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2016 Virginia Toxics Release Inventory Report: Summary of Data from 2016 Industry Reports

Categories: Environment,Laws/Regulations,Statistics,Virginia Issues,Waste Management

For calendar year 2016, Virginia businesses filed 1,345 individual reports on the release, transfer, or management of 909 million pounds of 153 toxic chemicals.  The 2016 totals represent a 5.8% increase, compared to 2015, of chemicals being released or managed onsite.  From the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality


NEREC Standards for Bulk Power Physical Security: Is the Grid More Secure?

Categories: Congress,Energy,Homeland Security,Laws/Regulations

Describes steps taken to provide greater security for U.S. power grids by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the Energy Department, and the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) since 2015.  Also describes continuing areas of policy concern.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists



Rules Committee Print 115-66: Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018

Categories: Govt Finance,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Statistics

Congressional Budget Office estimate of the total spending ($1.3 trillion) in the 2000+ page omnibus bill to finance defense and domestic discretionary programs for FY 2018. From the Congressional Budget Office


Modes of Constitutional Interpretation

Categories: Laws/Regulations,Supreme Court/courts

Describes the most common modes of constitutional interpretation, discusses examples of Supreme Court decisions that demonstrate the application of these methods, and provides a general overview of the various arguments in support of, and in opposition to, the use of such methods of constitutional interpretation.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


HR 5305: FDLP Modernization Act of 2018

Categories: Congress,Govt Information,Laws/Regulations

Legislation introduced to streamline program requirements, ensure the availability of no-fee public access to government information, reform the Federal Depository Library Program, and other purposes.  From GovInfo


A Multi-Dimensional Approach to Disinformation: Final Report of the Independent High-level Group on Fake News and Online Disinformation

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,European Union,Laws/Regulations,Propaganda,Telecommunications/Internet

Examines the concept and various forms of disinformation, describes its harm, and proposes a five part approach to solving the problem short of imposing censorship.  From the European Commission


Bump-Stock-Type Devices: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

Categories: Guns,Headlines,Laws/Regulations

Text of proposed rule that would define “bump-stock devices” as machineguns and make it illegal for any person to transfer or possess such a device according to the Gun Control Act of 1968.  Current possessors of such devices would be required to surrender, destroy, or make them inoperable upon the effective date of the rule.  From the Justice Department


Attorney General Sessions Announces Regulation Effectively Banning Bump Stocks

Categories: Guns,Headlines,Laws/Regulations

Statement of the attorney general upon the announcement of the proposed rulemaking that would ban the use or possession of bump-stock devices.  From the Justice Department


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