The Flint Drinking Water Crisis

flintvsdetroitdrinkingwaterDeborah Fennema, Booth Library’s Government Documents LOA has selected some government documents, news reports and websites related to the Flint Michigan drinking water crisis.

“How Tap Water Became Toxic in Flint, Michigan” from the WWLP newsroom http://wwlp.com/2016/01/11/how-tap-water-became-toxic-in-flint-michigan/

1. EPA’s Flint Drinking Water Documents
(October, November and December 2015)

2. High Lead at Three Residences in Flint, Michigan
Transmission of Final Report (Nov. 4, 2015) [28 pages] by Miguel Del Toral

3. Compiled highlights of FOIA requests by Virginia Tech’s Marc Edwards, investigating the Flint water crisis. (pdf)

4. Flint Water Study updates , A website established by an independent research team from Virginia Tech University.

5. HHS to Lead Federal Response in Flint January 19 post from On the Ground This Week: a blog from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the National Library of Medicine.

6. Some historical perspective: Report on Water Pollution in the Lake Huron Basin – Flint River – a 1966 EPA study – [91 pages]

7. Flint’s Mayor Drinks Water From Tap To Prove It Is Safe
(July 2015 local news report from Saginaw Michigan CBS affiliate WNEM)

January 21, 2016

A List of Resources compiled by The National Library of Medicine, Specialized Information Services Division https://sis.nlm.nih.gov/index.html
National Network of Libraries of Medicine Greater Midwest Region http://nnlm.gov/gmr

The information below about health effects of lead and safe drinking water is from the National Library of Medicine resources including the Hazardous Substances Data Bank (HSDB); ChemIDPlus, Tox Town, and MedlinePlus as well as from other federal agencies, local agencies, and other authoritative sources.

Michigan Government Agencies
Taking Action on Flint Water: Flint Water Response Team http://www.michigan.gov/flintwater

Michigan Emergency Management Association

City of Flint https://www.cityofflint.com/

“Water bottle recycling program”; “Governor approves $28 million in immediate aid”; “Non-City of Flint residents receiving Flint River water”; “Efforts continue to provide safe water resources”; “Mayor & Governor announce updates on water situation,” and much more…

Genesee County
•City of Flint Emergency Declaration/Public Health Emergency Declaration http://www.gc4me.com/alert_detail.php
•Water Resource Sites http://www.gc4me.com/departments/emg_mgt_homeland_sec/city_of_flint_water_emergency.php

Genesee County Health Department and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
Facts About Lead in Flint Water (PDF, 600 KB) http://www.childrensdmc.org/upload/docs/ClinicalServices/pccleadinflintwater.pdf

Twitter feeds
•Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division https://twitter.com/michemhs
•Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) https://twitter.com/MichiganDEQ

U.S. Federal Organizations
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
•Sources of Lead – Water  http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/tips/water.htm
•CDC’s Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/about/program.htm
•Blood Lead Levels in Children (PDF, 300 KB) http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/acclpp/lead_levels_in_children_fact_sheet.pdf
•What Do Parents Need to Know to Protect Their Children?  Update on Blood Lead Levels in Children http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/ACCLPP/blood_lead_levels.htm
•Information for Parents: http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/parents.htm
•Water in Hemodialysis http://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/other/medical/hemodialysis.html

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
•Toxic Substances Portal – ToxFAQs for Lead http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/toxfaqs/tf.asp?id=93&tid=22
•Medical Management Guidelines for Lead (Pb) http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/MMG/MMG.asp?id=1203&tid=22

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
•Advice to Flint Residents http://www.epa.gov/mi/advice-flint-residents
•Flint Safe Drinking Water Task Force http://www.epa.gov/mi/flint-safe-drinking-water-task-force
•Lead http://www.epa.gov/lead
•Lead in Drinking Water http://www.epa.gov/lead/protect-your-family#water

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Department of Homeland Security
•Michigan Contaminated Water (EM-3375) http://www.fema.gov/disaster/3375

Health Resources for the Public from the National Library of Medicine
Tox Town – Interactive guide to toxic substances and environmental health issues in everyday places
•Lead http://toxtown.nlm.nih.gov/text_version/chemicals.php?id=16
•Drinking Water http://toxtown.nlm.nih.gov/text_version/locations.php?id=18

