Monthly Review: May 2004
This monthly review goes out to the leadership of AGI's member
societies, members of the AGI Government Affairs Advisory Committee,
and other interested geoscientists as part of a continuing effort
to improve communications between GAP and the geoscience community
that it serves.
Energy Bill Update
New Oceans Legislation and Ocean Policy Hearings
Law of the Sea Hearing
Renewable Energy and Efficiency Hearing
DOE Metals Program Reauthorization Hearing
Great Lakes Hearings
USGS Presents Research and Programs in Washington
Climate Change Update
Ensuring the Integrity of the Scientific Advisory System
Union of Concerned Scientists
Science and Tech Presidential and Federal Advisory Committee
NSB Prioritizes NSF Major Research Equipment Projects
Evolution in the Classroom Updates
Evolution in the Classroom Reports Released
Intern Comings and Goings
Key Federal Register Notices
New Updates to website
On May 19th the House passed a compromised $2.4 trillion budget for
2005 on a near party-line vote of 216-213. Unfortunately, there is
no sign that the Senate will be able to do the same.
The budget serves as a guide for future tax and spending bills. This
measure is less ambitious than either the budget that President Bush
proposed earlier this year or previous versions of House and Senate
spending plans for FY05. According to the Washington Post, to minimize
disputes, Republicans limited its proposed tax and spending proposals
to one year instead of the usual five or 10, leaving it without long-range
plans for tasks such as tackling deficits, creating jobs or strengthening
The House-passed budget would pave the way for tax cuts that are
far more modest than what Bush proposed. Next year's deficit would
be $367 billion - just below last year's $375 bill record high, and
$4 billion more than what forecasters expect without the policies
proposed within the legislation.
The budget does; however, bestow big boosts on defense and anti-terrorism
programs, providing $421 billion for defense and another $50 billion
for wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It increases domestic security by
15 percent to $31 billion while holding remaining domestic programs
to $369, just $2 billion more than in FY04.
Now the budget resolution waits for Senate approval. After a month
of negotiations, four Senate GOP moderates - Olympia Snowe (Maine),
Susan Collins (Maine), Lincoln Chafee (Rhode Island) and John McCain
(Arizona) - are still threatening to vote against their party and
against the bill. In March, these four Senators voted along with most
Democrats to require offsets for all new tax cuts and entitlement
spending. The House removed this procedural hurdle from the bill they
passed but Senators Snowe, Collins, Chafee and McCain have shown no
signs of backing down in order to pass the bill.
The House has already begun to allocate the budget and set maximum
spending allowances for each of the 13 appropriations bills. According
to the Budget Act of 1974, without a budget resolution in place the
Senate must obtain a simple majority vote to overcome any procedural
objections before bringing up any of the 13 spending bills if they
cannot come to an agreement and pass a final budget resolution. Indeed,
this would add another 13 hurdles to an already laborious budget process
made more difficult because this is an election year.
AGI's website is constantly updated with budget and appropriations
information. To access Congress' most recent actions on the FY05 budget,
go to http://www.agiweb.org/gap/legis108/appropsfy2005.html.
On Tuesday, May 11th, the Senate approved the corporate tax bill,
S. 1637, by a vote of 92-5. A $14 billion energy tax incentive package
was also included in the bill in an attempt to pass at least some
portion of the comprehensive energy bill that has been stalled in
the Senate. Within two days of Senate passage, cost estimates for
the energy tax package rose to $18 billion largely due to a renewable
energy tax credit. Proponents say that the cost of the bill is completely
offset by plans for fraud reduction, ethanol excise tax provisions,
and repeal of export subsidies. The official Joint Tax Committee score
of the bill has been pegged at $19.4 billion.
Since its passage, the bill has remained in flux. The House is crafting
its own version of the $167 bill corporate tax bill and it may (or
may not) have the energy tax package in tow. House Ways and Means
Committee Chairman Bill Thomas (R-CA) is expected to finalize his
committee's version of the bill in mid-June. Greenwire has speculated
that the House could vote on the tax package before the July 4th recess.
