Building Consensus Around Environmental Policy

Thu, 29 Feb 2024 19:00:00 GMT

Join The Hill & American Conservation Coalition for their inaugural partnership program, looking at young conservative and progressive environmental youth leaders. We will conduct a deep-dive conversation discussing environmental justice, nuclear energy, permitting reform, green jobs, and natural climate solutions.

RSVP for the livestream.

  • Nalleli Cobo, Progressive Environmental Activist
  • Isaias Hernandez, Environmental Educator; Creator, QueerBrownVegan
  • Chris Johnson, Managing Director, Young Conservatives for Carbon Dividends
  • Joe Pinion, CEO, Pinion Media Group; Conservative Clean Energy Strategist
  • Sierra Quitiquit, Skier & Climate Activist
  • Isaac Michael Ybarra, Progressive Climate Activist & Artist
  • Jeff Luse, Policy Analyst & Deputy Editor, C3 Solutions
  • Isabel Brown, Conservative Social Media Influencer
  • Julia Manchester, National Political Correspondent, The Hill
Partner Perspective:
  • Chris Barnard, President, American Conservation Coalition
  • Kristy Drutman, Founder, Brown Girl Green; Co-Founder, Green Jobs Board

EV Fires and First Responders

Thu, 29 Feb 2024 15:30:00 GMT

Science Committee Investigations & Oversight Subcommittee hearing entitled “Examining the Risk: The Dangers of EV Fires for First Responders.”

  • Dan Munsey, Fire Chief, San Bernardino County Fire Department
  • Dr. Judy Jeevarajan, Vice President and Executive Director, Electrochemical Safety Research Institute at UL Research Institutes
  • House Science, Space, and Technology Committee
    Investigations and Oversight Subcommittee 2318 Rayburn
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Oversight of the Department of Agriculture

Wed, 28 Feb 2024 19:30:00 GMT

Full committee hearing.

  • Thomas J. Vilsack, Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee 328A Dirksen
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Water Resources Development Act 2024: USACE Water Infrastructure Projects, Programs and Priorities

Wed, 28 Feb 2024 15:00:00 GMT

On Wednesday, February 28, 2024, U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.), Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, will hold a hearing to assist with the development of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2024, which authorizes projects, programs, and other activities under the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Civil Works program.

  • Michael C. Connor, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works
  • Lieutenant General Scott A. Spellmon 55th Chief of Engineers and Commanding General, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Senate Environment and Public Works Committee 406 Dirksen
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Federal Maritime Commission Nominations

Wed, 28 Feb 2024 15:00:00 GMT

U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Chair of Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, will convene a full committee hearing on Wednesday, February 28, 2024, at 10:00 AM EST to consider the following presidential nominations:

  • Daniel B. Maffei to be Chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission (re-appointment)
  • Rebecca F. Dye to be Commissioner of the Federal Maritime Commission (re-appointment)
  • Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee 253 Russell
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Opportunities and Challenges Associated with Developing Geologic Hydrogen in the United States

Wed, 28 Feb 2024 15:00:00 GMT

The purpose of this hearing is to examine the opportunities and challenges associated with developing geologic hydrogen in the United States.

  • Evelyn N. Wang, Director, Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Dr. Geoffrey S. Ellis, Research Geologist, Energy Resources Program, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Department of the Interior
  • Pete Johnson, CEO and Co-Founder, Koloma
  • Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee 366 Dirksen
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Understanding the Presence of Microplastics in Water

Tue, 27 Feb 2024 19:30:00 GMT

Subcommittee hearing.

  • Susanne M. Brander, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Oregon State University, College of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Sciences
  • Sherri A. “Sam” Mason, Ph.D., Director of Sustainability, Penn State Behrend
  • Brent Alspach, P.E., Vice President & Director of Applied Research, Arcadis

As an ecotoxicologist, Susanne M. Brander’s research integrates the responses of aquatic organisms to endocrine disrupting compounds (EDCs) and other environmental stressors, such as microplastics, across the biological hierarchy. He group focuses on discerning mechanisms of toxicity and linking the results of laboratory experiments to ecosystem responses. Current work examines the impact of EDCs on gene expression, development, reproductive behavior, sex ratio and population dynamics across multiple generations, with an emphasis on exposure during early life. Specific compounds of concern include endocrine active pesticides and pharmaceuticals.