Tox Town en español
•Plomo http://toxtown.nlm.nih.gov/espanol/chemicals.php?id=59
•Agua potable http://toxtown.nlm.nih.gov/espanol/locations.php?id=81

MedlinePlus – Health information for patients, families and health care providers
•Lead Poisoning https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/leadpoisoning.html
•Chemical Emergencies https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/chemicalemergencies.html
•Coping with Disasters https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/copingwithdisasters.html
•Drinking Water: https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/drinkingwater.html

MedlinePlus en español
•Envenenamiento con plomo  https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/spanish/leadpoisoning.html
•Emergencias químicas https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/spanish/chemicalemergencies.html
•Enfrentarse con desastres https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/spanish/copingwithdisasters.html
•Agua Potable: https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/spanish/drinkingwater.html

Health Information on Chemical Components of Lead
Lead Compounds (This record contains general information for lead ions and compounds.)
•Hazardous Substances Data Bank (HSDB) http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/search2/r?dbs+hsdb:@term+@DOCNO+6923
•ChemIDplus http://chem.sis.nlm.nih.gov/chemidplus/name/lead%20compounds

Lead, Elemental (RN: 7439-92-1) (This record contains information for lead in its zero valence state only)
•HSDB http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/search2/r?dbs+hsdb:@term+@DOCNO+231
•ChemIDplus http://chem.sis.nlm.nih.gov/chemidplus/name/lead

Other Information from the National Library of Medicine
Lead and Human Health – Web guide with background information, laws and regulations, and pre-formulated searches of relevant National Library of Medicine databases.
https://sis.nlm.nih.gov/enviro/lead.html
HealthReach – Health Information in Many Languages
Lead Poisoning https://healthreach.nlm.nih.gov/Search.aspx?source=homepage&SearchAllText=lead+poisoning
Disaster LitSM: The Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health
Water Security http://disasterlit.nlm.nih.gov/search/?searchTerms=%22water+emergency%22+OR+%22water+security%22+&search.x=0&search.y=0&search=Search

Lead Exposure and Pregnant Women
Guidelines for the Identification and Management of Lead Exposure in Pregnant and Lactating Women (PDF, 4,24 MB)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/publications/leadandpregnancy2010.pdf
•:Lead – Tips – At risk Populations – Pregnant Women
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/tips/pregnant.htm
Lead and Pregnancy
MotherToBaby.org, Organization of Teratology Information Specialists
http://mothertobaby.org/fact-sheets/lead-pregnancy/pdf/
Lead Screening During Pregnancy and Lactation
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
http://www.acog.org/Resources-And-Publications/Committee-Opinions/Committee-on-Obstetric-Practice/Lead-Screening-During-Pregnancy-and-Lactation
•Blood Lead Screening Guidelines For Pregnant & Breastfeeding Women in Minnesota
Minnesota Department of Health
http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/eh/lead/reports/pregnancy/pregnancyguidelines.pdf

Lead Exposure and Children
Elevated Blood Lead Levels in Children Associated with the Flint Drinking Water Crisis: A Spatial Analysis of Risk and Public Health Response
Am J Public Health. 2015 Dec 21:e1-e8. [Epub ahead of print]
http://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/pdf/10.2105/AJPH.2015.303003
•Leadfreekids.org http://www.leadfreekids.org/
Why children are at risk
http://www.leadfreekids.org/my_kids/index.php#!/why_children_are_at_risk
Educational Interventions for Children Affected by Lead (PDF)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/publications/Educational_Interventions_Children_Affected_by_Lead.pdf
Childhood Lead Poisoning Publications
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/publications/default.htm
State and Local Healthy Homes and Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Programs (CLPPPs)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/programs/default.htm
CDC’s Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/about/program.htm
Blood Lead Levels in Children (PDF, 300 KB) http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/acclpp/lead_levels_in_children_fact_sheet.pdf
What Do Parents Need to Know to Protect Their Children?  Update on Blood Lead Levels in Childrenhttp://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/ACCLPP/blood_lead_levels.htm