More information about Senate deliberations on S. 1637 is available
House Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman David
Hobson (R-OH) and Ranking Member Pete Visclosky (D-IN) announced their
intention to fund the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste project at only
$131 million next year. This amount would be a $749 million reduction
from the budget requested by the Department of Energy. The Bush administration
formulated its budget under the assumption that the $749 million needed
by the Nuclear Waste Trust Fund for Yucca Mountain would be reclassified
under new legislation allowing it to circumvent the appropriations
process. The administration's reclassification scheme, however, failed
with House and Senate appropriators and has left a major hole in the
Yucca Mountain budget.
In an analysis of the effects this reduced budget would have on the
program, Secretary of Energy Spenser Abraham told the subcommittee
that Yucca Mountain staff layoffs would start in July and affect 70
percent of the Yucca Mountain workforce, which totals 2,400 people.
The ability of the remaining workers to complete and submit the necessary
license application due to Nuclear Regulatory Commission at the end
of the year would be jeopardized, he said. He also stated that the
cutbacks would cause an "indefinite delay" in the planned
2010 opening of the site.
This scenario would delay the removal of the nuclear waste from temporary
storage facilities in several states and complicate the future disposal
of waste generated by nuclear power plants in 33 states. Abraham predicts
that the federal government could be required to pay some states enormous
sums of money if waste is not removed by dates specified in contracts.
Over 65 breach of contract claims have already been filed in Federal
Claims Court by utilities as a result of delays.
In related news, scientists demonstrated at the National Press Club
in Washington, D.C. this month that casks designed to hold radioactive
nuclear waste in Yucca Mountain may not be sufficient. Rocks surrounding
the metal casks may release small amounts of mineral-rich water that
will eventually corrode the cask within 1,000 years, according to
Nevada officials who sponsored the demonstration. Scientists showed
that the minerals in the water could corrode Alloy-22, the metal used
to make the casks, in as little as twenty minutes after contact. They
also showed that the water in the rocks above the casks can move through
the rocks and boil from the heat produced by the spent fuel, leading
to increased chance of corrosion. Other groups such as the Nuclear
Energy institute claim that the casks will last 2 million years.
You can visit http://www.nrc.gov/waste/spent-fuel-storage/locations.html
for a map of current storage facilities and a discussion of nuclear
waste storage. AGI continues to monitor and chronicle Yucca Mountain
On May 12th, twenty-five national organizations concerned with science
and engineering education released a statement calling for a change
in U.S. visa policy that is currently impeding foreign scientists
who wish to attend foreign professional meetings and is seen as limiting
international cooperation. The statement says that the current visa
system is inefficient and creates the "misperception that the
United States does not welcome international students, scholars, and
scientists." The organizations made six recommendations: extension
of visa security clearances, increased efficiency of the renewal and
fee payment processes, creation of an enquiry mechanism for visa status,
and improved consistency of visa application reviews. The statement
contends that improving relationships with international scholars
is beneficial to the U.S. economy and to national security efforts.
The statement is available online at http://www.aaas.org/news/releases/2004/0512visa.pdf.
New Oceans Legislation
and Ocean Policy Hearings
The U.S. National Commission on Ocean Policy (NCOP) released its
preliminary recommendation last month that included expanding the
role of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
to become the lead agency in ocean management for the nation. In response
to NCOP's recommendations, Rep. Jim Saxton (R-NJ) introduced H.R.
4368, the Weather and Oceans Resources Realignment Act, on May 13th.
This bill would shift NOAA from the Commerce Department to the Department
of the Interior.
In making its recommendations, NCOP acknowledged the "political
complexity associated with any reorganization of the executive branch
agencies." The House Resources Subcommittee on Fisheries Conservation,
Wildlife, and Oceans is likely to hold a hearing on the bill in June
despite doubts that any final decisions regarding H.R. 4368 or the
NCOP report will be made by the end of the legislative session this
More information on the NCOP report is available on AGI's website
In related news, the House Resources Committee convened on May 20th
to discuss the draft report of the U.S. NCOP. Ret. Admiral Watkins,
Chairman of the commission, presented an overview of the report and
addressed the concerns of committee members. The report claims that
the oceans are in declining health that will likely have a damaging
effect on national and coastal economies. Watkins stated that ocean-related
problems are systematic, and that the federal government must agree
to the entire policy and administrative overhaul outlined in the report
if positive change is to be made.
A thorough hearing summary is available on AGI's website at http://www.agiweb.org/gap/legis108/ocean_hearings.html.
