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August 8, 2012
For years Congress has refused to publish the background reports it gets from the Congressional Research Service (CRS), and for years the Federation of American Scientists' (FAS) Project on Government Secrecy has published leaked copies.
Now there is a bill in Congress (H Res 727) that would mandate publication of the tax-funded reports. But it has gone nowhere.
In the meanwhile, here are some more CRS reports on subjects of interest to environmental reporters, courtesy of the FAS:
- "Changes in the Arctic: Background and Issues for Congress," Congressional Research Service (R41153), August 1, 2012, by Ronald O'Rourke.
- "Mountaintop Mining: Background on Current Controversies," Congressional Research Service (RS21421), August 1, 2012, by Claudia Copeland.
- "The Global Climate Change Initiative (GCCI): Budget Authority and Request, FY2010-FY2013," Congressional Research Service (R41845), July 27, 2012, by Richard K. Lattanzio.
- "Federal Pollution Control Laws: How Are They Enforced?" Congressional Research Service (RL34384), July 7, 2012, by Robert Esworthy.
- "Publishing Scientific Papers with Potential Security Risks: Issues for Congress," Congressional Research Service (R42606), July 12, 2012, by Frank Gottron and Dana A. Shea.
- "Climate Change and Existing Law: A Survey of Legal Issues Past, Present, and Future," Congressional Research Service (R42613), July 23, 2012, by Robert Meltz.
- "Midnight Rulemaking," Congressional Research Service (R42612), July 18, 2012, by Maeve P. Carey.
- "Oil Sands and the Keystone XL Pipeline: Background and Selected Environmental Issues," Congressional Research Service (R42611), July 16, 2012, by Jonathan L. Ramseur, Richard K. Lattanzio, Linda Luther, Paul W. Parfomak, Nicole T. Carter.
- "Hydraulic Fracturing and Safe Drinking Water Act Issues," Congressional Research Service (R41760), July 12, 2012, by Mary Tiemann and Adam Vann.
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