Lead in Soil
Lead Toxicity: What are the U.S. Standards for Lead Levels?
Agency for Toxic Substance & Disease Registry
http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/csem/csem.asp?csem=7&po=8
Children, gardens, and lead by Linda M. Ameroso and Charles P. Mazza
Cornell University
http://www.gardening.cornell.edu/factsheets/misc/cgandlead.html
Lead in the home garden and urban soil environment
University of Minnesota Extension
http://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/yard-garden/soils/lead-in-home-garden/
Lead in Residential Soils: Sources, Testing, and Reducing Exposure
Penn State Extension
http://extension.psu.edu/plants/crops/esi/lead-in-soil
•Soil Lead: Testing, Interpretation, & Recommendations
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
https://soiltest.umass.edu/fact-sheets/soil-lead-testing-interpretation-recommendations

Social Media
News, announcements, personal opinions and commentary

Twitter hashtags:
#Flint
#FlintWaterCrisis
#FlintWater

Twitter feeds
•Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division https://twitter.com/michemhs
•Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) https://twitter.com/MichiganDEQ

Facebook
•Michigan Emergency Management Association https://www.facebook.com/memaonline/

Submitted by Siobhan Champ-Blackwell, MSLIS | Health Sciences Librarian
Specialized Information Services Division | Disaster Information Management Research Center
6707 Democracy Blvd.  Suite 510 | Bethesda, MD 20892-5467
301-496-2742, phone | 301-480-3537, fax
https://twitter.com/NLM_DIMRC

 

 

Featured Government and Government related land use websites

Just out! Current government and government related sites recommended by GOVDOC-L, the Government Documents Listserv.

Since we are in the heart of farming country here are a couple of sites of agricultural and rural studies interest…
OpenLandContracts.org , Sponsored in part by the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment, provides information on Corporate investments in world-wide farming.
from the site: “OpenLandContracts.org is an online repository of publicly available contracts for large-scale land, agriculture, and forestry projects. The repository includes the full text of contracts; plain language summaries of each contract’s key social, environmental, human rights, fiscal, and operational terms; and tools for searching and comparing contracts. Launched in October 2015, OpenLandContracts.org promotes greater transparency of land-based investments, facilitates a better understanding of the contracts that govern them, and provides useful tools for governments, communities, companies, and other stakeholders.

Also, the USDA Agricultural Research Service, (ars.usda.gov/) a great site providing information on topics like: new biopestides, new breeds of high yield strawberries, and TONS of nutrition information

 

 

What can you find in Congressional Committee Hearings: Senate, House, Joint or Special?

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A plethora of timely hearings and studies are available in Booth’s Government Documents Federal Depository (GovDocs) stacks –from “Fraud on the Elderly,” “Offshore Tax Evasion,” and “Children Migrating from Central America,” to “Rebuilding American Manufacturing,” “U.S. Policy Toward Sudan and South Sudan,” and “The Charleston, West Virginia Chemical Spill.”

Over 30 recent documents are listed below, investigating drug shortages, forced labor, wasteful spending, pension savings, cyber-crime, the Affordable Care Act and more; Most hearings can be read online as e-documents but some are only available in paper and are located in our GovDocs room on the second floor, north. They are but a fraction of what is here waiting for you to explore. Please ask us for assistance if you need it. We are here to help!

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The Government Printing Office in 1887

Congressional Hearings: A meeting or session of the Senate, House of Representatives, Joint or Special Committees of Congress organized to obtain information, testimony, and opinions on proposed legislation, conduct an investigation, or evaluate/oversee the activities of a government department or the implementation of a Federal law–they are usually open to the public.

Hearings may also be purely exploratory in nature, providing testimony and data about topics of current interest. Witnesses often include government officials, spokespersons for interested groups, experts, officials of the General Accounting Office and members of Congress. Subpoenas may be issued to summon reluctant witnesses. Most congressional hearings are published two months to two years after they are held.

Other types of hearings:

Field Hearing: a committee or subcommittee hearing which is held outside Washington D.C.–often in the state of a committee member.

Markup: a meeting or series of meetings by a committee or subcommittee in which members perform a section-by-section analysis or “mark up” on a bill or measure by offering, debating, and voting on amendments to it.