The House of Representatives continued to debate the potential impact
of the United Nation Convention on the Law of the Sea (LOS) on national
interests. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee unanimously approved
the LOS treaty on February 25th, however, discussion in the House
International Relations Committee featured both strong proponents
and opponents of LOS treaty ratification. William H. Taft IV, Legal
Adviser to the U.S. Department of State, and Admiral Michael G. Mullen,
Vice Chief of Naval Operations for the U.S. Navy, both testified in
support of ratification. They maintained that ratification would promote
stability of the oceans, U.S. mobility, and national security. Opponents
to ratification included Baker Spring, an F.M. Kirby Research Fellow
in National Security Policy with the Heritage Foundation. He cites
lack of sovereignty, unnecessary limitations on the exploitation of
resources, international taxation potential, and risks to national
security as reasons not to agree to LOS provisions.
More information about the Law of the Sea treaty is available at
Renewable Energy and
On May 19th, the House Science Subcommittee on Energy met to examine
the potential contribution of energy efficiency and renewable energy
to the nation's energy needs. Subcommittee Chair Judy Biggert (R-IL)
and several of the witnesses, all experts in a field of efficiency
or renewable technology, emphasized that these technologies are likely
to improve quality of life at sustained or lowered energy consumption
levels. Testimony of the witnesses provided a description of the current
state of efficiency and renewable technologies and their impacts on
the economy. Witnesses unanimously recommended increased federal investment
in the research and development of these technologies. They cited
environmental and health benefits, lower predicted operating costs
of industry, lower natural gas prices, and increased competitiveness
in global technology markets as benefits of efficiency investments.
Documents related to the hearings are still available on the House
Science Committee website at http://www.house.gov/science/hearings/energy04/index.htm.
A wrap-up of the hearing can be found on AGI's website at http://www.agiweb.org/gap/legis108/energy_hearings.html#may19.
DOE Metals Program
The House Science Committee Subcommittee on Energy met on May 20th
to discuss H.R. 3890, a bill to reauthorize the Metals Program at
the Department of Energy (DOE). The bill was introduced by Melissa
Hart (R-PA) in March in an effort to ensure continued funding of the
DOE program that works with the metals industry in the research and
development of efficiency technologies. The newest version of the
bill includes provisions to help industries reduce greenhouse gas
emissions. In her opening statements, Subcommittee Chair Judy Biggert
(R-IL) said that the Metals Program has economic, environmental, and
national security benefits. The subcommittee and the witnesses agreed
that energy efficiency should not be the only goal of the program.
They all said that new technologies should provide direct and indirect
benefits to taxpayers and increase industry success.
A thorough recap of the hearing is available on AGI's website at
The House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Water
Resources and Environment held two hearings to discuss Great Lakes
water quality and restoration. Subcommittee Chairman John Duncan (R-TN)
said that he hopes agencies who work on the Great Lakes projects make
significant progress in ensuring restoration and do not simply revisit
past issues. This month, the Bush administration issued an executive
order to create an EPA-led task force to coordinate Great Lakes restoration
and water quality improvement. More information is available at http://www.house.gov/transportation/.
USGS Presents Research
and Programs in Washington
The United States Geological Survey (USGS) held a briefing sponsored
by several Members of Congress on May 21st to illustrate the effectiveness
of the Cooperative Water Programs in groundwater management. Jess
Weaver, USGS Regional Executive for Water in the Southeast Region,
outlined some of the major water issues in the nation, emphasizing
that groundwater availability is becoming a more serious concern for
eastern states. He said that cooperative programs between the USGS
and local and regional authorities have increasing reliance on non-USGS
cooperators because of stagnation in the USGS budget. Other speakers
included Randy Young, Executive Director of the Arkansas Soil and
Water Conservation Commission, and David Word, Assistant Director
of the Environmental Protection Division of the Georgia Department
of Natural Resources.
A wrap-up of the briefing is available at http://www.agiweb.org/gap/legis108/water_resources.html.
In a May 14th briefing sponsored by the Water Environment Federation,
USGS, and Rep. Ralph Regula (R-OH), national and regional coordinators
of the National Water Quality Assessment Program presented findings
of several regional water quality assessments carried out between
1991 and 2001, and emphasized the contribution of the findings to
state Environmental Protection Agency offices and other local operations.
