CRS Reports Summer Environmental Round-up

This summer the Congressional Research Service (CRS),  the public policy research arm of Congress, published a number of environmental related research reports on such hot topics as genetically modified crops, wildfires, bio-power, food labeling, chemical regulation and more:


Administrative Law

The Federal Rulemaking Process: An Overview, June 17, 2013

Agriculture Law

The 2013 Farm Bill: A Comparison of the Senate Agriculture Committee-Reported Bill (S. 954) with Current Law, June 14, 2013

Agriculture and Related Agencies: FY2014 Appropriations, June 18, 2013

Agricultural Export Programs: Background and Issues, June 18, 2013

Budget Issues Shaping a Farm Bill in 2013, June 3, 2013

Expiration and Extension of the 2008 Farm Bill, July 31, 2013

Farm Safety Net Provisions in a 2013 Farm Bill: S. 954 and H.R. 1947, July 24, 2013

Hemp as an Agricultural Commodity, July 24, 2013

U.S. Farm Income, August 30, 2013

What Is the Farm Bill?, June 21, 2013

Animal Law

Bee Health: Background and Issues for Congress, August 27, 2013

International Illegal Trade in Wildlife: Threats and U.S. Policy, July 23, 2013

Arctic/Antarctic Law

Changes in the Arctic: Background and Issues for Congress, August 8, 2013

Clean Air Act

Clean Air Issues in the 113th Congress: An Overview, July 15, 2013

EPA Standards for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Power Plants: Many Questions, Some Answers, June 26, 2013

Clean Water Act

Controversies over Redefining “Fill Material” Under the Clean Water Act, August 21, 2013

Climate Change Law

Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS): A Primer, July 16, 2013

Carbon Capture and Sequestration: Research, Development, and Demonstration at the U.S. Department of Energy, June 10, 2013

Climate Change and Existing Law: A Survey of Legal Issues Past, Present, and Future, August 28, 2013

The Global Climate Change Initiative (GCCI): Budget Authority and Request, FY2010-FY2014, May 28, 2013

President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, June 26, 2013

Chemical Regulation

Federal Regulation of Chemicals in Commerce: An Overview of Issues for the 113th Congress, May 30, 2013

Cultural Heritage/Historic Preservation Law

Heritage Areas: Background, Proposals, and Current Issues, June 4, 2013

Disaster Law

The 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Natural Resource Damage Assessment Under the Oil Pollution Act, July 24, 2013

Agricultural Disaster Assistance, August 29, 2013

Earthquake Risk and U.S. Highway Infrastructure: Frequently Asked Questions, June 5, 2013

Earthquakes: Risk, Detection, Warning, and Research, July 18, 2013

Financing Natural Catastrophe Exposure: Issues and Options for Improving Risk Transfer Markets, August 15, 2013

Severe Thunderstorms and Tornadoes in the United States, May 22, 2013

Wildfire Management: Federal Funding and Related Statistics, August 30, 2013

Wildfire Management: Hotshot Crews, July 1, 2013

Energy Law

Analysis of Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), July 22, 2013

Energy Policy: 113th Congress Issues, July 25, 2013

Energy Tax Policy: Issues in the 113th Congress, September 4, 2013

Is Biopower Carbon Neutral?, July 19, 2013

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative: Lessons Learned and Issues for Policymakers, May 21, 2013

EPA & Enforcement

EPA Regulations: Too Much, Too Little, or On Track?, July 16, 2013

Federal Pollution Control Laws: How Are They Enforced?, June 18, 2013

Science and Technology Issues in the 113th Congress, June 20, 2013

Food Law

Country-of-Origin Labeling for Foods and the WTO Trade Dispute on Meat Labeling, July 22, 2013

Deregulating Genetically Engineered Alfalfa and Sugar Beets: Legal and Administrative Responses, May 22, 2013

International Food Aid Programs: Background and Issues, May 20, 2013

Unapproved Genetically Modified Wheat Discovered in Oregon: Status and Implications, June 7, 2013

International Law

International Climate Change Financing: The Climate Investment Funds (CIFs), June 3, 2013

International Environmental Financing: The Global Environment Facility (GEF), June 3, 2013


Nanotechnology: A Policy Primer, June 24, 2013

The National Nanotechnology Initiative: Overview, Reauthorization, and Appropriations Issues, August 29, 2013

Ocean Law

Ocean Acidification, July 30, 2013

Oil & Gas Law

An Overview of Unconventional Oil and Natural Gas: Resources and Federal Actions, July 15, 2013

Hydraulic Fracturing: Selected Legal Issues, July 16, 2013

Keystone XL Pipeline Project: Key Issues, May 7, 2013

Offshore Oil and Gas Development: Legal Framework, June 25, 2013

Water Law

Klamath Basin Settlement Agreements: Issues in Brief, June 18, 2013

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