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go directly to report, PDF _ RL33426 - Superfund: Implementation and Selected Issues
24-May-2007; Jonathan L. Ramseur and Mark Reisch; 24 p.
Update: Previous Releases:
May 2, 2007
May 17, 2006
July 28, 2006
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Abstract: Superfund is the federal government’s principal program for cleaning up the nation’s contaminated waste sites and protecting public health and the environment from releases of hazardous substances. Enacted into law as the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERC.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Pollution, Legislative, Risk & Reform
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go directly to report, PDF _ RL33971 - Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Pipelines for Carbon Sequestration: Emerging Policy Issues
19-Apr-2007; Paul W. Parfomak and Peter Folger; 21 p.
Abstract: Congress is examining potential approaches to reducing manmade contributions to global warming from U.S. sources. One approach is carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) — capturing CO2 at its source (e.g., a power plant) and storing it indefinitely (e.g., underground) to avoid its release to the .... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Pollution, Legislative, Climate Change
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go directly to report, PDF _ RL33477 - Disaster Debris Removal After Hurricane Katrina: Status and Associated Issues
24-Apr-2007; Linda Luther; 24 p.
Update: Previous Releases:
September 7, 2006

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Abstract: Hurricane Katrina produced unprecedented destruction, resulting in disaster debris from vegetation and man-made structures. Before Katrina, the event that left behind the greatest recorded amount of disaster-related debris in the United States was Hurricane Andrew in 1992, which generated 43 million.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Risk & Reform, Government, Pollution
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go directly to report, PDF _ RL30853 - Clean Air Act: A Summary of the Act and Its Major Requirements
15-Feb-2007; James E. McCarthy, Claudia Copeland, Larry Parker, and Linda-Jo Schierow; 26 p.
Abstract: This report summarizes the Clean Air Act and its major regulatory requirements. It excerpts, with minor modifications, the Clean Air Act chapter of CRS Report RL30798, which summarizes a dozen environmental statutes that form the basis for the programs of the Environmental Protection Agency.

The.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Air, Legislative, Pollution

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go directly to report, PDF _ RL33535 - Mercury Emissions from Electric Power Plants: States Are Setting Stricter Limits
22-Feb-2007; James E. McCarthy; 23 p.
Update: Previous Releases:

July 11, 2006

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Abstract: In March 2005, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promulgated the first national emission standards for mercury emissions from electric power plants. EPA studies conclude that about 6% of American women of child-bearing age have blood mercury levels sufficient to increase the risk of .... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Pollution, Energy, Water

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go directly to report, PDF _ RS21599 - Brownfields Tax Incentive Extension
19-Jan-2007; Mark Reisch; 5 p.
Update: Previous releases: 10/17/2006.... [expand]  [read report]
Abstract: The brownfields tax incentive expired on December 31, 2005. Enacted in 1997, the provision allowed a taxpayer to fully deduct the costs of environmental cleanup in the year the costs were incurred (called “expensing”), rather than spreading the costs over a period of years (“capitalizing”). The prov.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Pollution, General, Government
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go directly to report, PDF _ RL33575 - Cleanup at Abandoned Hardrock Mines: Issues Raised by “Good Samaritan” Legislation in the 109th Congress
15-Dec-2006; Claudia Copeland and Robert Meltz; 26 p.
Update: Previous releases:
December 15, 2006

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Abstract: In the 109th Congress, several bills were introduced to address the legacy of pollution from inactive and abandoned hardrock mines (IAMs) that degrades the environment throughout the United States, particularly in the West. The Environmental Protection Agency has estimated that 40% of headwaters .... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Pollution, Legislative, Natural Resources

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go directly to report, PDF _ RL33466 - Water Quality: Implementing the Clean Water Act
12-Dec-2006; Claudia Copeland; 22 p.
Update: Previous releases:
July 30, 2006
December 12, 2006
June 12, 2006

MOST RECENT DEVELOPMENTS:
Congress has begun consideration of legislation to fund EPA’s clean water and other programs for FY2007. The President’s budget, released in February, requested $687.6 million for gra.... [expand]  [read report]
Abstract: Congress enacted the last major amendments to the Clean Water Act in 1987 (P.L. 100-4). Since then, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), states, and others have been working to implement the many program changes and additions mandated in the law. At issue today — more than 30 years after en.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Water, Legislative, Pollution

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go directly to report, PDF _ RL33465 - Clean Water Act: A Review of Issues in the 109th Congress
4-Jan-2007; Claudia Copeland; 21 p.
Update: Previous releases:
December 15, 2006
July 28, 2008
June 12, 2006

MOST RECENT DEVELOPMENTS:
Wastewater security issues are again receiving attention in the 109th Congress. On May 23, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee approved S. 2781, a bill that encourages .... [expand]  [read report]
Abstract: Legislative initiatives to comprehensively amend the Clean Water Act (CWA) have stalled for some time as interested parties have debated whether and exactly how to change the law. Congress has instead focused legislative attention on narrow bills to extend or modify selected CWA programs, but not.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Water, Legislative, Pollution

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Topics: Water, Pollution, Risk & Reform
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