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POL 491B Environmental Federalism: U.S. Government

Governmental and nongovernmental resources for this class.

U.S. Government

A large variety of federal resources can be used to conduct demographic and other kinds of research on state environmental policy. Representative samples include:

U.S. Census Bureau (Provides demographic and economic data on the U.S. population and on states, cities, counties, and other geographic subdivisions.)
American Factfinder (Allows searching by street address and other geographic subdivisions.)
American Community Survey (Allows detailed demographic searching for post 2000 decennial Census data.)
Census of Agriculture (Produced every five years e.g. 2002 and 2007, this National Agricultural Statistics Service resource documents national, state, county, and congressional district agricultural economic activity.)
Census of Governments (Produced every five years e.g. 2002 and 2007, this Census Bureau resource documents state and local government finances, and selected federal spending data.)
Census Quick Facts (Succinct economic and demographic facts for each state.)
Census State Data Centers (Provide data and analyses for individual states.)
County Business Patterns (Annual compilation featuring numbers of businesses by state and county.)
Current Industrial Reports (Census reports measuring industrial activity.)
Economic Census (Produced every five years e.g. 2002 and 2007, this Census Bureau service documents national and state economic activity.)

EPA Regional Offices (Provide information about EPA activities at various sites across the country.  West Lafayette/Lafayette are part of the Chicago regional office.)
EPA Toxic Release Inventory (Environmental Protection Agency resource documenting toxic chemical releases by state, county, community, individual plants, and chemical compound.)
National Agricultural Statistics Service-Serves as the Agriculture Dept's statistical branch and documents agricultural production.
National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (Centers for Disease Control branch studying occupational safety issues.)
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Statistics and Data (Features occupational injury and fatality statistics.
Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Injuries, Illnesses, & Fatalities especially Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries

State Dept. reports on proposed Keystone XL U.S.-Canada Pipeline

Congressional Research Service Reports (Courtesy:  Library of Congress 2018-present)

Subject Specialist

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Bert Chapman
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