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go directly to report, PDF _ RL34081 - Farm and Food Support Under USDA’s Section 32 Program
20-Feb-2009; Geoffrey S. Becker; 21 p.
Update: Previous Releases:
May 29, 2008
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Abstract: “Section 32” is a permanent appropriation that since 1935 has earmarked the equivalent of 30% of annual customs receipts to support the farm sector through a variety of activities. Today, most of this annual appropriation is transferred to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) account that funds.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Agriculture, Legislative
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go directly to report, PDF _ RS22825 - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA): Budget for FY2009
17-Feb-2009; Wayne A. Morrissey; 10 p.
Update: Previous Releases:
August 8, 2008
April 28, 2008
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Abstract: On February 4, 2008, President Bush requested $4.103 billion in discretionary budget authority for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in the Department of Commerce (DOC). This amount is $207 million, or 5.3%, more than FY2008 enacted appropriations of $3.896 billion. Bush .... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Marine, Legislative
2059 
go directly to report, PDF _ RL34099 - California's Waiver Request to Control Greenhouse Gases Under the Clean Air Act
10-Feb-2009; James E. McCarthy and Robert Meltz; 17 p.
Update: Previous releases:
March 4, 2009
October 1, 2007
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Abstract: California has adopted regulations requiring new motor vehicles to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs), beginning in model year 2009. The Clean Air Act (CAA) generally preempts states from adopting their own emission standards for mobile sources. However, the act allows such standards in .... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Climate Change, Air, Legislative
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go directly to report, PDF _ RL31796 - The Endangered Species Act and Claims of Property Rights “Takings”
3-Feb-2009; Robert Meltz; 22 p.
Update: Previously Releaseds:
January 14, 2008
December 18, 2006
December 5, 2005
October 14, 2005
/nle/crsreports/05mar/RL31796.pdf.... [expand]  [read report]
Abstract: The federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) has long been one of the major flash points in the “property rights” debate. This report first outlines the ESA provisions most relevant to the act’s impacts on private property, and then surveys the major ESA-relevant principles of Fifth Amendment takings l.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Biodiversity, Legislative, Information
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go directly to report, PDF _ R40216 - Water Infrastructure Funding in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
12-Mar-2009; Claudia Copeland, Nicole T. Carter; 16 p.
Abstract: On January 28, 2009, the House passed H.R. 1, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. On February 10, the Senate passed an amended version of H.R. 1 (S.Amdt. 570). On February 13, the House and Senate adopted a conference report (H.Rept. 111-16) that reconciled differences between the.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Legislative, Water
2222 
go directly to report _ RL34650 - Implementing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for Disaster Response, Recovery, and Mitigation Projects
8-Sep-2008; Linda Luther; 16 p.
Abstract: In the aftermath of a major disaster, communities may need to rebuild, replace, or possibly even relocate a multitude of structures. When recovery activities take place on such a potentially large scale, compliance with any of a number of local, state, and federal laws or regulations may apply. F.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Legislative, Government
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go directly to report, PDF _ 97-97 - National Environmental Education Act of 1990: Overview, Implementation, and Issues for Congress
24-Aug-2007; David M Bearden; 9 p.
Update: Previous Releases:
August 24, 2007
May 7, 2007
March 19, 2007
December 11, 2006
July 11, 2006
July 24, 2006

/NLE/CRSreports/06feb/97-97.pdf
/NLE/CRSreports/05jun/97-97.pdf
/NLE/CRSreports/05mar/97-97ENR.pdf
/NLE/CRSreports/05mar/97-97.pdf
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Abstract: The role of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in supporting environmental education has been an ongoing issue. For nearly two decades, EPA has been the primary federal agency responsible for assisting schools in improving the quality of environmental education. The National Environmental .... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Legislative, Government, General Interest
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go directly to report _ RL34641 - Changes to Consultation Regulations of the Endangered Species Act (ESA)
2-Feb-2009; Kristina Alexander and M. Lynne Corn; 31 p.
Abstract: The Endangered Species Act (ESA) requires all federal agencies to consult with either the Fish and Wildlife Service or the National Marine Fisheries Service (the Services) to determine whether their actions may jeopardize the continued existence of a listed species or destroy or adversely modify .... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Legislative, Biodiversity
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go directly to report, PDF _ RL34640 - Regulating Ballast Water Discharges: Current Legislative Issues
15-Jan-2009; Claudie Copeland; 14 p.
Update: Previous Editions:
September 8, 2008.... [expand]  [read report]
Abstract: Today there is wide agreement on the need for stronger measures to control ballast water discharges from vessels which are a major pathway for introduction of invasive species into U.S. waters, but there are differing views on how best to do that. Current federal authority to manage ballast water.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Water, Legislative
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go directly to report, PDF _ RL33521 - Gasoline Prices: Causes of Volatility and Congressional Response
13-Nov-2008; Carl E. Behrens and Carol Glover; 17 p.
Update: Previous Releases:
September 25, 2009
February 4, 2008
August 16, 2007
July 27, 2007
/NLE/CRSreports/07Jul/RL33521.pdf
May 29, 2007
February 6, 2007
September 25, 2006
http://www.ncseonline.org/NLE/CRSreports/06Aug/RL33521.pdf
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Abstract: The high price of gasoline was an important consideration during the debate on the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPACT 2005), P.L. 109-58. As prices continued to surge, the continuing crisis renewed attention on some issues that were dropped or compromised in the debate over P.L. 109-58, as well as .... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Energy, Legislative, Economics & Trade
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