Materials of Interest for the Environment Committee
Legislative Summit 2010 

 *As of August 13, 2010
Below is information that the NCSL Environment Committee staff has identified as possible materials of interest to members of the Environment Committee. We have included a URL for each item; however, if you have any problem retrieving the documents, please contact 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

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 

FY2011 DERA STAG Coalition Letter: http://www.ncsl.org/default.aspx?tabid=20099

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

America’s Commitment to Clean Water Act: http://tinyurl.com/2ctmvo8

Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports  

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

Endangered Species Act, United States: http://www.eoearth.org/article/Endangered_Species_Act,_United_States

Ecosystem restoration in the Great Lakes: the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration Strategy: http://www.eoearth.org/article/Ecosystem_restoration_in_the_Great_Lakes:_the_Great_Lakes_Regional_Collaboration_Strategy

Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Selected Issues for Congress (R41262 - June 18, 2010: http://opencrs.com/document/R41262/

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

Asian Carp and the Great Lakes Region (R41082 - March 31, 2010: http://opencrs.com/document/R41082/

Government Accountability Office (GAO) Reports

Energy-Water Nexus: Many Uncertainties Remain about National and Regional Effects of Increased Biofuel Production on Water Resources: http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d10116.pdf

Oil Spills: Cost of Major Spills May Impact Viability of Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund: http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d10795t.pdf

Clean Air Act: Mercury Control Technologies at Coal-Fired Power Plants Have Achieved Substantial Emissions Reductions: http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d1047.pdf

Environmental Contamination: Information on the Funding and Cleanup Status of Defense Sites: http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d10547t.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):www.epa.gov/nsr/documents/20100413timeline.pdf

 Rulemaking Gateway:A portal to priority rules under development: http://yosemite.epa.gov/opei/RuleGate.nsf/

ARRA  

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

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

Congressional Budget Office (CBO) Reports 

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

How Policies to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions Could Affect Employment: http://cbo.gov/ftpdocs/105xx/doc10564/05-05-CapAndTrade_Brief.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