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go directly to report, PDF _ RL34573 - Does the Endangered Species Act (ESA) Listing Provide More Protection of the Polar Bear?: A Look at the Special Rules
10-Nov-2010; Kristina Alexander; 16 p.
Update: Previous editions:
October 16, 2009
September 2, 2008
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Abstract: The polar bear has been protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) since 1972, meaning that it is illegal to kill or harass the bear or to transport or trade its parts (with a few exceptions). The Endangered Species Act (ESA) also prohibits killing or harming listed species. Some ask.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Climate Change, General Interest, Legislative
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go directly to report, PDF _ R40850 - Managing Electronic Waste: Issues with Exporting E-Waste
27-Sep-2010; Linda Luther; 16 p.
Abstract: Electronic waste (e-waste) is a term that is used loosely to refer to obsolete, broken, or irreparable electronic devices like televisions, computer central processing units (CPUs), computer monitors (flat screen and cathode ray tubes), laptops, printers, scanners, and associated wiring. E-waste h.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Waste Management, Legislative
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go directly to report, PDF _ RL33404 - Offshore Oil and Gas Development: Legal Framework
20-Sep-2010; Adam Vann; 26 p.
Update: Previous Releases:
April 6, 2010
August 5, 2008
January 30, 2008
January 30, 2007
September 21, 2007
March 3, 2007
January 3, 2007
July 28, 2006
July 14, 2006
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Abstract: The development of offshore oil, gas, and other mineral resources in the United States is impacted by a number of interrelated legal regimes, including international, federal, and state laws. International law provides a framework for establishing national ownership or control of offshore areas, .... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Natural Resources, Legislative, Marine
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go directly to report, PDF _ RS21613 - Conservation Reserve Program: Status and Current Issues
15-Sep-2010; Tadlock Cowan; 14 p.
Update: Previous releases:
May 20, 2010
September 11, 2008
January 3, 2008
August 16, 2007
Februaru 14, 2007
February 4, 2005
May 19, 2005.... [expand]  [read report]
Abstract: The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), enacted in 1985, provides payments to farmers to take highly erodible or environmentally sensitive cropland out of production for ten years or more. It is the federal government’s largest private land retirement program. The program is administered by the F.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Agriculture, Natural Resources, Legislative
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go directly to report, PDF _ 97-290 - Stormwater Permits: Status of EPA’s Regulatory Program
25-Aug-2010; Claudia Copeland; 13 p.
Update: Previous Releases:
August 26, 2008
May 27, 2008
December 14, 2006
November 1, 2005
August 25, 2005
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Abstract: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and states are implementing a federally mandated program for controlling stormwater discharges from industrial facilities and municipalities. Large cities and most industry sources are subject to rules issued in 1990, and EPA issued permit rules to cover .... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Risk & Reform, Federal Agencies, Legislative
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go directly to report, PDF _ RL32431 - Particulate Matter (PM2.5): Implementation of the 1997 National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS)
24-Aug-2010; Robert Esworthy; 33 p.
Update: Previous releases:
November 26, 2008
October 4, 2007
October 6, 2006
January 30, 2006
September 17, 2004
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Abstract: Particulate matter (PM), including fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and larger, but still inhalable particles (PM10), is one of the six principal pollutants for which the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has set National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) under the Clean Air Act (CAA).... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Air, Federal Agencies, Legislative
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go directly to report, PDF _ RL34331 - Nuclear Power Plant Security and Vulnerabilities
23-Aug-2010; Mark Holt and Anthony Andrews ; 14 p.
Update: Previous releases:
January 18, 2008
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Abstract: The physical security of nuclear power plants and their vulnerability to deliberate acts of terrorism was elevated to a national security concern following the attacks of September 11, 2001. Since the attacks, Congress has repeatedly focused oversight and legislative attention on nuclear power pl.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Energy, Legislative, Risk & Reform
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go directly to report, PDF _ R41335 - Proposed Amendments to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA): Senate and House Bills Compared with Current Law
12-Aug-2010; Linda-Jo Schierow; 69 p.
Abstract: On April 15, 2010, Senator Lautenberg introduced legislation (S. 3209) to amend the core provisions of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Title I. Representatives Waxman and Rush introduced comprehensive legislation to amend TSCA (H.R. 5820) on July 22, 2010. This report compares key provisi.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Pollution, Legislative
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go directly to report, PDF _ RL32218 - Pesticide Registration and Tolerance Fees: An Overview
11-Aug-2010; Robert Esworthy; 30 p.
Update: Previous Releases:
August 18, 2008
February 12, 2008
September 6, 2007
May 4, 2007
/NLE/CRSreports/07Jun/RL32218.pdf
January 2, 2007
July 28, 2006
May 19, 2006
/NLE/CRSreports/04Feb/RL32218.pdf
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Abstract: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is responsible for regulating the sale, use, and distribution of pesticides under the authority of two statutes. The Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) (7 U.S.C.136-136y), a licensing statute, requires EPA to review and regis.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Pesticides, Federal Agencies, Legislative
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go directly to report, PDF _ RL34238 - Gray Wolves Under the Endangered Species Act: Distinct Population Segments and Experimental Populations
10-Aug-2010; Kristina Alexander and M. Lynne Corn; 20 p.
Update: Previous releases:
April 28, 2010
February 13, 2009
January 28, 2008
January 28, 2007
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Abstract: The wolf was among the first animals protected under the Endangered Species Preservation Act, a predecessor to the current Endangered Species Act (ESA). In 1978 the gray wolf was listed as endangered in all of the conterminous 48 states except Minnesota, where it was listed as threatened. With th.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Biodiversity, Legislative, Science & Technology
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