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  1. Proposal could modify Reclamation dam safety, approval processes

    A bill introduced to the House of Representatives last week includes a number of provisions related to Bureau of Reclamation project streamlining, water supplies, reservoir and storage construction, and dam safety improvements. Submitted by Rep. David Valadao , R-Calif., the Gaining Responsibility on Water (GROW) Act -- officially House Resolution 23 -- is "intended to modernize water policies throughout the entire Western United States", with an emphasis on the Central Valley region in the congressman's home state. Still, provisions included in the legislation would apply to other project owners, operators and developers through proposals for simpler, expedited federal, state and local approval processes. Sections of particular interest include: Title V: Water Supply Permitting The bill notes that the regulatory process for constructing new surface water storage, both federal and private, is often an arduous process requiring duplicative approvals from a number of agencies. Title V would create a "one-stop-shop" that would establish Reclamation as the lead agency "for purposes of coordinating all reviews, analysis, opinions, statements, permits, licenses, or other federal approvals required under federal law." Further, Title V would make Reclamation responsible for coordinating the "preparation of the unified environmental documentation that will serve as the basis for all federal decisions necessary to authorize the use of federal lands, as well as coordinating the project development and construction of qualifying projects." This section also gives the Secretary of the Interior authority to accept and spend funds contributed by non-federal public entities to expedite the evaluation of permits relating to qualifying projects. Title VI: Bureau of Reclamation Project Streamlining Reclamation has only built one large multipurpose water storage project "over the last generation", according to Valadao, due to the length of time required for studies and regulatory analysis under current federal law. Unlike Title V, Title VI would apply only to projects that would be owned, funded or operated by Reclamation and certain recycling, desalination and rural water supply projects. The section is modeled after portions of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014 by further reforming permitting procedures, strengthening USBR's oversight and streamlining congressional approval processes. Title VI would require Reclamation's feasibility studies to be completed within three years after the date of initiation at a maximum federal cost of $3 million, while providing a maximum seven-year extension if the Department of the Interior were to provide a "detailed justification to the non-federal project sponsor and the Congress." Title VI also directs the Secretary of the Interior to "develop and implement a coordinated environmental review process with Reclamation and the non-federal project sponsor as lead agencies for expedited environmental review of a project" in an effort to minimize duplicative reviews. Title VIII: Safety of Dams More than 360 of the over 400 dams maintained by Reclamation would cause a loss of life should they fail, according to Valadao. Title VIII addresses shortcomings in the agency's current Safety of Dams program, which does not allow Reclamation to evaluate corrective or preventative actions not directly associated with a given repair project. Title VIII would change the existing program by allowing USBR to study and construct other dam safety improvements -- including structural strengthening, dam raises and the construction of spillways, filters and drains -- in conjunction with other dam safety repairs "if found feasible and in compliance with Reclamation law," based on "results from new hydrologic or seismic data, or changes in the state-of-the-art criteria deemed necessary for safety purposes." The bill has been assigned to a congressional committee, which will evaluate it before determining an action. For more policy and regulation news, visit here .

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    Wed, 11 Jan 2017

  2. Trump executive orders may revive Dakota Access, Keystone XL projects

    US President Donald J. Trump signed executive orders aimed at reviving the Dakota Access and Keystone XL crude oil pipeline projects, but it was not immediately clear how quickly their consequences will be felt.

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    Tue, 24 Jan 2017

  3. Xcel Energy Gets Bill for Gas Plant Approval from Minnesota House Committee

    The normal route for approval is through the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission.

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    Wed, 18 Jan 2017

  4. Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act co-sponsor likely nominee for Secretary of Interior

    U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, a sixth-term Republican from the state of Washington, will likely be nominated by President-elect Donald Trump for Secretary of Interior, according to published reports. Rodgers is the highest-ranking Republican woman in the U.S. House of Representatives and was ...

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    Tue, 13 Dec 2016

  1. U.S. House stalling Energy Policy Modernization Act as Congressional adjournment approaches

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    Thu, 8 Dec 2016

  2. Hydropower legislation sails through U.S. House of Representatives

    The Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act of 2013 sails through U.S. House of Representatives with a unanimous 422-0 vote.

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    Wed, 13 Feb 2013

  3. Congress committees to see post-election shake up

    With the Republican Party maintaining control of both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives , there won’t be dramatic change in the makeup of congressional committees dealing with energy and environment committees

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    Mon, 14 Nov 2016

  4. US House approves bill authorizing online offshore lease sales

    The US House of Representatives has approved a bill that would give the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management authority to conduct federal offshore oil and gas lease sales online. The measure, which Reps. Garrett Graves (R-La.) and Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.) introduced on June 24, passed the House by ...

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    Wed, 7 Sep 2016

  5. New Technologies, New Questions for Emissions Control

    Wednesday’s emissions control POWER-GEN International session examined how the Clean Power Plan is affecting operations of various plants, as well as other topics.

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    Wed, 14 Dec 2016

  6. NorthWestern Corp. announces new board members

    NorthWestern Corp., parent company as NorthWestern Energy announced that Tony Clark is joining the company's board of directors 

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    Fri, 9 Dec 2016

  7. House Republicans prefer pipeline permit reforms to BLM methane rule

    Fifty-seven Republican members of the US House of Representatives , including Speaker Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop (Utah), urged US Sec. of the Interior Sally Jewell to have the US Bureau of Land Management withdraw its proposed methane venting and ...

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    Thu, 28 Jul 2016

  8. Resolution opposing Obama’s crude oil tax passes US House

    The US House of Representatives approved a resolution opposing President Barack Obama’s proposal to impose a $10.25/bbl tax on crude oil to support new transportation systems’ research and development. H. Con. Res 112 was approved on June 10 by a 234-177 vote, largely along party lines. ...

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    Mon, 13 Jun 2016

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