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go directly to report, PDF _ RL33461 - Civilian Nuclear Waste Disposal
16-Jul-2010; Mark Holt; 26 p.
Update: Previous releases:
November 26, 2007
March 14, 2007
September 19, 2006
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Abstract: Management of civilian radioactive waste has posed difficult issues for Congress since the beginning of the nuclear power industry in the 1950s. Federal policy is based on the premise that nuclear waste can be disposed of safely, but proposed storage and disposal facilities have frequently been c.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Waste Management, Energy, Risk & Reform
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go directly to report, PDF _ RL34621 - Capture CO2 from Coal-Fired Power Plants: Challenges for a Comprehensive Strategy
15-Apr-2010; Larry Parker, Peter Folger; 37 p.
Update: Previous Editions:
February 13, 2009
August 15, 2008
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Abstract: Any comprehensive approach to substantially reduce greenhouse gases must address the world’s dependency on coal for a quarter of its energy demand, including almost half of its electricity demand. To maintain coal in the world’s energy mix in a carbon-constrained future would require development .... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Science & Technology, Energy
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go directly to report, PDF _ R40645 - U.S. Offshore Oil and Gas Resources: Prospects and Processes
1-Jun-2010; Marc Humphries, Robert Pirog, Gene Whitney; 34 p.
Abstract: Access to potential oil and gas resources under the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) continues to be controversial. Moratoria on leasing and development in certain areas were established by Congress (beginning in 1981) and by the President (beginning in 1990). These moratoria were largely elimi.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Natural Resources, Marine, Energy
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go directly to report, PDF _ R41227 - Energy Tax Policy: Historical Perspectives on and Current Status of Energy Tax Expenditures
7-May-2010; Molly Sherlock; 36 p.
Abstract: Since the 1970s, energy tax policy in the United States has attempted to achieve two broad objectives. First, policymakers have sought to reduce oil import dependence and enhance national security through a variety of domestic energy investment and production tax subsidies. Second, environmental .... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Energy
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go directly to report, PDF _ R40667 - Anaerobic Digestion: Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction and Energy Generation
4-May-2010; Kelsi Bracmort; 16 p.
Abstract: Anaerobic digestion technology may help to address two congressional concerns that have some measure of interdependence: development of clean energy sources and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Anaerobic digestion technology breaks down a feedstock—usually manure from livestock operations—t.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Energy, Climate Change
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go directly to report, PDF _ RL33558 - Nuclear Energy Policy
27-May-2010; Mark Holt; 35 p.
Update: Previous Releases:
December 10, 2009
September 2, 2008
January 28, 2008
March 26, 2007
December 26, 2006.... [expand]  [read report]
Abstract: Nuclear energy issues facing Congress include federal incentives for new commercial reactors, radioactive waste management policy, research and development priorities, power plant safety and regulation, nuclear weapons proliferation, and security against terrorist attacks.

Significant incentiv.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Energy, Legislative, Waste Management

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go directly to report, PDF _ RS22990 - Gas Hydrates: Resource and Hazard
25-May-2010; Peter Folger; 9 p.
Abstract: Solid gas hydrates are a potentially huge resource of natural gas for the United States. The U.S. Geological Survey estimated that there are about 85 trillion cubic feet (TCF) of technically recoverable gas hydrates in northern Alaska. The Minerals Management Service estimated a mean value of 21,.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Energy, Pollution
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go directly to report, PDF _ RL33341 - The Strategic Petroleum Reserve: History, Perspectives, and Issues
28-Dec-2009; Robert Bamberger; 16 p.
Update: Previous Releases:
February 20, 2009
September 19, 2008
June 6, 2008
November 1, 2007
February 22, 2007
April 3, 2006
June 19, 2006
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Abstract: Congress authorized the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) in the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA, P.L. 94-163) to help prevent a repetition of the economic dislocation caused by the 1973-1974 Arab oil embargo. The program is managed by the Department of Energy (DOE). The capacity of the .... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Natural Resources, Federal Agencies, Energy
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go directly to report, PDF _ R40996 - The Yucca Mountain Litigation: Breach of Contract Under the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982
22-Dec-2009; Todd Garvey; 21 p.
Abstract: Over 25 years ago, Congress addressed growing concerns regarding nuclear waste management by calling for federal collection of spent nuclear fuel (SNF) for safe, permanent disposal. To this end, the Department of Energy (DOE) was authorized by statute to enter into contracts with nuclear power pr.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Energy, Waste Management
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go directly to report, PDF _ RL32205 - Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Import Terminals: Siting, Safety and Regulation
14-Dec-2009; Paul W. Parfomak, Adam S. Vann; 33 p.
Update: Previous Releases:
February 24, 2009
May 15, 2008
July 15, 2005
April 20, 2005
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Abstract: Liquefied natural gas (LNG) is a hazardous fuel shipped in large tankers to U.S. ports from overseas. While LNG has historically made up a small part of U.S. natural gas supplies, rising price volatility, and the possibility of domestic shortages have significantly increased LNG demand. To meet t.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Energy, Risk & Reform, Economics & Trade
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