Waste Management
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go directly to report, PDF _ RL34043 - Interstate Shipment of Municipal Solid Waste: 2007 Update
13-Jun-2007; James E. McCarthy; 30 p.
Abstract: This report, which replaces a 2004 report on the same subject (CRS Report RL32570), provides updated information on interstate shipment of municipal solid waste (MSW). Since the late 1980s, Congress has considered, but not enacted, numerous bills that would allow states to impose restrictions.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Waste Management, Transportation, Information
go directly to report, PDF _ RS21988 - Radioactive Tank Waste from the Past Production of Nuclear Weapons: Background and Issues for Congress
; David M. Bearden and Anthony Andrews; 6 p.
Update: 06/13/2006 August 28, 2006

Previous Releases:
NLE/CRSreports/05Jun/RS21988.pdf.... [expand]  [read report]
Abstract: How to safely dispose of wastes from producing nuclear weapons has been an ongoing issue. The most radioactive portion of these wastes is stored in underground tanks at Department of Energy (DOE) sites in Idaho, South Carolina, and Washington State. There have been concerns about soil and groundw.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Waste Management, Federal Agencies, Legislative

go directly to report, PDF _ RL33432 - U.S. Disposal of Chemical Weapons in the Ocean: Background and Issues for Congress
3-Jan-2007; David M. Bearden; 25 p.
Update: July 13, 2007

October 23, 2006
Previous Releases:
July 28, 2006

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Abstract: The U.S. Armed Forces disposed of chemical weapons in the ocean from World War I through 1970. At that time, it was thought that the vastness of ocean waters would absorb chemical agents that may leak from these weapons. However, public concerns about human health and environmental risks, and the ec.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Government, Waste Management, Water

go directly to report, PDF _ RS22285 - Hurricane-Damaged Drinking Water and Wastewater Facilities: Impacts, Needs, and Response
15-Dec-2006; Claudia Copeland; 6 p.
Update: Previous Releases:
August 1, 2006
May 24, 2006
March 2006
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Abstract: Throughout the Gulf Coast region, high winds and water from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005 damaged a wide range of public service facilities, including drinking water supply and treatment and sewage treatment plants. Restoring those facilities is part of the overall cleanup and restoration proc.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Waste Management, Water, General Interest
go directly to report, PDF _ RL32163 - Radioactive Waste Streams: Waste Classification for Disposal
14-Dec-2006; Anthony Andrews; 41 p.
Update: Previous Releases:
September 12, 2005
June 28, 2005
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Abstract: Radioactive waste is a byproduct of nuclear weapons production, commercial nuclear power generation, and the naval reactor program. Waste byproducts also result from radioisotopes used for scientific, medical, and industrial purposes. The legislative definitions adopted for radioactive wastes, fo.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Waste Management, Energy, Information
go directly to report, PDF _ RL32993 - Abandoned Mine Reclamation Fee on Coal
24-Apr-2006; Nonna A. Noto; 13 p.
Update: August 31, 2006 Previous releases:
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Abstract: The Abandoned Mine Reclamation Fund, also known as the Abandoned Mine Land (AML) Fund, is financed by fees levied per ton of domestically produced coal. The fee is 35 cents per ton for surface-mined coal, 15 cents per ton for undergroundmined coal, and 10 cents per ton for lignite. The fund and t.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Natural Resources, Waste Management
go directly to report, PDF _ RL33115 - Cleanup after Hurricane Katrina: Environmental Considerations
3-May-2006; Robert Esworthy, Linda Jo Schierow, Claudia Copeland, Linda Luther, and Jonathan L. Ramseur; 35 p.
Update: June 19, 2006

Previous Releases:
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Abstract: Local, state, and federal responders face numerous cleanup challenges associated with Hurricane Katrina. In Mississippi, Alabama, and parts of Louisiana, much of the focus has been on restoring infrastructure and managing debris and waste. In New Orleans, where most damage was due to floodwaters,.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Waste Management, Water

go directly to report, PDF _ IB92059 - Civilian Nuclear Waste Disposal
24-Feb-2006; Mark Holt; 19 p.
Update: June 1, 2006

MOST RECENT DEVELOPMENTS: President Bush’s FY2007 budget request, submitted to Congress on February 6, would provide $544.5 million for the Department of Energy (DOE) civilian nuclear waste program, $50 million above the FY2006 level. The FY2006 appropriation sets aside $50 millio.... [expand]  [read report]
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 new storage and disposal facilities have frequently been cha.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Waste Management, Energy, Pollution

go directly to report, HTML _ 98-638 - Waste Trade and the Basel Convention: Background and Update
30-Dec-1998; Mary Tiemann; 6 p.
Abstract: The United States played a major role in developing the 1989 United Nations-sponsored Basel Convention on the Control of the Transboundry Movement of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal, a key purpose of which is to protect countries from receiving unwanted shipments of wastes. The Convention entere.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Waste Management
go directly to report, HTML _ 96-25 - Superfund Reauthorization in the Senate: A Summary of S. 1285
29-Dec-1995; Mark Reisch; 9 p.
Abstract: The Superfund reauthorization vehicle in the Senate is S. 1285, introduced on September 29, 1995, by Senator Bob Smith, chairman of a subcommittee of the Environment and Public Works Committee. Title I authorizes the establishment of Community Response Organizations in Superfund locales, and increas.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Waste Management
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