Oversight Hearing (or Legislative Review): a congressional review of the way in which federal agencies implement laws to ensure they are carrying out the intent of Congress; to inquire into the efficiency of implementation; and to evaluate the effectiveness of the law. Oversight hearings also determine whether laws should be changed or if additional laws are necessary.

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“…IS SUPPORTING CANDIDATES AND CAMPAIGN FUNDRAISING AN APPROPRIATE USE OF A GOVERNMENT OFFICE?”
Hearing before the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform | House of Representatives | Call # Document Y 4 .G74/7:113-125  & online

healthmedTWO WEEKS UNTIL ENROLLMENT: QUESTIONS FOR THE CENTER FOR CONSUMER INFORMATION AND INSURANCE OVERSIGHT / CCIIO
Hearing before the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the Committee on Energy and Commerce | House of Representatives
Call # Document Y 4  .C73/8:113-84

radioactiveOVERSIGHT OF DOE’S STRATEGY FOR THE MANAGEMENT AND DISPOSAL OF USED NUCLEAR FUEL AND HIGH-LEVEL RADIOACTIVE WASTE
Hearing before the Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy of the Committee on Energy and Commerce
Call # Document Y 4 .C73/8:113-77

fraudFRAUD ON THE ELDERLY: A GROWING CONCERN FOR A GROWING POPULATION
Hearing before the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade of the Committee on Energy and Commerce
Call # Document Y 4  .C73/8:113-41

cybercrimeCAN TECHNOLOGY PROTECT AMERICANS FROM INTERNATIONAL CYBER-CRIMINALS?
Hearing before the Subcommittee on Oversight & Subcommittee Research and Technology Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
Call # Document Y 4 .SCI2:113-67

dollar$PENSION SAVINGS: ARE WORKERS SAVING ENOUGH FOR RETIREMENT?
Hearing before the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions
Call # Document Y 4  .L11/4:S.HRG.113-337

 

bstnmarathonTHE BOSTON MARATHON BOMBINGS, ONE YEAR ON: A LOOK BACK TO LOOK FORWARD
Hearing before the Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives
Call # Document Y 4 .H75:113-64

chemspillTHE CHARLESTON, WEST VIRGINIA CHEMICAL SPILL
Field Hearing | Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
Document Y 4  .T68/2:113-53

 

auctionbidCONTRACTING AWAY ACCOUNTABILITY–REVERSE AUCTIONS IN FEDERAL AGENCY ACQUISITIONS
Joint Hearing | Small Business Committee on Contracting and Workforce | Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations | Committee on Veteran’s Affairs Document Y 4 .M 1:113-48

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BARRIERS TO ENTREPRENEURSHIP: EXAMINING THE ANTI-TRUST IMPLICATIONS OF OCCUPATIONAL LICENSING * Hearing * Committee on Small Business * Document Y 4  .SM1:113-076 & e-doc

flagsudanU.S. POLICY TOWARD SUDAN AND SOUTH SUDANHearing * Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations * Document Y 4 . F 76/1:113-178 & e-doc

 

A ROADMAP FOR HACKERS? – DOCUMENTS DETAILING HEALTHCARE.GOV SECURITY VULNERABILITIESHearing Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Document Y 4  .G 74/7:113-141

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THE ISIS THREAT: WEIGHING THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION’S RESPONSE
Hearing Committee on Foreign Affairs Document Y 4 .F 76/1:113-219
and online: http://purl.fdlp.gov/GPO/gpo53603

taxscrabbleOFFSHORE TAX EVASION: THE EFFORT TO COLLECT UNPAID TAXES ON BILLIONS IN HIDDEN OFFSHORE ACCOUNTS HearingPermanent Subcommittee on Investigations of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental AffairsDocument Y 4  .G 74/9:S.HRG.113-397

CATERPILLAR’S OFFSHORE TAX STRATEGYcaterpillarmachineHearingPermanent Subcommittee on Investigations of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental AffairsDocument Y 4 .G 74/9:S.HRG.113-408

