Materials of Interest for the Agriculture & Energy Committee and the Environment Committee: Fall Forum 2010


December 9, 2010

*Below is information that NCSL A&E Committee and Environment Committee staff has identified as possible materials of interest to members of the A&E Committee and Environment Committee. We have included a URL for each item; however, if you have any problems retrieving the documents, please contact Max Behlke at 202.624-3586, or via email at max.behlke@ncsl.org, for assistance.


Congressional Materials

S. 3516, OCS Reform Act of 2010- http://energy.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=IssueItems.View&IssueItem_ID=6a24bb5c-11f7-4980-83fa-177f477cecbb

S. 3434, Home Star Retrofit Energy Act of 2010- http://energy.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=IssueItems.View&IssueItem_ID=24dea252-01ef-4d6a-a17d-03ac78eb0dfd

Energy Efficiency Tax Incentive Bills- http://energy.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=IssueItems.View&IssueItem_ID=1921e893-aa53-4d04-8ca5-f79d3b1a6a1b


U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
DOE Announces $57 Million for Small Businesses to Support Technology Commercialization- http://www1.eere.energy.gov/financing/news_detail.html?news_id=16332

Department of Energy Announces $188 Million for Small Business Technology Commercialization- http://www1.eere.energy.gov/financing/news_detail.html?news_id=16210

State Energy Program- http://www1.eere.energy.gov/wip/sep.html

Community Energy Financing- http://www.smartcommunities.ncat.org/municipal/financing.shtml

Interagency Task Force on Carbon Capture and Storage- http://www.fossil.energy.gov/programs/sequestration/ccs_task_force.html

Third Carbon Sequestration Atlas Estimates Up to 5,700 Years of CO2 Storage Potential in U.S. and Portions of Canada- http://www.fossil.energy.gov/news/techlines/2010/10058-Third_Edition_of_Carbon_Sequestrat.html

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
NERC Releases Assessment on Resource Adequacy Impacts of EPA Regulations
Press release: http://www.nerc.com/fileUploads/File/PressReleases/PR_EPA_26_Oct_10.pdf
Report: http://www.nerc.com/files/EPA_Scenario_Final.pdf

Climate Economics- http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/economics/index.html

Greenhouse Gas Emissions- http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/emissions/index.html

Subpart RR–Geologic Sequestration of Carbon Dioxide- http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/emissions/subpart/rr.html

Ground Water- http://water.epa.gov/lawsregs/rulesregs/sdwa/regulationsunderdevelopment.cfm

Grants and Other Funding under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA)- http://water.epa.gov/grants_funding/sdwa/index.cfm

EPA Regulatory Initiatives- http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/initiatives/index.html

U.S. Climate Policy and Actions- http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/policy/index.html


U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

How Do U.S. Farmers Plan for Retirement?- http://www.ers.usda.gov/AmberWaves/April05/Features/FarmRetirement.htm

State Departments of Agriculture- http://www.rma.usda.gov/other/stateag.html

Healthy Animals Archive- http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/np/ha/index.html

Commodity Forecasts- http://www.usda.gov/oce/commodity/wasde/

National Agricultural Statistics Service- Crop Production: http://usda.mannlib.cornell.edu/MannUsda/viewDocumentInfo.do?documentID=1046

Season-Average Price Forecasts (Crops)- http://www.ers.usda.gov/Data/PriceForecast/

Aquaculture Data- http://www.ers.usda.gov/Data/Aquaculture/

Foreign Agricultural Trade of the United States (FATUS)- http://www.ers.usda.gov/Data/FATUS/#monthly

Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports

Measuring Equity in Farm Support Levels
RL34053 - July 20, 2010- http://opencrs.com/document/RL34053/

Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Selected Issues for Congress
R41262 - July 15, 2010- http://opencrs.com/document/R41262/

Tax Issues and the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill: Legal Analysis of Payments and Tax Relief Policy Options
R41323 - July 15, 2010- http://opencrs.com/document/R41323/

Agricultural Credit: Institutions and Issues
RS21977 - July 14, 2010- http://opencrs.com/document/RS21977/

Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Disaster: Risk, Recovery, and Insurance Implications R41320 - July 12, 2010- http://opencrs.com/document/R41320/

