House and Senate conferees have dropped from the 2007 Farm Bill language that would keep secret the names and addresses of feedlot operators. Faced with recent defeats in both Congress and the courts, the USDA and meat industry, both of whom seem determined to keep such information secret, may be shifting their strategy to trying to accomplish the same result by using Privacy Act regulations.
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Five federal agencies that are responsible for management of a high percentage of US lands and waters are doing a poor job preparing for the effects of climate change.
Harmful algal blooms are increasing and now occur offshore of every coastal state and in some inland waters.Topics on the Beat:
Lately the term "green infastructure" has gotten more specific as many cities seek more robust and cost-effective stormwater management.
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Vehicle fuel economy is a major component of the ongoing energy and carbon discussions, so it's helpful to know how the current models are performing.Topics on the Beat:
EPA is required to update its standard for each of the six main "criteria" air pollutants every five years.
The US Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM) is trying once again to establish a rule updating its regulation of coal mining waste placement.Topics on the Beat:
With hurricane season in full swing, NOAA's new resource for identifying historical hurricane tracks may be a useful tool.Topics on the Beat:
This fall the US Green Building Council expects to launch its rating system for residential construction.Topics on the Beat: