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FOOD SAFETY MODERNIZATION ACT

NCSL you Tube imageMike Taylor of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration discusses the state-federal relationship of the Food Safety Modernization Act.

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STATE BOTTLE BILLS

Plastic bottlesBeverage container deposit laws, or bottle bills, are designed to reduce litter and capture bottles, cans, and other containers for recycling. Ten states and Guam have a deposit-refund system for beverage containers. Deposit amounts vary from two cents to 15 cents, depending on the type of beverage and volume of the container. 

 

SMALL MODULAR NUCLEAR REACTORS WEBINAR

webinar logoThe development of small modular nuclear reactors (SMRs), nuclear reactor units with a 300 megawatt electrical output or less, has inspired renewed interest and investment, which could lead to a revival of the U.S. nuclear industry. This webinar explored the unique characteristics of SMRs and their potential role in the nuclear energy industry.

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SUMMIT SESSIONS ON ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES

2014 Summit logoCheck out all of the Environmental Protection and Natural Resources sessions taking place at this year’s Summit in Minneapolis, Aug. 19-22.

OVERVIEW | ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES

NCSL’s environment and natural resources program provides research and analysis on important state policy trends to assist legislators and legislative staff. We track issues in seven major categories: climate change and air quality, environmental health, healthy communities, land use, natural resources, waste management and water. 

Contact NCSL staff for information about our work on these issues or to arrange for customized technical assistance in your state, which can include briefings on state policy trends, in-depth research and meeting facilitation.

 

STANDING COMMITTEE

The Natural Resources and Infrastructure Committee is one of eight that educates Congress and federal agencies about state concerns and serves as a forum for state legislators and legislative staff. In particular, this committee has jurisdiction over state and federal energy, environment, agriculture and transportation programs, legislation, regulations and policies.

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DATABASES

NCSL tracks state legislation on energy, environmental health and the environment. These databases cover legislation from the 2009-2013 legislative sessions from the 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Each database is searchable by keyword, year, state, topic, bill number and status.

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  • 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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