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Michigan’s map of LUST : As state leaders try to figure out how to deal with a backlog of 9,100 leaking underground storage tanks -- or LUSTs -- Michigan residents may want to use this interactive map to discover just how close some of these sites are to homes and schools across the state. Courtesy of Bridge, Issue 55, April 3, 2012.
2012 Year of Entry State Forest Compartment Review Maps. Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
Assessing the Potential Impacts of Climate Change on Food- and Waterborne Diseases in Europe
Presents the findings of a comprehensive literature review to identify links between six food and waterborne pathogens and meteorological and climate variables caused by the effects of global warming in Europe. From the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.
Atlantic Geological and Geophysical Activities Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS)
Federal authorities have taken a step toward development of energy resources off the Atlantic Coast. The Environmental Impact Statements assess the environmental effects of seismic studies and other geological activities related to oil and gas exploration and development in the Mid- and South-Atlantic Planning Areas. From the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.
Baselines in Environmental Markets: Tradeoffs Between Cost and Additionality
Discusses controversies surrounding emerging markets that allow farmers to sell credits for environmental improvements in water quality, carbon sequestration, wetlands restoration, and other areas. The controversies relate to the selection of baseline emissions levels which determine whether the projects qualify for market credits. From the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture
Bumble bees of the eastern United States. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Pollinator Partnership, 2011.
Electric generating utility mercury specialization profiles for the Clear [i.e. Clean] Air Mercury Rule. Research Triangle Park, N.C. : U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, Air Quality Assessment Division, Emissions Inventory and Analysis Group, 2011.
Electronic Waste: Actions Need to Provide Assurance That Used Federal Electronics Are Disposed of in an Environmentally Responsible Manner
The federal government discards 10,000 computers each week. This report examines key initiatives aimed at improving federal recycling of electronics, the accomplishments attained, and challenges that impede progress. From the Government Accountability Office.
Emissions overview: hazardous air pollutants in support of the final Mercury and Air Toxics Standard. Research Triangle Park, N.C.: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, Air Quality Assessment Division, Emissions Inventory and Analysis Group, 2011.
Energy Projects on Federal Lands: Leasing and Authorization
Recent concerns over energy supply and pricing have led some to look increasingly to federal lands as a potential energy source. This report explains the legal framework for energy leasing /permitting for lands under the control of the federal government. The report covers the laws and regulations affecting both leasing of federal land for exploration for fossil fuel sources and for use of federal lands for renewable energy projects. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists.
Europe’s Energy Security: Options and Challenges to Natural Gas Supply Diversification
Describes the challenges that European nations face in obtaining a secure energy supply and how they have turned to Russia for supplies of natural gas. This report focuses on potential approaches that Europe might employ to diversify its sources of natural gas supply and identifies some of the issues hindering efforts to develop alternative suppliers of natural gas. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists.
Exploring the Relationship Between Outdoor Recreation Activities, Community Participation, and Environmental Attitudes
The purpose of this study is to explore the relationship between environmental attitudes and environmentally-responsible behavior at both general and activity-specific levels using a survey of people who used motorized all-terrain and off-road vehicles. From an academic study sponsored by the Forest Service
Federal Financial Support for the Development and Production of Fuels and Energy Technologies
Reviews the tax preferences and federal spending programs, totaling some $24 billion in 2011, that provide incentives for the production of fuels and energy technologies. Also covers historical trends in these programs and assesses the cost-effectiveness of government energy-related actions. From the Congressional Budget Office.
Forest Service Report Shows Forest Growth in North Outpacing Other Parts of Country.
The Future of Environmental Compliance Incentives in U.S. Agriculture: The Role of Commodity, Conservation, and Crop Insurance Programs
Discusses the possibility that direct payments to farmers as a major form of agriculture assistance could end due to budget constraints. Potential loss of such assistance has been major incentive for farmers to comply with environmental conservation requirements. Search for other incentives will be needed. From the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The Global Climate Change Initiative (GCCI): Budget Authority and Request, FY2010-FY2013
Describes in brief the purpose of the Global Climate Change Initiative program, recent spending levels, and the Congressional role in supporting the program. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists.
Green Goods and Services
Describes a new federal survey that will attempt to provide a measure of national state employment in industries that produce goods and services that benefit the environment. From the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Integrated Watershed-Scale Response to Climate Change for Selected Basins Across the United States
Evaluates the different hydrologic response of 14 selected water basins in the U.S. to different projected carbon emission scenarios of the 21st Century. From the U.S. Geological Survey.
Lake Superior Regulation: Addressing Uncertainty in Upper Great Lakes Water Levels. Final Report to the International Joint Commission, March 2012.
Land use and its patterns in the United States. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, 1959.
Methods and equations for estimating aboveground volume, biomass, and carbon for trees in the U.S. forest inventory, 2010. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station, 2011.
