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go directly to report, PDF _ RL33691 - Animal Waste and Hazardous Substances: Current Laws and Legislative Issues
26-Jul-2010; Claudia Copeland; 13 p.
Update: Previous releases:
January 21, 2009
September 30, 2008
January 25, 2008
April 11, 2007
October 17, 2006
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Abstract: The animal sector of agriculture has undergone major changes in the last several decades: organizational changes within the industry to enhance economic efficiency have resulted in larger confined production facilities that often are geographically concentrated. These changes, in turn, have given.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Agriculture, Waste Management, Legislative
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go directly to report, PDF _ RS21977 - Agricultural Credit: Institutions and Issues
14-Jul-2010; Jim Monke; 21 p.
Update: Previous Releases:
January 24, 2008
March 8, 2007
September 14, 2006
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Abstract: The federal government has long provided credit assistance to farmers, in response to insufficient lending in rural areas or a desire for targeted lending to disadvantaged groups. One federal lender is the Farm Service Agency (FSA) in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). It issues direct lo.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Agriculture, Economics & Trade, Legislative
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go directly to report, PDF _ R41323 - Tax Issues and the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill: Legal Analysis of Payments and Tax Relief Policy Options
15-Jul-2010; Molly Sherlock, Erika Lunder, Edward Liu, Heather Klein; 18 p.
Abstract: The explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig and subsequent oil spill into the Gulf of Mexico has led to substantial damages, particularly in the form of lost wages and income. BP has begun to make interim payments to compensate for lost income resulting from the oil spill. Given the magnitude .... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Legislative, Marine
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go directly to report, PDF _ R40197 - Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP): Status and Issues
13-Aug-2010; Megan Stubbs; 13 p.
Update: Previous releases:
March 29, 2010
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Abstract: The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a voluntary program that provides farmers with financial and technical assistance to plan and implement soil and water conservation practices. EQIP is the largest agriculture conservation financial assistance program for working lands. EQIP w.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Legislative
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go directly to report, PDF _ RL33603 - Ocean Commissions: Ocean Policy Review and Outlook
20-Jul-2010; Harold F. Upton and Eugene H. Buck; 18 p.
Update: Previous Releases:
March 19, 2010
December 17, 2009
February 9, 2009
August 15, 2008
February 1, 2007
August 8, 2006
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Abstract: In 2003 and 2004, the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy and the Pew Oceans Commission made numerous recommendations for changing U.S. ocean policy and management. The 109th Congress reauthorized the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (P.L. 109-479), incorporating provisions re.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Marine, Water, Legislative
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go directly to report, PDF _ R41139 - Oil Industry Tax Issues in the Fiscal Year 2011 Budget Proposal
24-Mar-2010; Robert Pirog; 10 p.
Abstract: President Obama, in a speech on April 22, 2009 (Earth Day), addressed the linkage between the problems he associated with U.S. reliance on oil, especially imported oil, and the importance of a future based more on alternative energy sources. To move in the direction of accomplishing these goals, .... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Energy, Legislative
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go directly to report, PDF _ RS22048 - Everglades Restoration: The Federal Role in Funding
11-Mar-2010; Charles V Stern, Pervaze A. Sheikh, Nicole T. Carter; 10 p.
Update: Previous releases:
May 26, 2006
October 2005
February 2005
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Abstract: In 2000, Congress approved a 30-year restoration plan, termed the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP), for the Everglades ecosystem in southern Florida, and authorized an initial set of projects at a cost of $1.4 billion. Implementing the plan is estimated to cost $10.9 billion; the .... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Public Lands, Legislative, Wetlands
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go directly to report, PDF _ RS21157 - International Species Conservation Funds
5-Mar-2010; Pervaze A. Sheikh and M. Lynne Corn; 7 p.
Update: Previous Releases:
March 6, 2007
October 10, 2006
June 1, 2006
February 22, 2006
March 15, 2005
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Abstract: International species conservation is addressed by several funds, including those under the Multinational Species Conservation Fund and the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Fund. These funds are implemented by relatively small programs within the Fish and Wildlife Service, yet generate eno.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Biodiversity, International, Legislative
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go directly to report, PDF _ RL34589 - Clean Air After the CAIR Decision: Multi-Pollutant Approaches to Controlling Powerplant Emissions
4-Mar-2010; James E. McCarthy, Larry B. Parker, and Robert Meltz; 16 p.
Update: Previous editions:
February 9, 2009
July 22, 2008
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Abstract: In April 2010, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) expects to propose a new Clean Air Transport Rule to control powerplant emissions of sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxides (NOx). When finalized, this rule will replace the Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR); CAIR, which was promulgated in.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Air, Energy, Legislative
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go directly to report, PDF _ RL30030 - Clean Water Act: A Summary of the Law
23-Apr-2010; Claudia Copeland; 14 p.
Update: Previous Release:
August 20, 2008
March 17, 2008
February 1, 2006
June 1, 2006


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Abstract: The principal law governing pollution of the nation’s surface waters is the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, or Clean Water Act. Originally enacted in 1948, it was totally revised by amendments in 1972 that gave the act its current shape. The 1972 legislation spelled out ambitious programs fo.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Water, Legislative

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