Farm Safety Net Programs: Issues for the Next Farm Bill
R41317 - July 09, 2010- http://opencrs.com/document/R41317/

Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP): Status and Issues
R40197 - July 08, 2010- http://opencrs.com/document/R40197/

Previewing Dairy Policy Options for the Next Farm Bill
R41141 - July 07, 2010- http://opencrs.com/document/R41141/

The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Coastal Wetland and Wildlife Impacts and Response
R41311 - July 07, 2010- http://opencrs.com/document/R41311/

Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP): Status and Issues
R41296 - June 22, 2010- http://opencrs.com/document/R41296/

Renegotiation of the Standard Reinsurance Agreement (SRA) for Federal Crop Insurance
R40966 - June 10, 2010- http://opencrs.com/document/R40966/

Consolidation and Concentration in the U.S. Dairy Industry
R41224 - April 27, 2010- http://opencrs.com/document/R41224/

Actual Farm Bill Spending and Cost Estimates
R41195 - April 20, 2010- http://opencrs.com/document/R41195/

Agricultural Conservation: A Guide to Programs
R40763 - March 25, 2010- http://opencrs.com/document/R40763/

Agricultural Disaster Assistance
RS21212 - September 16, 2010- http://opencrs.com/document/RS21212/

The 2010 Oil Spill: Natural Resource Damage Assessment Under the Oil Pollution Act
R41396 - September 08, 2010- http://opencrs.com/document/R41396/

The "Deeming Resolution": A Budget Enforcement Tool
RL31443 - September 02, 2010- http://opencrs.com/document/RL31443/

Clean Air Issues in the 111th Congress
R40145 - September 01, 2010- http://opencrs.com/document/R40145/

Nuclear Power Plant Security and Vulnerabilities
RL34331 - August 23, 2010- http://opencrs.com/document/RL34331/

Waiver Authority Under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS)
RS22870 - August 20, 2010- http://opencrs.com/document/RS22870/

U.S. Trade Deficit and the Impact of Changing Oil Prices
RS22204 - August 19, 2010- http://opencrs.com/document/RS22204/

Federal Research and Development Funding: FY2011
R41098 - August 19, 2010- http://opencrs.com/document/R41098/

The 2010 Oil Spill: MMS/BOEMRE and NEPA
R41265 - August 19, 2010- http://opencrs.com/document/R41265/

The Federal Food Safety System: A Primer
RS22600 - August 18, 2010- http://opencrs.com/document/RS22600/

Unfunded Mandates Reform Act: History, Impact, and Issues
R40957 - August 13, 2010- http://opencrs.com/document/R40957/

Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP): Status and Issues
R41296 - August 13, 2010- http://opencrs.com/document/R41296/

Proposed Amendments to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA): Senate and House Bills Compared with Current Law
R41335 - August 12, 2010- http://opencrs.com/document/R41335/

Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response: The SAFER Grant Program
RL33375 - August 11, 2010- http://opencrs.com/document/RL33375/

Asian Carp and the Great Lakes Region
R41082 - August 06, 2010- http://opencrs.com/document/R41082/

The FY2011 Federal Budget
R41097 - August 04, 2010- http://opencrs.com/document/R41097/

Federal Advisory Committees: An Overview
R40520 - August 02, 2010- http://opencrs.com/document/R40520/

The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Coastal Wetland and Wildlife Impacts and Response
R41311 - August 05, 2010- http://opencrs.com/document/R41311/

Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Selected Issues for Congress
R41262 - July 30, 2010- http://opencrs.com/document/R41262/

Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA): Selected Regulatory and Legislative Issues
RL34201 - July 27, 2010- http://opencrs.com/document/RL34201/

Issues in Green Building and the Federal Response: An Introduction
R40147 - July 20, 2010- http://opencrs.com/document/R40147/

Ocean Commissions: Ocean Policy Review and Outlook
RL33603 - July 20, 2010- http://opencrs.com/document/RL33603/

Job Loss and Infrastructure Job Creation Spending During the Recession R40080 - July 19, 2010- http://opencrs.com/document/R40080/

Country-of-Origin Labeling for Foods
RS22955 - July 15, 2010- http://opencrs.com/document/RS22955/

Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS): Overview and Issues
R40155 - October 14, 2010- http://opencrs.com/document/R40155/