NAWQA recently released the final 15 of its 51 comprehensive reports,
which together indicate that "the nation's waters generally are
suitable for irrigation, drinking-water supply, and other home and
recreational uses . . . [although] in areas of significant agricultural
and urban development the quality of our nation's water resources
has been degraded by contaminants." The assessments found that
contaminants and their effects are controlled by a complex set of
both human and naturally induced factors such as land use, chemical
use, urbanization, geology, and hydrology. Both urban and agricultural
areas have widespread contamination at overall low levels, and each
area is unique. The topics of nutrient enrichment, agricultural chemicals,
well water contamination, relationship of water quality to urbanization,
and bioaccumulation of mercury are the focus of the 11 million records
compiled in the reports. Only 42 of the 51 areas studied will be revisited
for continuing assessments due to budget constraints, according to
Tim Miller, Chief of the USGS Office of Water Quality.
Disagreement between internal agencies in Russia has delayed the
country's decision on whether to ratify the Kyoto Protocol. The Energy
and Industry Agency supports the treaty, while the Academy of Sciences
contends that the treaty lacks scientific evidence and will be harmful
to the Russian economy. European Union leaders and Russian president
Vladimir Putin struck a deal May 21st to allow Russia into the World
Trade Organization, which European leaders will most likely use as
leverage to pressure Russia to sign the Kyoto Protocol. Russia is
the only country besides the United States that has the potential
to fulfill the threshold for signatories to account for 55 percent
of global carbon dioxide emissions.
In other climate change news on the domestic front, debates on climate
change and emissions control may be sparked in Congress next month
by the sensationalized film "The Day After Tomorrow," which
was released on May 28th. Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Joe Leiberman
(D-CT) introduced a bill addressing greenhouse gas emissions, S. 139,
in October, but it was rejected in a surprisingly close vote of 43-55.
McCain says he will attempt to propose the bill again by the end of
the current session in the form of an amendment to anther bill, and
says of the film: "We'll use any publicity we can get."
Several groups, such as Move On PAC, who support the McCain-Leiberman
bill will use the blockbuster popularity of "The Day After Tomorrow"
to aid their lobbying efforts by handing out flyers in theaters. Some
opponents of the bill, such as National Petrochemical and Refiners
Association president Bob Slaughter, want to make sure that the public
understands the fictional elements of the film and doubt that it will
carry much weight. Senator Landrieu (D-LA), one of the ten key Democratic
senators who voted no on the bill in October, has definitively said
she will change her vote to yes when it is reintroduced this summer.
Experts disagree about how much impact the film will have on the public's
interest in the McCain-Leiberman bill.
Updates on climate change legislation currently pending in Congress
can be found at http://www.agiweb.org/gap/legis108/climate.html.
Ensuring the Integrity
of the Scientific Advisory System
Reps. Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX) and Ranking Minority Member of the
House Science Subcommittee on Basic Research Brian Baird (WA) held
a briefing and released a General Accounting Office (GAO) report on
May 19th shining a light on the federal government's staffing of scientific
advisory committees. The report was issued due to recent allegations
from Rep. Harry Waxman (D-CA) and groups such as the Union of Concerned
Scientists who have accused the Bush administration of manipulating
scientific information and abusing the appointment process of federal
science positions. The GAO report does not evaluate these claims but
rather outlines recommendations to improve and ensure the balance
of federal science advisory committees and the transparency of the
appointment process. It suggests clarifying the distinction between
employees who are selected to committees for their expertise and those
who are known to have a bias. The report also outlines what types
of information should be gathered systematically and suggests additional
processes to evaluate candidates for the positions. Johnson and Baird
also sent a letter to President Bush that can be found at www.house.gov/science_democrats/member/johnson_baird_letter.pdf.
The report is available online at www.gao.gov/new.items/d04328.pdf.
Union of Concerned
The Union of Concerned Scientists has released a point-by-point document
standing by the report and letter issued to the Bush Administration
in February. The report, Restoring Scientific Integrity in Policy
Making, accused the administration of misusing scientific information
to promote its agenda. Dr. John Marburger, director of the White House
Office of Science and Technology Policy, issued a rebuttal in April.
The new UCS document states that Dr. Marburger's rebuttal "often
offers irrelevant information and fails to address the central point
of many of the charges in the UCS report." Dr. Marburger's statement
can be viewed at www.ostp.gov. The UCS
rebuttal can be viewed at http://www.ucsusa.org/global_environment/rsi/page.cfm?pageID=1393.
