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Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement: Likely Impact on the U.S. Economy and on Specific Industry Sectors

https://www.usitc.gov/publications/332/pub4607.pdf

Required report (788 pages) to Congress and the President which provides an overview of the TPP agreement, findings as to the likely economy-wide effects, and specific sectoral effects.  These include food and agricultural products, manufactured goods, energy, and services.  From the U.S. International Trade Commission

 

EPA Releases Report Showing Nearly Half of Nation’s Wetlands in Good Health

Categories: Environment,Headlines,Natural Resources

https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-releases-report-showing-nearly-half-nations-wetlands-good-health

Press release about the first ever assessment of  the health of U.S. wetlands, part of a series of studies monitoring the condition of the nation’s waters.  From the Environmental Protection Agency

 

National Wetland Condition Assessment 2011: A Collaborative Survey of the Nation’s Wetlands

Categories: Environment,Headlines,Maps/Geography,Natural Resources,Statistics

https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2016-05/documents/nwca_2011_public_report_20160510.pdf

Presents the results of the first national evaluation of the ecological condition of the nation’s wetlands.  Reveals that nearly half are in good health, while 20% are in fair health and about 32% are in poor health. From the Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

 

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

 

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