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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Oil and Gas and Sulfur Operations in the Outer Continental Shelf—Blowout Preventer Systems and Well Control

Categories: Energy,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Natural Resources,Weather/Disasters

http://www.bsee.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/final-well-control-rule/

Text of 500+ page final rule relating to the risk of offshore oil or gas blowouts such as the Deepwater Horizon tragedy.  The final rule covers all aspects of well control, including design requirements and operational procedures for well control equipment used in offshore oil and gas drilling operations.  From the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement of the Interior Department

 

Well Control Final Rule Fact Sheet

Categories: Energy,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Natural Resources,Weather/Disasters

https://www.doi.gov/sites/doi.gov/files/uploads/FACT%20SHEET-%20Well%20Control%20Final%20Rule%20-%20FINAL.pdf

Lists the major requirements in a final regulation designed to correct the problems that led to the Deep Water Horizon tragedy.  From the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement of the Interior Department

 

The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment

https://health2016.globalchange.gov/

Examines how climate change is already affecting human health and the changes that may occur in the future.  Includes chapters on temperature-related death and illness, air quality impacts, extreme weather events, vector-borne diseases, water-related illness, food safety, and mental health.  From the White House and the U.S. Global Change Research Program

 

Water Resources Dashboard

Categories: Environment,Maps/Geography,Natural Resources,Weather/Disasters

http://toolkit.climate.gov/topics/water-resources/water-resources-dashboard

A one-stop website for relevant water data and maps on drought, flooding, precipitation, climate, and other measures affecting water supplies in the U.S.  From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 

EPA Announces National Enforcement Initiatives for Coming Years

Categories: Energy,Environment,Natural Resources,Waste Management

http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/bd4379a92ceceeac8525735900400c27/25662047ebab45a085257f5d0071b4a0!OpenDocument

Announces seven enforcement initiatives for fiscal years 2017-2019 to respond to national pollution challenges. From the Environmental Protection Agency

 

Application of a Weighted Regression Model for Reporting Nutrient and Sediment Concentrations … for the Chesapeake Bay Nontidal Water Quality Monitoring Network, Results Through Water Year 2012

Categories: Chesapeake Bay,Environment,Natural Resources,Science/Technology,Virginia Issues

https://pubs.er.usgs.gov/publication/sir20155133

The flow of nutrients and sediment from tributaries into the Chesapeake Bay estuary form the basis for decisions on meeting reductions prescribed by the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load regime. This report compares two models for estimating such flows. Includes 5 appendices. From the Geological Survey

 

Worldwide Threat Assessment of the U.S. Intelligence Community

http://www.dni.gov/files/documents/SASC_Unclassified_2016_ATA_SFR_FINAL.pdf

Presents the U.S. Intelligence Community’s 2016 assessment of threats to U.S. national security. Covers regional and global threats, including cyber and technology, terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, outer space, transnational organized crime, economics, and natural resources. From the Director of National Intelligence.

 

National Coastal Condition Assessment 2010

Categories: Environment,Natural Resources,Statistics

http://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2016-01/documents/ncca_2010_report.pdf

Reports on the quality of coastal waters, including the Chesapeake Bay. The report, with samples from 1,104 sites, examines four indices: benthic, water quality, sediment quality, and ecological fish tissue contaminant. Finds 56% of coastal waters rated good for biological quality. From the Environmental Protection Agency

 

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