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go directly to report, PDF _ RL33461 - Civilian Nuclear Waste Disposal
16-Jul-2010; Mark Holt; 26 p.
Update: Previous releases:
November 26, 2007
March 14, 2007
September 19, 2006
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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 proposed storage and disposal facilities have frequently been c.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Waste Management, Energy, Risk & Reform
go directly to report, PDF _ R40883 - Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico: CRS Experts
12-Jul-2010; Johnathan Ramseur; 4 p.
Update: Previous releases:
May 11, 2010
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Abstract: The following table provides access to names and contact information for CRS experts on policy concerns relating to oil spills.

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Topics: Marine, Waste Management, Information

go directly to report, PDF _ RS21201 - Leaking Underground Storage Tanks: Prevention and Cleanup
18-May-2010; Mary Tiemann; 11 p.
Update: Previous Releases:
April 20, 2010
July 10, 2008
February 10, 2008
March 15, 2007
January 3, 2007
March 14, 2006
June 2, 2006

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Abstract: To address a nationwide water pollution problem caused by leaking underground storage tanks (USTs), Congress authorized a leak prevention, detection, and cleanup program in 1984, under Subtitle I of the Solid Waste Disposal Act. In 1986, Congress established the Leaking Underground Storage Tank (.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Pollution, Waste Management, Water

go directly to report, PDF _ RL33558 - Nuclear Energy Policy
27-May-2010; Mark Holt; 35 p.
Update: Previous Releases:
December 10, 2009
September 2, 2008
January 28, 2008
March 26, 2007
December 26, 2006.... [expand]  [read report]
Abstract: Nuclear energy issues facing Congress include federal incentives for new commercial reactors, radioactive waste management policy, research and development priorities, power plant safety and regulation, nuclear weapons proliferation, and security against terrorist attacks.

Significant incentiv.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Energy, Legislative, Waste Management

go directly to report, PDF _ R40813 - Methane Capture: Options for Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction
10-May-2010; Kelsi Bracmort, Johnathan Ramseur, McCarthy, Folger, Marples; 24 p.
Abstract: Research on climate change has identified a wide array of sources that emit greenhouse gases (GHGs). Among the six gases that have generally been the primary focus of concern, methane is the second-most abundant, accounting for approximately 8% of total U.S. GHG emissions in 2008. Methane is emit.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Waste Management
go directly to report, PDF _ 98-323 - Wastewater Treatment: Overview and Background
30-Dec-2009; Claudia Copeland; 9 p.
Update: Previous Releases:
March 20, 2008
February 7, 2005
May 19, 2005
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Abstract: The Clean Water Act prescribes performance levels to be attained by municipal sewage treatment plants in order to prevent the discharge of harmful wastes into surface waters. The act also provides financial assistance so that cities can construct treatment facilities in compliance with the law. T.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Water, Waste Management
go directly to report, PDF _ R40996 - The Yucca Mountain Litigation: Breach of Contract Under the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982
22-Dec-2009; Todd Garvey; 21 p.
Abstract: Over 25 years ago, Congress addressed growing concerns regarding nuclear waste management by calling for federal collection of spent nuclear fuel (SNF) for safe, permanent disposal. To this end, the Department of Energy (DOE) was authorized by statute to enter into contracts with nuclear power pr.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Energy, Waste Management
go directly to report, PDF _ RL31411 - Controversies over Redefining “Fill Material” Under the Clean Water Act
20-Apr-2009; Claudia Copeland; 12 p.
Update: Previous releases:
June 12, 2007
May 19, 2005
February 2, 2005
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Abstract: On May 3, 2002, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (the Corps) announced a regulation redefining two key terms, “fill material” and “discharge of fill material,” in rules that implement Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. This report discusses the 2002 .... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Water, Pollution, Waste Management
go directly to report, PDF _ R40202 - Nuclear Waste Disposal: Alternatives to Yucca Mountain
6-Feb-2009; Mark Holt; 27 p.
Abstract: Congress designated Yucca Mountain, NV, as the nation’s sole candidate site for a permanent high-level nuclear waste repository in 1987, following years of controversy over the site-selection process. Over the strenuous objections of the State of Nevada, the Department of Energy (DOE) submitted a.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Waste Management, Natural Resources
go directly to report, PDF _ RS20672 - Arsenic in Drinking Water: Regulatory Developments and Issues
1-Jul-2008; Mary Tiemann; 6 p.
Update: Previous Releases:
May 1, 2007
January 17, 2007
October 5, 2006
April 29, 2002
December 5, 2005
October 20, 2005 (www.ncseonline.org/nle/crsreports/05oct/RS20672.pdf)
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Abstract: In 2001, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promulgated a new regulation for arsenic in drinking water, as required by 1996 Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments. The rule set the legal limit for arsenic in tap water at 10 parts per billion (ppb), replacing a 50 ppb standard set in 1975, before.... [expand]  [read report]
Topics: Waste Management, Water, Pollution
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