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Valuable Lessons From Tribal Energy Leaders

NTES provided state and tribal leaders alike an opportunity to sit together, connect and exchange ideas about tribal energy efforts, the impacts on economies, the strides and the possibilities. Experiencing firsthand capacity building in motion and real ways to better understand and honor tribal sovereignty—and each other—participants gained broader perspectives and opportunities to advance energy goals, hopefully with a more holistic view.

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Long-Awaited Updates to Lead and Copper Rule Released—What’s Proposed?

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced long-awaited proposed updates to its Lead and Copper Rule (LCR).

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States Would Gain Significant Authority in New Drone Bill

U.S. Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) introduced the Drone integration and Zoning Act of 2019, restarting a multi-year conversation on the exact role states should play in the deployment of unmanned aircraft, commonly called drones.

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Virginia Wins Uranium Mining Preemption Case

The Supreme Court held 6-3 in Virginia Uranium v. Warren that Virginia’s statute prohibiting uranium mining isn’t preempted by the federal Atomic Energy Act (AEA).

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SCOTUS to Decide Superfund Case

Atlantic Richfield Co. v. Christian is a complicated case raising three legal issues which the Supreme Court has agreed to decide.

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Highlights From the 'Unified Agenda' Regulatory Actions

The White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs has released the Spring 2019 Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions. Commonly known as the “Unified Agenda,” the report is a semiannual update on the administration’s past, present and anticipated regulatory actions across the federal government.

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Webinar Thursday: New Transportation Technology—Avoiding a Patchwork

The question of how drones should be regulated is at the top of legislators minds. Join us to hear from two experts about what these, and other key updates mean for drones in 2019 and beyond. 

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NCSL Joins Supreme Court Amicus Brief in Groundwater Case

In County of Maui, Hawaii v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund the Supreme Court will decide whether groundwater is subject to National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permitting requirements under the Clean Water Act (CWA).

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EPA Clarifies Clean Water Act Requirements to Groundwater

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last week issued an Interpretive Statement clarifying the application of Clean Water Act (CWA) permitting requirements to groundwater, recognizing the state’s leadership role in protecting groundwater and providing certainty to states and others who implement and enforce EPA’s federal permitting programs.

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Michigan Dealing With Multiple Chemical Threats

Chemical threats have long plagued Michigan. The state's long history as an industrial powerhouse also led to contaminations of several communities.

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