Pesticide Use and Water Quality: Are the Laws Complementary or in Conflict?
RL32884 - October 13, 2010- http://opencrs.com/document/RL32884/

Changes in the Arctic: Background and Issues for Congress
R41153 - October 08, 2010- http://opencrs.com/document/R41153/

Food Safety in the 111th Congress: H.R. 2749 and S. 510
R40443 - October 07, 2010- http://opencrs.com/document/R40443/

Biomass Feedstocks for Biopower: Background and Selected Issues R41440 - October 06, 2010- http://opencrs.com/document/R41440/

Federal Research and Development Funding: FY2011
R41098 - October 04, 2010- http://opencrs.com/document/R41098/

Safeguarding the Nation's Drinking Water: EPA and Congressional Actions
RL31294 - September 30, 2010- http://opencrs.com/document/RL31294/

Biomass: Comparison of Definitions in Legislation Through the 111th Congress
R40529 - October 28, 2010- http://opencrs.com/document/R40529/

Water Infrastructure Projects Designated in EPA Appropriations: Trends and Policy Implications
RL32201 - October 28, 2010- http://opencrs.com/document/RL32201/

Food Safety in the 111th Congress: H.R. 2749 and S. 510
R40443 - October 15, 2010- http://opencrs.com/document/R40443/

The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Coastal Wetland and Wildlife Impacts and Response
R41311 - October 15, 2010- http://opencrs.com/document/R41311/

Agriculture-Based Biofuels: Overview and Emerging Issues
R41282 - October 14, 2010- http://opencrs.com/document/R41282/

Government Accountability Office (GAO) Reports
Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation: Biomass Crop Assistance Program, GAO-11-183R, November 10, 2010- http://www.gao.gov/decisions/majrule/d11183r.htm

Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement: Oil and Gas and Sulphur Operations in the Outer Continental Shelf--Increased Safety Measures for Energy Development on the Outer Continental Shelf, GAO-11-155R, October 26, 2010- http://www.gao.gov/decisions/majrule/d11155r.htm

Energy-Water Nexus: A Better and Coordinated Understanding of Water Resources Could Help Mitigate the Impacts of Potential Oil Shale Development- http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d1135.pdf

Anticipating and Meeting Accountability Challenges in a Dynamic Environment- http://www.gao.gov/cghome/d10955cg.pdf

Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation: Biomass Crop Assistance Program- http://www.gao.gov/decisions/majrule/d11183r.htm

Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency: Crop Assistance Program- http://www.gao.gov/decisions/majrule/d11175r.htm

Agricultural Chemicals: USDA Could Enhance Pesticide and Fertilizer Usage Data, Improve Outreach, and Better Leverage Resources- http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d1137.pdf

Congressional Budget Office (CBO)
S. 3614, Oil Spill Response Act- http://www.cbo.gov/ftpdocs/119xx/doc11928/s3614.pdf

H.R. 5892, Water Resources Development Act of 2010- http://www.cbo.gov/ftpdocs/118xx/doc11884/hr5892.pdf

Managing Allowance Prices in a Cap-and-Trade Program- http://www.cbo.gov/doc.cfm?index=11872&zzz=41362

Estimated Impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act on Employment and Economic Output From July 2010 Through September 2010- http://www.cbo.gov/doc.cfm?index=11975&zzz=41401

Annual Estimates of the Loss in Households' Purchasing Power Under H.R. 2454- http://www.cbo.gov/doc.cfm?index=10524&zzz=40701

A Review of CBO's Activities in 2009 Under the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act- http://www.cbo.gov/doc.cfm?index=10485&zzz=40679

Federal Climate Change Programs: Funding History and Policy Issues- http://www.cbo.gov/doc.cfm?index=11224&zzz=40648

The Budget and Economic Outlook: An Update- http://www.cbo.gov/doc.cfm?index=11705&zzz=41166

Reports & Material from Other Sources
Electrification Coalition- http://www.electrificationcoalition.org/reports/EC-Fleet-Roadmap-screen.pdf
USGS report on rare earth Elements (press release: http://www.usgs.gov/newsroom/article.asp?ID=2642)
Report: The Principal Rare Earth Elements Deposits of the United States—A Summary of Domestic Deposits and a Global Perspective (http://pubs.usgs.gov/sir/2010/5220/downloads/SIR10-5220.pdf)