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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
go directly to report, PDF _ RL34614 - Nanotechnology and Environmental, Health, and Safety: Issues for Conseration
29-Sep-2010; John F. Sargent, Jr.; 40 p.
Update: Previous Editions:
February 9, 2009
August 6, 2008
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Abstract: Nanotechnology—a term encompassing nanoscale science, engineering, and technology—is focused on understanding, controlling, and exploiting the unique properties of matter that can emerge at scales of one to 100 nanometers. A key issue before Congress regarding nanotechnology is how best to protec.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Science & Technology, Population, General Interest
go directly to report, PDF _ RL34339 - Coastal Zone Management: Background and Reauthorization Issues
29-Sep-2010; Harold F. Upton; 27 p.
Update: Previous Editions:
June 20, 2008
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Abstract: The Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA) was first enacted in 1972, at a time when coordinated land use planning was generally supported in Congress. Planning was seen as central to protecting natural resources while fostering wise development in the coastal zone. Since 1972, pressures for both pre.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Water, Natural Resources, General Interest
go directly to report, PDF _ 95-307 - U.S. National Science Foundation: An Overview
22-Sep-2010; Christine M. Matthews; 11 p.
Update: Previous Releases:
March 12, 2009
July 3, 2008
May 3, 2007
June 19, 2006
April 19, 2006
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Abstract: The National Science Foundation (NSF) was created by the National Science Foundation Act of 1950, as amended (P.L.81-507). The NSF has the broad mission of supporting science and engineering in general and funding basic research across many disciplines. The agency provides support for investigato.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: General Interest, Federal Agencies
go directly to report, PDF _ RL33275 - The LIHEAP Formula: Legislative History and Current Law
8-Sep-2010; Libby Perl; 38 p.
Update: Previous releases:
August 30, 2007
July 18, 2006
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Abstract: The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provides funds to states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories and commonwealths, and Indian tribal organizations (collectively referred to as grantees) primarily to help low-income households pay home energy expenses. The LIHEAP statut.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Energy, General Interest
go directly to report, PDF _ RS22493 - The Animal Welfare Act: Background and Selected Legislation
8-Dec-2009; Geoffrey S. Becker; 10 p.
Update: Previous releases:
August 6, 2008
March 15, 2007
January 3, 2007
August 10, 2006
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Abstract: The Animal Welfare Act (AWA) was first passed in 1966 to prevent pets from being stolen for sale to research laboratories, and to improve the treatment and well-being of animals intended for research. Congress periodically has amended the act to strengthen enforcement, expand coverage to more ani.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Legislative, General Interest, Information
go directly to report _ RL34429 - Coal Mine Safety and Health
23-Feb-2009; Linda Levine; 17 p.
Update: Previous editions:
September 5, 2008
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Abstract: Safety in the coal mining industry is much improved compared to the early decades of the twentieth century, a time when hundreds of miners could lose their lives in a single accident and more than 1,000 fatalities could occur in a single year. Fatal injuries associated with coal mine accidents fell .... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Energy, General Interest, Natural Resources
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

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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
go directly to report, PDF _ RL34118 - Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA): Implementation and New Challenges
25-Feb-2009; Linda-Jo Schierow; 38 p.
Update: Previous releases:
September 18, 2008
August 3, 2007
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Abstract: Title I of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)of 1976 has never been amended, but recent legal, scientific, and technological changes are prompting some policy makers to reexamine the law. TSCA regulates potential risks of industrial chemicals in U.S. commerce, based on three policies: (1) Ch.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Government, General Interest
go directly to report, PDF _ RL34174 - What Happens to the Bald Eagle Now That It Is Not Protected Under the Endangered Species Act?
17-Sep-2007; Kristina Alexander ; 25 p.
Update: Previous updates:
September 17, 2007
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Abstract: In 2007 the American bald eagle was removed from the list of species protected by the Endangered Species Act (ESA). However, the ESA was not the only statute protecting the eagle. Among the federal statutes protecting the bald eagle are the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act (BGEPA) and the .... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Legislative, General Interest, Information
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