Science and Tech
Presidential and Federal Advisory Committee Appointments
A National Academies of Science committee is developing a report
called Science and Technology in the National Interest: Ensuring the
Best Presidential and Federal Advisory Committee Appointments (3rd
Edition). The committee is seeking input from those in the science
and engineering communities regarding the presidential appointment
of scientists, engineers, and health professionals to positions on
federal advisory committees and in the federal government. A list
of topics that the committee will be exploring and additional information
can be found at http://www7.nationalacademies.org/presidentialappointments/Statement_Task.html.
Responses should be limited to three pages and are due July 1, 2004.
The report will be issued in November.
NSB Prioritizes NSF
Major Research Equipment Projects
The National Science Board (NSB), responding to Congressional requests,
released a list ranking proposed NSF Major Research Equipment projects
in order of funding priority. The National Ecological Observatory
Network is second on the list, after the Scientific Ocean Drilling
Vessel. The NSB white paper defining the priority-setting process
for competing research facility projects is online at http://www.nsf.gov/nsb/documents/2004/priorstnglrgefcltyproj.doc.
Evolution in the
Senate Bill 336, the Academic Freedom Act, did not make its way to
the floor for a vote before the final day of the Alabama State legislative
session on May 17th. As such, the bill is no longer; however, many
people think this topic will continue to be an issue in Alabama either
during a special session of the legislature (if one is called) or
during next year's session.
The Minnesota State Senate voted 35-31 to fire former Education Commissioner
Cheri Pierson Yecke. The vote was cast at 3:40 a.m. on the last day
of the state's legislative session, and was followed by the passage
of new education standards for the state. Yecke was a public advocate
of the teaching of creationism and was controversial throughout her
stint in the position, which lasted 15 months. Minnesota governor
Tim Pawlenty says he will appoint a conservative to the open office
of Education Commissioner. Non-evolutionary language originally included
in the House education standards was not included in the language
of the new standards.
In mid-May, Georgia education officials released this year's revised
education standards. The Standards for Excellence in Education by
the Council for Basic Education (CBE) was used as a model for standards
and benchmarks. The CBE are a distilled version of the American Association
for the Advancement of Science's publication, Benchmarks for Scientific
Literacy. Georgia's goal is for students to "Do Science, not
Like the other curriculum areas, the most noticeable difference in
the new Science Quality Core Curriculum is the presence of new performance
standards. The curriculum is trimmed down with the expectation that
students will be given the opportunity to achieve scientific literacy,
while also giving students the necessary tools to be successful at
the next level of their educational career. The most radical change
in the curriculum is moving Earth Science to sixth grade and Physical
Science to eighth grade. Georgians felt that Physical Science is very
abstract and includes rigorous mathematics. Therefore, eighth graders
who have experienced more mathematics courses and have two more years
of cognitive development, have a better chance for success and mastery
in Physical Science than sixth graders do.
In regard to the teaching of evolution, the Earth Science education
standards state: "During middle school, several lines of evidence
are further developed. The fossil evidence can be expanded beyond
extinctions and survivals to the notion of evolutionary history. Sedimentation
of rock can be brought in to show relative age. However, actual age,
which requires an understanding of isotopic dating techniques, should
wait until high school, when students learn about the structure of
atoms. Breeding experiments can illustrate the heritability of traits
and the effects of selection. It was familiarity with selective breeding
that stimulated Darwin's thinking that differences between successive
generations can naturally accumulate." There is no mention of
Intelligent Design or "alternative theories" in the revised
Evolution in the Classroom Reports Released
The National Academy of Sciences and the National Academic Press have
released three reports on evolution in the classroom which are now
available online at no cost to science teachers. To receive these
reports, visit http://nap.edu/hawaii and fill out the online questionnaire.
Once you have completed the questionnaire, you will be given the option
to download the reports or to receive them on a CD-ROM in the mail.
A limited number of copies are available.
- Evolution in Hawaii: A Supplement to Teaching About Evolution
and the Nature of Science (2004)
- Teaching About Evolution and the Nature of Science (1998)
- Science and Creationism: A View from the National Academy of Sciences,
2nd ed. (1999)
Intern Comings and
Bridget Martin, an AGI/AIPG Summer 2004 intern arrived at AGI on
May 10th. She is currently a senior at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie,
NY. She is majoring in geology with a comparative politics minor.
