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Climate Change and Air Quality

Climate Change and Air Quality

STATES REACT: EPA STANDARDS

Coal plantUpdated June 6: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is working to finalize rules that would regulate the greenhouse gas emissions from future and existing power plants, as part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan. As these regulations are being developed, states are responding through legislation and public comments to ensure they are meeting their environmental and energy needs and resource mixes.

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CARBON MONOXIDE ALARMS AND CODES

carbon monoxide alarmFind out what your state has to say about smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.  Find a list of state statutes about carbon monoxide alarms and the different requirements in each state.  Note: The information on this page is for reference by state legislators and legislative staff.  If you are a homeowner, landlord or tenant with questions about carbon monoxide detector requirements in your area, please contact your state or local housing department. 

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LIMITS TO STATE AGENCY AUTHORITY

Smoke StackAt least 19 states have enacted laws that limit state agency authority to adopt environmental rules and regulations more stringent than federal law requires. This chart includes laws that apply broadly to environmental agencies, as well as those that apply specifically to state regulations adopted under the Clean Air Act. Legislation is pending in Florida and North Carolina.

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NEW EPA REGULATIONS

Legis Brief logoNCSL’s Legis Brief explores recent EPA actions setting stricter standards for energy producers that are designed to further protect public health and the environment. 

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OVERVIEW | CLIMATE CHANGE AND AIR QUALITY

Air quality remains a prominent legislative concern.  NCSL offers information, research, legislation summaries and technical assistance to legislators and legislative staff on air quality issues. Issues covered include such topics as multipollutant strategies, emissions trading, greenhouse gas emissions, alternative fuel vehicles, regional haze, MTBE and transboundary pollution.

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  • Radon

    NCSL's main resource on radon, a cancer-causing,natural radioactive gas that you can’t see, smell or taste. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers, and the second leading cause of lung cancer in America, claiming about 20,000 lives annually. Radon gas comes from the natural (radioactive) breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water. It is found in every part of the U.S., and can get into any type of building.

  • Climate Change: State Policy Update 2012-2014

    The topic of climate change remains contentious in many states, and legislative trends demonstrate that states are taking a range of approaches with climate policy. This state policy update lists legislative activity from 2012 through 2014, including trends such as climate action plans; responses to EPA regulations; cap and trade; CCS; and adaptation.

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