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go directly to report, PDF _ RS22818 - National Aeronautics and Space Administration: Overview, FY2009 Budget, and Issues for Congress
6-Mar-2009; Daniel Morgan, Carl E. Behrens; 10 p.
Abstract: The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) conducts U.S. civilian space and aeronautics activities. For FY2009, the Bush Administration requested $17.614 billion for NASA, an increase of 1.8% from the FY2008 appropriation of $17.309 billion. The House Appropriations Committee recomm.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Federal Agencies, Science & Technology
go directly to report, PDF _ RL32486 - Marine Protected Areas (MPAs): Federal Legal Authority
22-Oct-2008; Adam Vann; 29 p.
Update: Previous Releases:
October 29, 2007
June 6, 2007
February 4, 2005; Author: Aaron M. Flynn
October 5, 2004
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Abstract: Recent events, including the release of the President’s U.S. Ocean Action Plan and reports issued by the United States Commission on Ocean Policy and the Pew Oceans Commission, have prompted a reexamination of U.S. ocean policy and debate over an “ecosystem approach” to ocean resource management. O.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Marine, Federal Agencies
go directly to report, PDF _ RL33462 - Heritage Areas: Background, Proposals, and Current Issues
6-Feb-2009; Carol Hardy Vincent and David L. Whiteman; 17 p.
Update: Previous releases:
November 2, 2007
November 29, 2006
August 28, 2006
June 7, 2006


For FY2007, the President requested $7.4 million for the NPS for Heritage Partnership Programs, a 44% decrease from the $13.3 million appropriated for FY2006..... [expand]  [read report]
Abstract: Over the past two decades, Congress has established 37 National Heritage Areas (NHAs) to commemorate, conserve, and promote areas that include important natural, scenic, historic, cultural, and recreational resources. NHAs are partnerships among the National Park Service (NPS), states, and lo.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Public Lands, Federal Agencies, Information

go directly to report, PDF _ RL32947 - Air Quality Issues and Animal Agriculture: EPA's Air Compliance Agreement
21-Jan-2009; Claudia Copeland; 15 p.
Update: Previous Releases:
September 30, 2008
August 31, 2007
July 18, 2007
/NLE/CRSreports/07Jul/RL32947.pdf September 11, 2007
April 11, 2007
October 11, 2006
June 1, 2006
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Abstract: From an environmental quality standpoint, much of the interest in animal agriculture has focused on impacts on water resources, because animal waste, if not properly managed, can harm water quality through surface runoff, direct discharges, spills, and leaching into soil and groundwater. A more r.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Air, Agriculture, Federal Agencies
go directly to report, PDF _ RL34479 - Revising the National Ambient Air Quality Standard for Lead
24-Oct-2008; James E. McCarthy; 19 p.
Update: Previous editions:
July 28, 2008
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Abstract: The Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), under a court order to review the National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for lead, proposed to revise the standard on May 1, 2008, reducing it from 1.5 micrograms per cubic meter (?g/m3) to within the range of 0.10 to 0.30 ?g/m3..... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Air, Federal Agencies
go directly to report, PDF _ RL32064 - Army Corps of Engineers Water Resources Activities: Authorization and Appropriations
29-May-2007; Nicole T. Carter and H. Steven Hughes; 11 p.
Update: Previous Releases:
May 29, 2007
September 20, 2006
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Abstract: Congress authorizes and appropriates funds for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) to conduct water resources studies and projects for navigation, flood and storm protection, ecosystem restoration, and an array of other purposes. This report explains how the congressional authorization an.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Federal Agencies, Water, Legislative
go directly to report, PDF _ RS22145 - Environmental Activities of the U.S. Coast Guard
22-May-2008; Jonathan Ramseur; 6 p.
Update: Previous releases:
August 31, 2007
April 25, 2007
July 30, 2006
May 24, 2006
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Abstract: The U.S. Coast Guard’s (USCG’s) environmental activities focus on prevention programs, accompanied by enforcement and educational activities. An important component is maritime oil spill prevention, which includes inspection of U.S. and foreign-flagged ships to ensure compliance with U.S. laws an.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Federal Agencies, Water
go directly to report, PDF _ RL34209 - Commercial Fishery Disaster Assistance
2-May-2008; Harold F. Upton; 19 p.
Abstract: Disaster relief may be provided by the federal government to assist the fishing industry when it is affected by a commercial fishery failure. A commercial fishery failure occurs when fishermen endure hardships resulting from fish population declines or other disruptions to the fishery. The Departm.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Marine, Federal Agencies
go directly to report, PDF _ RL32527 - The Emergency Alert System (EAS) and All-Hazard Warnings
25-Aug-2008; Linda K. Moore; 17 p.
Update: Previous Editions:
July 17, 2006
September 13, 2006

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Abstract: The Emergency Alert System (EAS) is built on a structure conceived in the 1950’s when over-the-air broadcasting was the best-available technology for widely disseminating emergency alerts. It is one of several federally managed warning systems. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) joint.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Federal Agencies, Risk & Reform
go directly to report, PDF _ RL33579 - The Public Health and Medical Response to Disasters: Federal Authority and Funding
1-Aug-2008; Sarah A. Lister; 40 p.
Update: Previous releases:
September 19, 2007
October 10, 2006
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Abstract: When there is a catastrophe in the United States, state and local governments lead response activities, invoking state and local legal authorities to support these activities. When state and local response capabilities are overwhelmed, the President, acting through the Secretary of Homeland Secur.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Federal Agencies, Risk & Reform, Information
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