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 Resource Type: Report
 Decade: 1980-1989
 Serial/Series Title: OTA background papers
 Collection: Office of Technology Assessment
Assessing Contractor Use in Superfund: a background paper of OTA's assessment on Superfund implementation

Assessing Contractor Use in Superfund: a background paper of OTA's assessment on Superfund implementation

Date: January 1989
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This report addresses five key questions; to what extent is superfund dependent on contractors? Why depend on contracting to such a great extent? Is the extent of superfund’s dependence on contracting appropriate? Does the extent of superfund’s dependence on contracting reduce environmental effectiveness? Is superfund’s heavy dependence on contracting cost effective?
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Big Dumb Boosters: A Low-Cost Space Transportation Option?

Big Dumb Boosters: A Low-Cost Space Transportation Option?

Date: February 1989
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This background paper describes and examines a launch vehicle concept commonly known as the “Big Dumb Booster,” a concept that derives from efforts first made in the 1960s to minimize costs of space launch systems. Some launch system analysts believe that the use of this concept, when applied to existing technology, could markedly reduce space transportation costs. Other analysts disagree.
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Competition in Coastal Seas: An Evaluation of Foreign Maritime Activities in the 200-Mile EEZ

Competition in Coastal Seas: An Evaluation of Foreign Maritime Activities in the 200-Mile EEZ

Date: July 1989
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This background paper reviews the status of the major sectors of the maritime industry engaged in EEZ activities and notes the significant trends. Basic data on the major sectors were first prepared for OTA by the Maritime Administration. OTA then conducted a survey of industry and other interested parties and prepared the analyses in the paper.
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An Evaluation of Options for Managing Greater-Than-Class-C Low-Level Radioactive Waste

An Evaluation of Options for Managing Greater-Than-Class-C Low-Level Radioactive Waste

Date: October 1988
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This evaluation of management options for greater-than-Class C (GTCC) low-level radioactive waste was undertaken at the request of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. The Committee asked that OTA evaluate existing Federal and non-Federal options for GTCC waste storage and disposal. From its analysis, OTA was to develop an integrated management approach to protect public health and safety in the short- and long term.
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Grassroots Conservation of Biological Diversity in the United States

Grassroots Conservation of Biological Diversity in the United States

Date: February 1986
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This report examines the technological and institutional aspects of biological data relevant to maintaining biological diversity in the United States focusing primarily on Federal data collection efforts.
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Hearing Impairment and Elderly People

Hearing Impairment and Elderly People

Date: May 1986
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This OTA background paper discusses the prevalence of hearing impairment and its impact on elderly people; hearing devices and services that may benefit them; and problems in the service delivery system that limit access to these devices and services.
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Higher Education for Science and Engineering

Higher Education for Science and Engineering

Date: March 1989
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This background paper focuses on the end point of educational preparation for science and engineering careers — undergraduate and graduate study. It places the issue of future supply in the broad cultural context of changing demographics, labor market adjustments, and intervention policies.
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Identifying and regulating carcinogens

Identifying and regulating carcinogens

Date: November 1987
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This background paper was requested by the House Government Operations Committee and its Subcommittee on Intergovernmental Relations and Human Resources. In it, OTA describes policies issued by Federal agencies concerning the identification, assessment, and regulation of carcinogenic chemicals; the chemicals that have been regulated because of carcinogenic risk; the Federal Government’s carcinogenicity testing program; and the results of OTA’s analysis of the extent of agency action on chemicals determined to be carcinogenic.
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Performance Standards for Secondary School Vocational Education

Performance Standards for Secondary School Vocational Education

Date: April 1989
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This Background Paper contains the results of OTA’s analysis. Throughout the study OTA sought and received the assistance of many individuals and organizations in the business, education, and government communities. Their thoughtful contributions and criticisms were invaluable, although their participation does not necessarily reflect their endorsement of the contents of the report, for which OTA bears sole responsibility.
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Science, technology, and the Constitution

Science, technology, and the Constitution

Date: September 1987
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This background paper summarizes and discusses major themes that are being explored in special reports the project on Science, Technology, and the Constitution.
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