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ELECTROMAGNETIC PULSE (EMP): THREAT TO CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE
Hearing Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies of the Committee on Homeland Security Document Y 4  .H 75:113-68

atworkREBUILDING AMERICAN MANUFACTURINGHearingSubcommittee on Economic Policy of the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban AffairsDocument Y 4 .B 22/3:S.HRG.113-262

 

followthemoneyEXAMINING SOLUTIONS TO CLOSE THE $106 BILLION IMPROPER PAYMENTS GAPHearingSubcommittee on Government Operations of the Committee on Oversight and Government ReformDocument Y 4  .G 74/7:113-123

forced laborCOMBATING FORCED LABOR AND MODERN-DAY SLAVERY IN EAST ASIA AND THE PACIFIC HearingSubcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs of the Committee on Foreign RelationsDocument Y 4 .F 76/2:S.HRG.113-461

healthcardEXAMINING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT’S FAILURE TO CURB WASTEFUL STATE MEDICAID FINANCING SCHEMES HearingSubcommittee on Energy Policy, Health Care and Entitlements of the Committee on Oversight and Government ReformDocument Y 4  .G 74/7:113-123

pillsEXAMINING DRUG SHORTAGES AND RECENT EFFORTS TO ADDRESS THEMHearing Subcommittee on Health of the Committee on Energy and Commerce Document Y 4 .C 73/8:113-117

 

border patrolCHILDREN MIGRATING FROM CENTRAL AMERICA: SOLVING A HUMANITARIAN CRISISHearingSubcommittee on the Western Hemisphere of the Committee on Foreign AffairsDocument Y 4 .F 76/1:113-182

human shieldDENOUNCING THE USE OF CIVILIANS AS HUMAN SHIELDS BY HAMAS AND OTHER TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS IN VIOLATION OF INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN LAW; AND CONDEMNING THE MURDER OF ISRAELI AND PALESTINIAN CHILDREN IN ISRAEL AND THE ONGOING AND ESCALATING VIOLENCE IN THAT COUNTRYMarkupSubcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa of the Committee on Foreign Affairs Document Y 4  .F 76/1:113-208

human traffickingEFFECTIVE ACCOUNTABILITY: TIER RANKINGS IN THE FIGHT AGAINST HUMAN TRAFFICKINGHearingSubcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International OrganizationsDocument Y 4 .F 76/1:113-193

irsAN UPDATE ON THE IRS RESPONSE TO IT’S TARGETING SCANDALHearingSubcommittee on Economic Growth, Job Creation and Regulatory Affairs of the Committee on Oversight and Government ReformDocument Y 4  .G 74/7:113-133

abcTHE KEY TO AMERICA’S GLOBAL COMPETITIVENESS: A QUALITY EDUCATIONHearingCommittee on Health, Education, Labor and PensionsDocument Y 4 .L 11/4:S.HRG.112-902

 

trustlandsOVERSIGHT HEARING ON SCHOOL TRUST LANDS OWNERSHIP WITHIN FEDERAL CONSERVATION AREAS Oversight HearingSubcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation of the Committee on Natural ResourcesDocument Y 4  .R 31/3:113-40

homeland sealTHE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY AT 10 YEARSHearing * Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs  Document Y 4 . G 74/9:S.HRG.113-296

 

moneybagsTHE IMPACT OF THE VOLCKER RULE ON JOB CREATORS, PART II HearingCommittee on Financial ServicesDocument Y 4  .F 49/20:113-62

 

communityBUILDING SAFER COMMUNITIES: THE IMPORTANCE OF EFFECTIVE FEDERAL-LOCAL COLLABORATION IN LAW ENFORCEMENTHearingCommittee on the JudiciaryDocument Y 4 .J 89/2:S.HRG.112-897

epaIS EPA LEADERSHIP OBSTRUCTING ITS OWN INSPECTOR GENERAL?HearingCommittee on Oversight and Government ReformDocument Y 4  .G 74/7:113-124

