Materials of Interest for the Agriculture & Energy Committee
Legislative Summit 2010

*As of August 13, 2010

Below is information that the NCSL A&E Committee staff has identified as possible materials of interest to members of the A&E Committee. We have included a URL for each item; however, if you have any problem retrieving the documents, please contact Lee Posey at lee.posey@ncsl.org, Tamra Spielvogel at tamra.spielvogel@ncsl.org, or Max Behlke at max.behlke@ncsl.org and we will send you electronic copies of the information. Thanks!

 

NCSL Letters and Testimony

Testimony on Behalf of the National Conference of State Legislatures to the Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future: http://www.ncsl.org/default.aspx?tabid=20436

Consultation on EPA's Proposed Standards for the Management of Coal Combustion Residuals Generated by Electric Power Producers: Executive Order 13132, "Federalism;" and Unfunded Mandates Reform Act (UMRA): http://www.ncsl.org/default.aspx?tabid=18942

 

Congressional Materials

The American Power Act: http://kerry.senate.gov/work/issues/issue/?id=7f6b4d4a-da4a-409e-a5e7-15567cc9e95c

EPA Analysis of the American Power Act: http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/economics/pdfs/EPA_APA_Analysis_6-14-10.pdf

 

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

EECBG and SEP Technical Assistance Program Blog: DOE’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant and State Energy Programs Blog: Technical Assistance Program (TAP) Blog. This platform will allow state, local, and tribal officials to share best practices, as well as connect with TAP’s network of technical experts and EECBG & SEP programmatic staff. http://wip.energy.gov/blog

2009 Release of Supplemental Books to "The Smart Grid: An Introduction": http://www.oe.energy.gov/SmartGridIntroduction.htm

DOE Office of Electricity: Smart Grid: http://www.oe.energy.gov/smartgrid.htm

MOU to Spur Offshore Renewable Energy Projects: Progress alert: http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/news/progress_alerts.cfm/pa_id=361

MOU for Coordinated Deployment of Offshore Wind and Marine and Hydrokinetic Energy Technologies on the US Outer Continental Shelf: http://www1.eere.energy.gov/windandhydro/pdfs/mou_offshore_wind_hydrokinetic_deployment.pdf

NARUC letter to DOE seeking an audit of the Nuclear Waste Fund: http://www.naruc.org/Testimony/NWF%20audit.pdf

NARUC filing before the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Atomic Safety and Licensing Board in opposition to the DOE’s March 3, 2010 Motion to Withdraw: http://www.naruc.org/Filings/10%200517%20%20NARUC%20Answers%20to%20DOE%20Motion%20to%20Withdraw%20with%20Prejudice.pdf

April 5, 2010 NARUC filing before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to petition for Review of the Department of Energy’s decision to reject a request for suspension of the Nuclear Waste Fund: http://www.naruc.org/Filings/10%200402%20NARUC%20Petition%20for%20Review%20Fee%20Adequacy.pdf

March 15, 2010 NARUC filing before the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Petition to intervene as a party in the proceeding on the application of the DOE for a license to construct a high level nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain, Nevada: http://www.naruc.org/Filings/10%200315%20NARUC%20Petition%20to%20Intervene%2063-001-HLW%20fin.pdf

 

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Coal Combustion Waste Rule: http://www.epa.gov/osw/nonhaz/industrial/special/fossil/index.htm

Tailoring Rule and Burden Reductions (PDF): http://www.epa.gov/nsr/documents/20100413final.pdf

Permitting Steps under the Tailoring Rule (PDF): http://www.epa.gov/nsr/documents/20100413timeline.pdf

 

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Food Distribution Regulations and Rulemaking: http://www.fns.usda.gov/fdd/regs/

National Animal Identification System Report: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/traceability/

U.S. Exporter Assistance Report: http://www.fas.usda.gov/agx/ship_doc_req/ship_doc_req.asp

Recent Agricultural Policy Reforms in North America Report: http://www.ers.usda.gov/Publications/WRS0503/

 

Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Rules (R41169 - April 13, 2010: http://opencrs.com/document/R41169/

Changes in the Arctic: Background and Issues for Congress (R41153 - March 30, 2010: http://opencrs.com/document/R41153/

FY2011 Budget Proposals and Projections (R41147 - March 29, 2010: http://opencrs.com/document/R41147/

Deforestation and Climate Change (R41144 - March 24, 2010: http://opencrs.com/document/R41144/

Outer Continental Shelf Moratoria on Oil and Gas Development (R41132 - March 23, 2010: http://opencrs.com/document/R41132/

The Impact of Major Legislation on Budget Deficits: 2001 to 2009 (R41134 - March 23, 2010: http://opencrs.com/document/R41134/

Managing the Nuclear Fuel Cycle: Policy Implications of Expanding Global Access to Nuclear Power (RL34234 - March 05, 2010: http://opencrs.com/document/RL34234/

Accelerated Vehicle Retirement for Fuel Economy: "Cash for Clunkers" (R40654 - March 03, 2010: http://opencrs.com/document/R40654/

Agricultural Disaster Assistance: http://opencrs.com/document/RS21212/

U.S. Offshore Oil and Gas Resources: Prospects and Processes: http://opencrs.com/document/R40645/

Wind Energy: Offshore Permitting: http://opencrs.com/document/R40175/

Agriculture and Climate Change: http://www.eoearth.org/article/Agriculture_and_Climate_Change

Geological Storage Capacity for CO2 in the United States: http://www.eoearth.org/article/Geological_Storage_Capacity_for_CO2_in_the_United_States

The FY2011 Federal Budget (R41097 - June 17, 2010: http://opencrs.com/document/R41097/

 

Government Accountability Office (GAO) Reports

Observations on Options for Selling Emissions Allowances in a Cap-and-Trade Program: http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d10377.pdf

USDA Crop Disaster Programs: Lessons Learned Can Improve Implementation of New Crop Assistance Program: http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d10548.pdf

 

ARRA

Agriculture and Energy Committee ARRA Resources List: http://www.ncsl.org/StateFederalCommittees/AgricultureEnergy/ARRAANNOUNCEMENTSFORTHEAGRICULTUREandENERGY/tabid/18531/Default.aspx

Department of Energy Recovery and Reinvestment Website: http://www.energy.gov/recovery/funding.htm

Environmental Protection Agency Recovery and Reinvestment Website: http://www.epa.gov/recovery/

United States Department of Agriculture Website: http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/arra?navid=USDA_RECOVERY

 

Congressional Budget Office (CBO)

CBO Study on Using Biofuel Tax Credits to Achieve Energy and Environmental Policy Goals: http://cbo.gov/ftpdocs/114xx/doc11477/07-14-Biofuels.pdf

Discussion Draft of the American Power Act: http://cbo.gov/ftpdocs/115xx/doc11565/AmericanPowerActKerryLtr.pdf

Annual Estimates of the Loss in Households' Purchasing Power Under H.R. 2454: http://cbo.gov/ftpdocs/105xx/doc10524/04-20-SmithLetter.pdf

Federal Climate Change Programs: Funding History and Policy Issues: http://cbo.gov/ftpdocs/112xx/doc11224/03-26-ClimateChange.pdf

 

Reports & Material from Other Sources

Carbon Capture and Storage: International Progress and Next Steps: http://iea.org/papers/2010/ccs_g8.pdf

Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future Website: http://brc.gov/