Bridget has worked as an intern for the Dutchess County Soil and Water
Conservation District, at an organic farm in Montana and as a page
in the Montana State Senate. She has also participated in the Presidential
Classroom program and we are pleased to welcome her for the summer.
The AGI/AAPG Spring Semester intern, Gayle Levy, departed AGI on
May 6th. She has taken a position as the Outreach Specialist at the
Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS) and will
begin in late May. We wish her all the best in this endeavor and are
forever in her debt for her patience, reliability and superior work
this spring. Thanks, Gayle.
List of Key Federal
Below is a summary of Federal Register announcements regarding federal
regulations, agency meetings, and other notices of interest to the
geoscience community. Entries are listed in chronological order and
show the federal agency involved, the title, and the citation. The
Federal Register is available online at http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/fedreg/frcont04.html.
Information on submitting comments and reading announcements are also
available online at http://www.regulation.gov.
USGS requests public comments on guidelines for providing appropriate
access to geospatial data in response to security concerns. Comments
must be submitted by June 2, 2004. Send comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org
or by postal mail to FGDC HSWG Guidelines Review, 511 National Center,
12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, Virginia 20192. Volume 69, Number
85 (3 May 2004): p. 24182.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration (NOAA), Commerce; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE),
Defense; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Interior; Natural
Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Agriculture; Department of
Transportation request comments on "Draft Physical Stream Assessment:
A Review of Selected Protocols for Use in the Clean Water Act Section
404 Program". Comments must be postmarked or e-mailed on or before
June 28, 2004. Send comments to: email@example.com (E-mail) or Palmer
Hough, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Wetlands Division (4502T),
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460. Volume 69, Number
94 (14 May, 2004): pp. 26823-26824.
DOE, Office of Fossil Energy gives notice that during March 2004,
it issued orders granting authority to import and export natural gas,
including liquefied natural gas. These orders may be found on the
FE Web site at http://www.fe.doe.gov. Volume 69, Number 95 (17 May,
2004): pp. 27906-27907.
USGS, Scientific Earthquake Studies Advisory Committee meeting, June
3-4, 2004. FedEx Institute of Technology, campus of the University
of Memphis, 365 Innovation Drive, Memphis, Tennessee 38152-3115. Volume
69, Number 96 (18 May, 2004): p. 28143.
Executive Order of the President for the establishment of Great Lakes
Interagency Task Force and promotion of a regional collaboration of
national significance for the Great Lakes. Volume 69, Number 98 (20
May, 2004): pp. 29043-29045.
DOI, Minerals Management Service gives notice of extension of a currently
approved information collection (1010-0114). Submit written comments
by July 20, 2004. Volume 69, Number 99 (21 May, 2004): pp. 29324-29327.
The following updates and reports were added to the Government Affairs
portion of AGI's web site http://www.agiweb.org/gap
since the last monthly update:
- Energy Hearings (5-28-04)
- Law of the Sea Hearings (5-28-04)
- Ocean Policy Hearings (5-28-04)
- Political Challenges to the Teaching of Evolution (5-28-04)
- Action Alert: Appropriate Access to Geospatial Data (5-28-04)
- Ocean Policy (5-26-04)
- Natural Gas Policy (5-26-04)
- Science at the EPA (5-26-04)
- Water Resources Legislation (5-24-04)
- Climate Change Policy Overview (5-24-04)
- High-Level Nuclear Waste Legislation (5-19-04)
- Mercury Policy (5-19-04)
- Energy Policy Overview (5-13-04)
- Wetlands Policy (5-13-04)
- Climate Change Hearings (5-6-04)
Monthly review prepared by Emily Lehr Wallace, AGI Government Affairs
Program and Bridget Martin, AGI/AIPG 2004 Summer Intern.
Sources: American Association for the Advancement of Science,
American Institute of Biological Sciences, Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
Chronicle of Higher Education, Environment and Energy Daily, Greenwire,
House of Representatives hearing testimony, Las Vegas Sun, NASULGC
Washington Update, National Academy of Sciences, National Oceanic
and Atmospheric Administration, Nuclear Regulatory Commission website,
THOMAS legislative database, U.S. Geological Survey publications,
United States Senate hearing testimony, Washington Post
Please send any comments or requests for information to AGI
Government Affairs Program.
Posted June 10, 2004