National-scale assessment of mercury risk to populations with high consumption of self-caught freshwater fish: in support of the appropriate and necessary finding for coal-and oil-fired electric generating units. Research Triangle Park, N.C.: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, Health and Environmental Impacts Division, 2011.
Presidential Memorandum: Proposed Revised Habitat for the Spotted Owl: Minimizing Regulatory Burdens
Memorandum which outlines considerations that the Interior Department must follow in proposing areas that will provide critical habitat for the Northern Spotted Owl. From the White House
Renewable Energy: Federal Agencies Implement Hundreds of Initiatives
Rising energy costs, reliance on foreign sources, and concerns about climate change have spurred federal agencies to experiment with renewable energy projects. At present there is no comprehensive inventory of such federal projects raising concerns about expensive duplication of effort. This report is an attempt to identify such projects and the roles that federal agencies were undertaking. See also: Renewable Energy: An Inventory of Fiscal Year 2010 Federal Initiatives From the Government Accountability Office.
A review of nuclear safety in light of the impact of natural disasters on Japanese nuclear facilities. Hearing before a subcommittee of the Committee on Appropriations, United States Senate, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, second session, special hearing, March 30, 2011, Washington, DC. United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Appropriations. Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development. Washington: U.S. G.P.O., 2012.
Sackett v. EPA
Unanimous Supreme Court decision that property owners can challenge federal agency decisions relating to the use of their property by seeking judicial review of the agency decision. The case involved Idaho property owners who were prevented from building a house on land that the Environmental Protection Agency considered a protected wetland. From the Cornell University Legal Information Institute.
This report defines sustainability as the long-term maintenance and enhancement of human well-being within finite planetary resources. This Postnote summarizes environmental, economic, and social issues in defining and achieving sustainability. From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology.
Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions for New Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units
Proposed rule which limits carbon dioxide emissions from new electricity-generating power plants to 1,000 pounds of CO2 per megawatt-hour of electricity produced. The proposed rule, a response to a 2007 Supreme Court ruling, is seen by some as the end of the coal-fired power plant. From the Environmental Protection Agency.
State Renewable Electricity Profiles 2010. U.S. Energy Information Administration. U.S. Department of Energy. 2012.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Land-Based Wind Energy Guidelines
These voluntary guidelines provide a structured, scientific process for addressing wildlife conservation concerns at all stages of land-based wind energy development. The guidelines discuss various risks to species of concern from aspects of wind energy projects and are designed to minimize impacts of such projects on wildlife and their habitats. From the Interior Department.
Virginia on Track to Install America’s First Offshore Wind Energy Turbine
Press release which announces approval by the Virginia Marine Resources Commission for construction of a 479 foot tall wind turbine generator in the lower Chesapeake Bay. The project will also require approval from the Army Corps of Engineers and review by the Coast Guard. A scientific study, proposed by the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, of the potential impact on marine life of the turbine’s noise during various wind and weather conditions will also have to be completed. From the Governor’s Office.
Water-quality characteristics of Michigan’s inland lakes, 2001-10 [Microsoft Excel required to view Appendix]. Reston, VA: U.S. Dept. of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey, 2012.
The Obama administration and five states have reached an agreement to speed up approval of offshore wind farms in the Great Lakes, which have been delayed by cost concerns and public opposition.
Under the deal, state and federal agencies will craft a blueprint for speeding regulatory review of proposed wind farms without sacrificing environmental and safety standards.
Critics say the farms would ruin spectacular vistas, lower property values and harm birds and fish.
For the full article, see John Flesher, "Feds, five states push wind farms", Detroit News, March 31, 2012.
For another article, see Eric Gaertner, "Muskegon area, West Michigan have big stake in move to streamline offshore wind power regulations", MLive, March 31, 2012.
A U.S.-Canadian advisory panel wound up a five-year study Wednesday with a recommendation against large-scale engineering projects to prevent swings in Great Lakes water levels, saying people across the region should adapt to nature's ups and downs.
The $14.6 million investigation concluded that trying to control levels by placing more structures at choke points such as the St. Clair River at the south end of Lake Huron would be too expensive and damage the environment. About 200 scientists and engineers contributed to a report requested by the International Joint Commission, which advises both governments on issues affecting the Great Lakes and other boundary waters.
For the full article, see John Flesher, "Report: Lake control projects unlikely; Panel says people should adapt to nature's ups, downs", Traverse City Record-Eagle, March 29, 2012.
The Environment Report provides a weekly program service of environmental news and information to public radio stations around the country. Currently, more than 160 stations are airing Environment Report material.
Archive highlights include:
A Salmon Balancing Act
Show date: 03-27-2012
Host: Rebecca Williams
Michigan Sen. Stabenow: Stop the Asian Carp
Show date: 03-29-2012
Host: Zoe Clark
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