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Geoscience Policy Monthly Review: December 2013

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Federal Register

EPA - The Environmental Protection Agency has submitted an information collection request NSPS for Phosphate Rock Plants. The information collection request was issued due to the increase in labor costs. Comments are approved through January 2, 2014. Additional information can be found at www.regulations.gov. [Monday, December 2, 2013, (Vol. 78, No. 231)]

EPA - The Environmental Protection Agency is seeking comments for the proposed modification for the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System general permit regulating discharges from oil and gas wells in the Coastal Subcategory in Texas and in the Stripper Subcategory which discharge into waters in Texas. Comments must be received by January 16, 2014. [Monday, December 2, 2013, (Vol. 78, No. 231)]

DOI - The Department of the Interior announced the availability of environmental documents prepared for Oil, Gas, and Mineral Operations by the Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf Region. [Monday, December 2, 2013, (Vol. 78, No. 231)]

DOI - The Department of the Interior issued a notice of availability of the proposed notice of sale for the Eastern Gulf of Mexico Planning Area Outer Continental Shelf oil and gas lease sale 225. Bid opening is currently scheduled for March 19, 2014. [Wednesday, December 4, 2013, (Vol. 78, No. 233)]

DOI - The Department of the Interior has announced the availability of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill restoration plan. National Environmental Policy Act, the Federal and State natural resource trustee agencies have prepared a Draft Programmatic and Phase III Early Restoration Plan and Draft Early Restoration Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement. The draft is open for public comments until February 4, 2014. [Friday, December 6, 2013, (Vol. 78, No. 235)]

USIBWC - The International Boundary and Water Commission is considering relocating the Rio Grande river channel in the Canalization Project Levee System in a 1.08 mile stretch in Vado, New Mexico and create new levees where no flood control measures exist in an effort to meet current flood control requirements. For more information click here. [Wednesday, December 11, 2013, (Vol. 78, No. 238)]

DOI - The Department of the Interior announced the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement is announcing its intention to renew authority to collect information for a series of customer surveys to evaluate their performance. Comments must be received by February 11, 2014. [Friday, December 13, 2013, (Vol. 78, No. 240)]

DOE – The Department of Energy has issued a notice of renewal for the Nuclear Energy Advisory Committee. The renewal is good for two years, beginning December 12, 2013.  [Wednesday, December 18, 2013, (Vol. 78, No. 243)]

EPA – The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to amend the standards of performance for petroleum refineries for which construction, reconstruction, or modification commenced after May 14, 2007. Written comments must be received by February 3, 2014 for consideration. [Thursday, December 19, 2013, (Vol. 78, No. 244)]

DOE – The Department of Energy issued a notice to renew the Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee for two years beginning December 13, 2013. [Thursday, December 20, 2013, (Vol. 78, No. 245)]

FEMA - Comments are requested on proposed flood hazard determinations, which may include additions or modifications of any Base Flood Elevation (BFE), base flood depth, Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) boundary or zone designation, or regulatory floodway on the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs), and where applicable, in the supporting Flood Insurance Study (FIS) reports. [Monday, December 23, 2013, (Vol. 78, No. 246)]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Monthly Review prepared by: Maeve Boland, Geoscience Policy Director; Abby Seadler, Geoscience Policy Associate; and Sophia Ford, AGI/AAPG Fall Intern.

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Compiled December 11, 2013