Dr. Sherri A. Mason holds a doctorate in chemistry from the University of Montana and is a leading researcher in freshwater plastic pollution. Her award-winning work has drawn international attention to the threats posed by microplastics and led to the passage of national measures banning microbeads. She currently serves as Associate Research Professor and Director of Sustainability at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College.

Brent Alspach is an Associate Vice President with Arcadis and serves as the company’s Director of Applied Research. He is an internationally recognized authority on membrane filtration and desalination processes. He has conducted seawater desalination planning studies and concept design for facilities in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, and Mexico.

  • Senate Environment and Public Works Committee
    Superfund, Waste Management, and Regulatory Oversight Subcommittee 406 Dirksen
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Vote on Nominations of Julie Su for Labor Secretary, Moshe Marvit for Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission, Stephen Ravas for Inspector General, Corporation for National and Community Service

Tue, 27 Feb 2024 16:30:00 GMT

Full committee meeting in executive session on the following nominees:
  • Julie A. Su to be Secretary of Labor
  • Moshe Z. Marvit to be a Member of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission
  • Stephen H. Ravas to be Inspector General, Corporation for National and Community Service
  • Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee S-127 Capitol
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Going Nuclear on Rosatom: Ending Global Dependence on Putin's Nuclear Energy Sector

Thu, 15 Feb 2024 19:00:00 GMT

Subcommittee hearing.

  • David Albright, President, Institute for Science and International Security
  • Anthony Ruggiero, Senior Director and Senior Fellow, Nonproliferation and Biodefense Program, Foundation for Defense of Democracies
  • Theresa Sabonis-Helf, Concentration Chair for Science, Technology, and International Affairs, Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service
  • House Foreign Affairs Committee
    Europe Subcommittee 2172 Rayburn
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Land Management: The National Strategy to Develop Environmental Economic Decisions

Thu, 15 Feb 2024 19:00:00 GMT

On Thursday, February 15, 2024, at 2:00 p.m., in room 1324 Longworth House Office Building, the Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations will hold an oversight hearing titled “Bidenomics & Land Management: The Misguided National Strategy to Develop Environmental Economic Decisions.”

Hearing memo

  • Henry Wykowski, Advisor, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Department of the Interior

President Biden has pushed the federal government to develop its framework for environmental-economic accounting, laying the groundwork through executive order (E.O.), guidance from his administration, and requests for information.

On April 22, 2022, President Biden issued E.O. 14072—Strengthening the Nation’s Forests, Communities, and Local Economies—which ordered the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to issue guidance on the valuation of ecosystem and environmental services and natural assets in Federal regulatory decision-making. On July 22, 2022, OMB issued the guidance in a memorandum for the heads of executive Departments and Agencies regarding research and development priorities for the Fiscal Year 2024 budget (OMB Natural Capital Memo). The OMB Natural Capital Memo instructed agencies to promote efforts to account for ecosystem and natural capital services. The OMB Natural Capital Memo also instructed agencies to “identify and prioritize R&D investments that advance… the ability to evaluate and track the effects of policies, projects, and programs on climate mitigation, resilience, and ecosystem services.”

A month later, on August 22, 2022, OMB continued to execute its marching orders by issuing a request for information to help inform the development of “Government-wide natural capital accounts and standardized environmental-economic statistics” (OMB RFI). The OMB RFI stated that international interest in “developing natural capital accounting methodologies” has led to “demand for U.S. Federal leadership to develop natural capital accounts and standardized environmental-economic statistics to provide a centralized domestic framework and to promote international norms.”

A month later, on October 31, 2022, the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) issued its own request for information—on behalf of the United States Global Change Research Program (USGCRP)—to help “inform the framing, development, and eventual use of the first National Nature Assessment” (USGCRP RFI). The USGCRP RFI stated that the National Nature Assessment “will assess the status, observed trends, and future projections of America’s lands, waters, wildlife, biodiversity and ecosystems and the benefits they provide, including connections to the economy, public health, equity, climate mitigation and adaptation, and national security.” In doing so, the USGCRP RFI declared the U.S. currently “lacks comprehensive knowledge on these major aspects of global change.

On January 19, 2023, the Biden administration released a national strategy for Natural Capital Accounting and ESV, the National Strategy to Develop Statistics for Environmental-Economic Decisions: A U.S. System of Natural Capital Accounting and Environmental Economic Statistics (National Strategy for Natural Capital Accounting).

  • House Natural Resources Committee
    Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee 1324 Longworth
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