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POL 491 NIMBYism at Home and Abroad: U.S. Govt. Resources

Provides access to scholarly and governmental resources on the environmental politics and policy phenomenon known as Not in My Backyard (NIMBY)

U.S. Government Resources

Numerous U.S. Government resources are available for discussing and researching NIMBY topics.  These include:


Toxic Release Inventory. (TRI) (This Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) documents hazardous waste emissions in the U.S.
American Factfinder (Census Bureau resource providing economic and demographic information about about multiple regions within the U.S. including the location of hazardous waste facilities.
Energy Information Administration (Energy Dept's statistical branch analyzing many U.S. and international sectors of the energy industry and related environmental matters (Provides one-stop access to major U.S. legal, legislative, and regulatory resources from 1994-present.).  Particularly noteworthy are the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) which contains the text of regulations U.S. Government agencies use to enforce federal laws, (Title 40 features environmental regulations), the Federal Register featuring the text of proposed and newly adopted federal regulations, and which gives individuals and opportunities to comment on proposed federal agency regulations and see the comments made by other individuals and organizations.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission (Agency responsible for regulating the civilian nuclear power industry.)
Environmental Protection Agency
EPA Yucca Mountain Standards
FEMA Map Service Center (Contains flood insurance maps)
Local Climatological Data (Historic and recent climate data from selected U.S. weather stations.
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (Transportation Dept. agency responsible for protecting people and the environment from hazardous materials transportation risks.
State Dept. Keystone Pipeline
U.S. Geological Survey (Geological studies of U.S. and foreign areas.)

Congressional Sources

The U.S. Congress is responsible for approving new laws, revising existing laws, funding government programs, and conducting oversight of these programs management performance.  This is done by various congressional committees and congressional support agencies.  Examples include:

Congressional Record (Includes the complete text of congressional bills, amendments, speeches by Representatives and Senators, and recorded votes.)
House Energy & Commerce Committee
Senate Environment & Public Works Committee
Congressional Budget Office (Examines budgetary implications of federal programs)
Congressional Research Service (Courtesy:  University of North Texas Library)
Congressional Research Service (Courtesy:  Library of Congress 2018-present)
Government Accountability Office (Reports on government program management performance)

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