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Earl Gregg Swem Library

2014 Final Rule: Disposal of Coal Combustion Residuals from Electric Utilities

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Energy,Environment,Headlines,Laws/Regulations

http://www2.epa.gov/coalash/coal-ash-rule

Text of the first federal regulation providing for the safe disposal of coal ash from coal-fired power plants.  The final rule establishes safeguards to protect communities from coal ash impoundment failures and prevent groundwater contamination and air emissions.  From the Environmental Protection Agency

 

United States Secret Service Protective Mission Panel

Categories: Govt/Business Scandals,Headlines,Homeland Security

http://www.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/publications/14_1218_usss_pmp.pdf

Executive summary of the report of an independent panel created to offer recommendations for improving the performance of the U.S. Secret Service.  Full report is classified but summary includes recommendations to provide stronger leadership from outside the Secret Service, make the White House fence taller and less scalable, and add more officers to the force.  From the Mission Panel

 

Foreign Relations of the United States, 1977-1980, Volume IX, Arab-Israeli Dispute, August 1978 – December 1980

Categories: Arab,Conflict Resolution,Egypt,Foreign Affairs,Headlines,History,Israel,Middle East Conflict,Treaties

http://history.state.gov/historicaldocuments/frus1977-80v09

The second of two volumes that document U.S. efforts to achieve a negotiated settlement to the Arab-Israeli dispute during the Carter Administration.  Covers the Camp David meetings between representatives of Egypt and Israel and the Egyptian-Israeli Peace Treaty concluded in March 1979.  From the State Department

 

Monitoring the Future Survey: Overview of Findings 2014

Categories: Alcohol/Drug Abuse,Headlines,Health/Medical,Statistics,Youth

http://www.drugabuse.gov/related-topics/trends-statistics/monitoring-future/monitoring-future-survey-overview-findings-2014

Describes results of latest annual survey of  illicit drug use and attitudes among American 8th, 10th, and 12th graders.  Finds decreasing use of alcohol, cigarettes, and misuse of prescription pain relievers.  From the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the University of Michigan

 

Statement by the President on Cuba Policy Changes

Categories: Communism,Cuba,Foreign Affairs,Headlines,History,Presidency

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/12/17/statement-president-cuba-policy-changes

 

Announcement by President Obama of the normalization of relations between the U.S. and Cuba  From the White House

 

Arctic Report Card: Update for 2014

www.arctic.noaa.gov/report14/ArcticReportCard_full_report.pdf

 

Warns that the Arctic region is warming at twice the rate of anywhere else on Earth.  Covers the air temperature, snow cover, sea ice, Greenland Ice Sheet, the status of polar bears and more.  See also links for previous Arctic report cards.  From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 

The 2015 Executive Budget Document

Categories: Govt Finance,Headlines,Virginia Issues

https://solutions.virginia.gov/pbreports/rdPage.aspx?rdReport=BDOC2015_FrontPage

Features Governor McAuliffe’s proposed amendments to the 2014-2016 Biennial Budget for Virginia.  From the Department of Planning and Budget

 

Health Insurance Coverage: Early Release of Estimates from the National Health Interview Survey, January-June 2014

Categories: Headlines,Health Insurance,Medicare/Medicaid,Statistics

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhis/earlyrelease/insur201412.pdf

Reports that 38 million persons or 12% of the population were uninsured at the time of the survey and that 54 million or 17% had been uninsured for at least part of the previous year.  5 million or 1.9% were covered by the Health Insurance Marketplace or state exchanges during the six months.  From the National Center for Health Statistics

 

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