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EPA Releases Draft Assessment on the Potential Impacts to Drinking Water Resources from Hydraulic Fracturing Activities

Categories: Energy,Headlines,Health/Medical,Natural Resources,Science/Technology

http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/bd4379a92ceceeac8525735900400c27/b542d827055a839585257e5a005a796b!OpenDocument

Press release on the lengthy report explaining in brief what the assessment concluded.  The study will be finalized after review by the Science Advisory Board and a period for public comment.  From the Environmental Protection Agency

 

Assessment of the Potential Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil and Gas on Drinking Water Resources: External Review Draft

Categories: Energy,Headlines,Health/Medical,Natural Resources,Science/Technology

http://cfpub.epa.gov/ncea/hfstudy/recordisplay.cfm?deid=244651

Finds that while hydraulic fracturing activities in the U.S. are conducted in a way that has not led to widespread impacts on drinking water, there are potential vulnerabilities in the water lifecycle that could affect drinking water.  From the Environmental Protection Agency

 

Nuclear Power Assessment Study Final Report

Categories: Nuclear Energy,Science/Technology

http://fas.org/nuke/space/npas-2015.pdf

Examines the prospects for the use of nuclear power in civilian space missions over the next 20 years.  Completed in February 2015 but withheld from public disclosure until June 2015 for security concerns.  From the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

2014 Report to the President: Information Security Oversight Office

Categories: Govt Information,Govt Secrecy

http://www.fas.org/sgp/isoo/2014rpt.pdf

Annual statistical report and analysis of the federal system of classification and declassification of information.  The creation of new classified material declined by 20% during the year.  From the Information Security Oversight Office of the National Archives

 

Highlights of Annual 2014 Characteristics of New Housing

Categories: Housing/Homelessness,Statistics

http://www.census.gov/construction/chars/highlights.html

Covers key characteristics of single family and mult-unit housing sold  or completed in 2014.  From the Census Bureau

 

Broadband: Intended Outcomes and Effectiveness of Efforts to Address Adoption Barriers are Unclear

Categories: Telecommunications/Internet

http://www.gao.gov/assets/680/670588.pdf

Examines benefits of home broadband adoption, current barriers to adoption, and success of federal efforts to overcome barriers.  From the Government Accountability Office

 

Report on the Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households in 2014

Categories: Education,Financial Crisis/Markets,Income/Poverty,Labor/Employment,Retirement/Social Security

http://www.federalreserve.gov/econresdata/2014-report-economic-well-being-us-households-201505.pdf

Topics examined include overall well-being, housing, economic vulnerability, savings, spending, access to credit, education and student loans, and retirement planning.  From the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve

 

USA Freedom Act

Categories: Headlines,Homeland Security,Laws/Regulations,Telecommunications/Internet

https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/2048

Compromise legislation which, among other things, modifies the collection of U.S. phone records by the government.  Includes bill summary, text, sponsors, and legislative actions.  From Congress.gov