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Safe Drinking Water Act: EPA Should Improve Implementation of Requirements on Whether to Regulate Additional Contaminants

Safe Drinking Water Act: EPA Should Improve Implementation of Requirements on Whether to Regulate Additional Contaminants

by David C. Trimble
Paperback, 146 pages, 2011, $45.00
ISBN: 9781437988680

Under 1996 amendments to the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), every 5 years the EPA is to determine for at least five contaminants, such as chemicals, whether regulation is warranted, considering those that present the greatest public health concern.

Since 1996, EPA had not recommended any new contaminants for regulation until Feb. 2011, when it reversed its controversial 2008 preliminary decision to not regulate perchlorate, an ingredient in rocket fuel and other products. This report: (1) evaluates the extent to which EPA’s implementation of the 1996 amendments has helped assure the public of safe drinking water; and (2) reviews the process and scientific analyses used to develop the 2008 regulatory determination on perchlorate. Illus. A print on demand report.

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August 12, 2011 at 12:00 pm Leave a comment

New Government Report: Potential Effects of a Ban on Direct-to-Consumer Advertising of New Prescription Drugs

Potential Effects of a Ban on Direct-to-Consumer Advertising of New Prescription Drugs

by Sheila Campbell
Paperback, 8 pages, 2011, $10.00
ISBN: 1437986631

Concerns about direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription drugs have spurred recent proposals for a moratorium on advertising brand-name prescription drugs to consumers during the first two years following a drug’s approval by the Food and Drug Administration. This report examines some of the effects of such a moratorium, drawing on data documenting direct-to-consumer advertising and other promotional activities used by pharmaceutical producers as well as academic analyses of how advertising has affected the market for drugs. Charts and tables. This is a print on demand edition of an important, hard-to-find publication.

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June 6, 2011 at 10:19 am Leave a comment

New Government Report: Policy Reform in the Tobacco Industry

Policy Reform in the Tobacco Industry: Producers Adapt to a Changing Market

by Linda Foreman & William McBride
Paperback, 20 pages, 2011, $20.00
ISBN: 1437986624

The Fair and Equitable Tobacco Reform Act of 2004 eliminated tobacco quotas and tobacco price supports and allowed producers to plant any amount or type of tobacco regardless of geographic location. Flue-cured tobacco producers (FCTP) made greater adjustments to their operations after the buyout than did burley tobacco producers (BTP). FCTP were more likely to increase tobacco acres per farm, pushing up the tobacco acreage per farm at a faster rate compared with BTP. They also invested more per farm after 2004. With over 75% of tobacco farms using hired or contract labor in 2008, the availability and cost of workers have become increasingly important to tobacco producers. Charts and tables. This is a print on demand report.

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June 6, 2011 at 10:15 am Leave a comment

New Government Report: How Food Away From Home Affects Children’s Diet Quality

How Food Away From Home Affects Children’s Diet Quality
by Lisa Mancino
Paperback, 33 pages, 2010, $25.00
ISBN: 1437940846

“This study includes estimates of how each child’s consumption of food away from home, food from school, and caloric sweetened beverages affects that child’s diet quality and calorie consumption. Compared with meals and snacks prepared at home, food prepared away from home increases caloric intake of children, especially older children. Each food-away-from-home meal adds 108 more calories to daily total intake among children ages 13-18 than a snack or meal from home. Both food away from home and all food from school also lower the daily diet quality of older children. Among younger children, the effect of food from school on caloric intake and diet quality does not differ significantly from that of food from home.”

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October 12, 2010 at 11:44 am Leave a comment


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