Fifteen years ago Congress passed the Data Access Act, requiring public access to all federally funded research data used in agency decision-making. The Data Access Act, implemented by OMB Circular A-110, requires federal agencies to provide underlying research data in federally funded research that is the subject of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. … Full Story
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This summer, the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) proposed a rule to implement the state’s new $2 billion water infrastructure financing scheme. The statutory framework governing the scheme is elaborate but, as is often the case with legislative enactments, somewhat general in parts, leaving many key decisions to the TWDB. The proposed rule fills in… Full Story
Chilean Energy Minister Maximo Pacheco visited the United States earlier this month to meet with Obama administration energy officials and members of Houston’s energy community. At a breakfast hosted by the University of Texas, he explained that his country has fewer fossil fuel resources than its Latin American neighbors and that, to compensate, it is… Full Story
At the moment, the water issues the Texas legislature appears likeliest to take up in its 2015 session involve groundwater. In exploring potential groundwater policies – whether aimed at brackish groundwater production, aquifer storage and recovery, or some other subject area – it will have to contend with an outdated governance regime that makes the… Full Story
On June 13th, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed into law Senate Bill 310, which extended the current 2025 deadline for Ohio to obtain at least 12.5 percent of its total energy from renewable sources by two years, to 2027. In order to reach the 12.5%, the original 2008 mandate, SB 221, included a plan to… Full Story