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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Chesapeake Bay and Virginia Waters Clean-Up Plan Progress Report

Categories: Chesapeake Bay,Environment,Natural Resources,Virginia Issues,Waste Management

http://leg2.state.va.us/dls/h&sdocs.nsf/By+Year/RD982011/$file/RD98.pdf

Reports on Virginia’s progress in cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay and waters designated as impaired by the Environmental Protection Agency.  Covers nutrient control activities from wastewater treatment plants, TMDL implementation plans, and more.  From the Secretary of Natural Resources

The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) People: Building a Foundation for Better Understanding

Categories: Health/Medical,Sex Issues

http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=13128

Argues that health researchers need to recruit more lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people for health studies to better understand health conditions that affect them.  The report provides a compilation of what is known about the health of these groups and outlines an agenda for research.  From the Institute of Medicine

National Earthquake Resilience: Research, Implementation, and Outreach

Categories: Homeland Security,Urban Issues,Weather/Disasters

http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=13092

Presents a 20-year roadmap for increasing the ability of the U.S. to resist and recover from damage produced by a major earthquake in a highly populated area.  From the National Research Council

War in Afghanistan: Strategy, Operations, and Issues for Congress

Categories: Afghanistan,Defense/Military,NATO,Terrorism

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/R40156.pdf

Covers the key players and issues in the Afghanistan conflict including the strategic outlooks of the governments of Afghanistan, the U.S. and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

Funeral Protests: Selected Federal Laws and Constitutional Issues

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Defense/Military,Religion/Ethics,Supreme Court/courts,Veterans

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R41717.pdf

This report discusses the Supreme Court’s decision in Snyder vs. Phelps relating to Westboro Church’s constitutional right to protest at military funerals,  constitutional issues facing federal laws that create funeral protest buffer zones, and legislative options for amending federal laws restricting funeral protests.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

Japan’s 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami: Economic Effects and Implications for the United States

Categories: Foreign Trade/Investment,Japan,Nuclear Energy,Weather/Disasters

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/row/R41702.pdf

Describes the damage to Japan’s economy and resources from the 2011 earthquake and tsunami and the implications for world trade.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

Long-Term Analysis of a Budget Proposal By Chairman Ryan

Categories: Govt Finance,Medicare/Medicaid,Retirement/Social Security,Statistics

http://www.cbo.gov/ftpdocs/121xx/doc12128/04-05-Ryan_Letter.pdf

Analysis of a budget proposal by the House Budget Committee Chairman which would change federal payments under the Medicare and Medicaid programs, eliminate the subsidies to be provided through the new insurance exchanges, leave Social Security as it would be under current law, and set paths for federal spending and tax revenues at specified growth rates or percentages of GDP.  From the Congressional Budget Office

Nuclear Power Plant Sites: Maps of Seismic Hazards and Population Centers

Categories: Energy,Geology/Mining,Nuclear Energy,Population/Census,Urban Issues

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R41729.pdf

Lists and maps U.S. nuclear power plants located near metropolitan populations and also close to areas vulnerable to earthquakes  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

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