 

smalliranmapASSESSING THE P5+1 INTERIM NUCLEAR AGREEMENT WITH IRAN: ADMINISTRATION PERSPECTIVESHearingCommittee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs)Document Y 4 . B 22/3S.HRG.113-266

mortgageHOUSING FINANCE REFORM: FUNDAMENTALS OF A FUNCTIONING PRIVATE LABEL MORTGAGE BACKED SECURITIES MARKETHearing * Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs * Document Y 4  .B 22/3:S.HRG.113-145

al qaedaTHE STATE OF AL QAEDA, ITS AFFILIATES, AND ASSOCIATED GROUPS: VIEW FROM OUTSIDE EXPERTS * Hearing * Committee on Armed Services * Document Y 4 . AR 5/2 A:2013-2014/77

 

homesweethomeHOW PROSPECTIVE AND CURRENT HOMEOWNERS WILL BE HARMED BY THE CFPB’S QUALIFIED MORTGAGE RULE * Hearing * Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit of the Committee on Financial Services * Document Y 4  .F 49/20:113-58

humantraffickingLESSONS LEARNED FROM SUPER BOWL PREPARATIONS: PREVENTING INTERNATIONAL HUMAN TRAFFICKING AT MAJOR SPORTING EVENTS * Hearing * Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations * Document Y 4 .L 11/4:S.HRG.112-902

earthNOMINATIONS FOR THE OFFICE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY POLICY AND THE NATIONAL OCEANOGRAPHIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION * Hearing * Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation) * Document Y 4  .C 73/7:S.HRG.113-410

Renters rights in the case of a foreclosure.

hiriseThe federal “Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act of 2009” expires December 31, 2014. Be prepared and get the scoop on where you stand as a renter in the event of your landlord or building management going into foreclosure. Find out  what a “Lis Pendens” is; be aware of what the term “cash for keys” means; do you have a “bona fide” lease? A pamphlet entitled “Tenants in Foreclosure Intervention Project” distributed by the Lawyer’s Committee for Better Housing may be of assistance.

howzsDuring foreclosure, you have the right to…

  1. Be notified in writing if your landlord or the building management changes;
  2. Live in a safe apartment with utilities
  3. Receive written notice if asked to move
  4. Get eviction court records sealed (or made confidential)
  5. Recover your security deposit.

rentermoverYou may also have the right…To stay until the end of your lease

You also have responsibilities…You must continue to pay your rent

For more information, the Illinois Legal Aid Online page details more Rights After Foreclosure.

The OCC/Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, goes into a bit more detail on their page entitled Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act of 2009; for more information on  rental rights results, click here.

Senate Hearings of interest? … you better believe it!

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New arrivals!

Paper copies of the following recently arrived and cataloged Federal Documents are located in the Government Documents room on the 2nd floor north.

School Meal Regulations: Discussing the Consequences for Schools and Students–“One Florida school district estimates students threw out $75,000 worth of food.” Call # Y 4.ED 8/1:113-25 in the documents room, 2nd floor north (electronic versions of most titles will be forthcoming

Your Health and Your Privacy: Protecting Health Information in a Digital World–“…a total of 364 major breaches, since 2009, that resulted in the breach of health data of over 18 million Americans.” Call # Y 4.J 89/2:S.HRG.112-867 in the documents room, 2nd floor north

TSA oversight: Examining the Screening Partnership Program. There are 15,000 administrators being paid at $1.1 Billion. There are 457 airports so that amounts to 30 administrators per airport. Only 35 of our airports handle 75% of total passengers. Call # Y 4.g 74/7:113-95 in the documents room, 2nd floor north

Pushing the Envelope: Publishers Clearing House in the New Era of Direct Marketing. Call # Y 1.1/5:113-153 in the documents room, 2nd floor north

Department of Defense Authorization for Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2014 and the Future Years Defense Program, Part 6. The Department of Defense budget for 2014…$526 Billion. Call # Y 4.R 5/3:S.HRG.113-108/PT.6

Increasing American Jobs through Greater Exports to Africa Act of 2012. Call # Y 4.F 76/1:113-122 in the documents room, 2nd floor north

Water as a Geopolitical Threat. China illegally occupies Tibet and its headwaters serving 1/2 of the world’s population. Syria attempts to dam and stop the flow of water into Israel. Tajikstan charges Uzebekistan $600 million for Rogun Dam. Call # Y 4.F 76/1:113-127

