "Driving in Reverse: The Administration’s Rollback of Fuel Economy and Clean Car Standards." The hearing will discuss the Trump Administration’s efforts to roll back Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards and carbon pollution regulations from light duty cars and trucks.

Members of the public may attend in person or via webcast. More information is available at the Committee's website.

House Hearing: Fossil Energy Research: Enabling Our Clean Energy Future

The House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, Subcommittee on Energy, will hold a hearing titled "Fossil Energy Research: Enabling Our Clean Energy Future." 

Witnesses include:

  • Ms. Shannon Angielski: Executive Director, Carbon Utilization Research Council
  • Mr. Elgie Holstein: Senior Director for Strategic Planning, Environmental Defense Fund
  • Mr. Jeff Bobeck: Director of Energy Policy Engagement, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES)
  • Ms. Erin Burns: Director of Policy, Carbon180
  • Dr. Erik K. Webb: Senior Manager, Geoscience Research & Applications, Sandia National Laboratories

Members of the public may attend in person or via webcast. More information is available at the Committee's website.