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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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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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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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Space stations and the law: selected legal issues

Space stations and the law: selected legal issues

Date: August 1986
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This report suggests that Congress need not wait for the completion of the current governmental negotiations in order to begin an examination of the legal issues resulting from space station development and operation. In the near term, Congress could: 1) begin to identify those Federal and State laws which already apply to space station activities and those that Congress believes should apply; 2) begin to resolve questions of power sharing between Federal and State laws and Federal and State courts as they relate to space station activities; and 3) monitor the space station negotiations to ensure that the final space station agreements protect the fundamental rights and interests of U.S. citizens and support U.S. policies, including those related to commercial activities in space.
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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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Review of a Protocol for a Study of Reproductive Health Outcomes Among Women Vietnam Veterans

Review of a Protocol for a Study of Reproductive Health Outcomes Among Women Vietnam Veterans

Date: December 1991
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This report discusses the study that has been proposed as a partial response to the mandate of Public Law 99-272; that law also requires approval from the Director of OTA before any such studies are undertaken, which is the reason for this review. This study is one of three that make up the full VA response to the mandate to look into the health of women Vietnam veterans.
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Does Vocational Education Help the "Forgotten Half"?: Short-term Economic Consequences of High School Vocational Education for Non-College Students

Does Vocational Education Help the "Forgotten Half"?: Short-term Economic Consequences of High School Vocational Education for Non-College Students

Date: September 1995
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This background paper uses very recent data to address that question for individuals just one year out of high school. The paper also presents data on the types of occupations that these young people engage in, and rough statistical correlations between those occupations and types of high-school-level vocational coursework.
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Current Status of Federal Involvement in U.S. Aquaculture

Current Status of Federal Involvement in U.S. Aquaculture

Date: September 1995
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: The purpose of this paper is to provide information on technology issues of immediate importance to the U.S. aquaculture industry.
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Supercomputers: government plans & policies

Supercomputers: government plans & policies

Date: March 1986
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This background paper was requested by the House Committee on Science and Technology. Within the past 2 years, there has been a notable expansion in the Federal supercomputer programs and this increase prompted the committee’s request for a review of issues of resource management, networking, and the role of supercomputers in basic research.
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