Nuclear Regulatory Commission Oversight: Security of Our Nation’s Nuclear Plants. 2008 incident of sleeping guards at a Pennsylvania nuclear power plant was deemed a “white, or low-to-moderate” safety significance, when the sleeping guard’s duty is supposed to be standing ready to provide rapid response. Call number # in the 2nd floor documents room. Call # Y 4.P 96/10:S.HRG.110-1241

Government Documents–fun & interesting sites to investigate

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Victorian Lady Liberty

The United States Government Printing Office (the GPO) is the world’s largest printer and you have access to much of that here at Booth Library’s Federal & State Depository. Government Documents (GovDocs) are not just legislation, statistics, taxes or HealthCare.gov: GovDocs can enrich your day-to-day existence in all kinds of ways!

With all the great weather this season you may want to check out the following links to help you get back-to-nature; learn about plants; listen to music; and visit parks, museums or other libraries.

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  • Feel like singing in the rain? You’ll find all types music recordings–whether you are into blues, folk, jazz, gospel, and more–as well as speeches and oral history at the Library of Congress’ site American Memory
  • The National Jukebox, also at the Library of Congress, has over 10,000 recordings for your aural pleasure (Includes yodeling and whistling music!)

Just arrived! New State of Illinois Documents

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Illinois State bird-Cardinal; flower-Viola; tree-White Oak

In 1967, the Illinois General Assembly voted and passed a law requiring public access to many types of state government information. Booth Library is one of many depositories receiving all kinds of official state publications for your perusal–in all kinds of formats (paper, electronic, maps, CDs, DVDs and more). These items are organized according to a modified Dewey Decimal Classification System and are located on the 2nd floor, north, in our Government Documents room. State of Illinois items are on the right/east two shelves and encompass a diverse range of subjects:

Located on the 2nd floor, north, of our Government Documents room – in the 1st two shelves to the right (east) – you will find our repository’s collection of State of Illinois titles on a diverse range of subjects:

Employer compliance for the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)…

State of Illinois Executive Order–Implementing Employment First in Illinois: the State’s Policy of competitive and integrated employment as the first option when serving persons with disabilities of working age, regardless of level of disability  |  Call # 353.9 I29ex June 3, 2014

Motorcycle Rules of the Road…

It’s perfect weather to don your helmet, get on that hog and learn the State of Illinois regulations for motorcycle riders in Illinois Motorcycle  |  Call # 629.283 ILLI 2013

and, Illinois history…

The Index of the Journal of Illinois History is available on the Web as a pdf. Volume 15 features the articles, “The Catholic Calumet: Colonial Conversions in French and Indian North America,”  “Sundays at Sinai: A Jewish Congregation in Chicago…Death Blow to Jim Crow,” and “The National Negro Congress and the Rise of Militant Civil Rights.”  |  Call # 977.305 I29ja 2  

Current issues of the Journal of Illinois History, can be requested at the circulation desk. older bound issues are found on the 1st floor, south, in the compact shelving area near the east windows by its call number F 536 .J67 .

Water, water, everywhere?

At this time of the year, many parts of the country are facing seasonal (or ongoing) water scarcity or water contamination issues. Here are a few related government documents addressing the issue. They are all part of the Booth Library government information collections.

journalism

News Gathering illus. by Frederick Dielman

From NPR: Toledo Water Ban Persists After New Test Results Cause Concerns

GOVERNMENT DOCUMENTS–WATER QUALITY

GovDocs PDF file: Farmers Undertake Environmental Land Stewardship Act, 2014

Federal GovDocs online EPA report : The State of Colorado Did Not Fully Assure That Funds That Mining Wastes and Remove Contaminants from Water Were Effectively Spent, 2014

Federal GovDocs online–Public Health and Drinking Water Issues, 2011

State of Illinois GovDocs: Our own state’s latest water quality report Illinois State Water Survey Annual Report, 2004-2005

Welcome to govnews!

Booth Library is pleased to launch a new information service , “govnews.” Govnews will share interesting and topical stories featuring government information found in the Booth Library Government Documents collections. We hope this service will enhance your knowledge and assist you with finding important and often hard-to-find Illinois State and Federal Government information.