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CLEANING UP

Two nuclear towersThe federal government continues a decades-long effort to clean up former nuclear weapons research and production sites around the country.  Learn where the clean-up is complete and where it is continuing. 

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WORKING GROUPS

nuclear tower NCSL’s Nuclear Legislative Workgroup (NLWG) and the State and Tribal Government Working Group (STGWG) provide the opportunity to learn about the cleanup of federal nuclear weapons production and research facilities, the transportation and storage of radioactive wastes, and nuclear energy issues that affect our nation and states, as well as working with the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management (DOE-EM) on the clean-up issues of legacy nuclear sites.

STATE LITTERING PENALTIES

Plastic BottlesStates can discourage littering through a variety of methods, one of which is to create and enforce criminal penalties that punish unwanted behavior. This table summarizes state penalties for littering, which can include fines, cleanup, community service or imprisonment.

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BAG RECYCLING

trashbag States continue to consider strategies to reduce the number of plastic carry-out bags from grocery stores and other retail outlets. 

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OVERVIEW | WASTE

Environment, Energy and Transportation (EET) program staff have information covering a wide range of waste topics, including solid waste and radioactive waste management. 

Solid waste topics include electronic waste, state bottle bill programs, and state waste tire programs. The burgeoning accumulation of solid waste of all types has focused state attention on the three R's of waste management: reduction in the source of waste, reuse of products and materials, and recycling. Other solid waste topics covered by EET staff include composting, litter and landfills.

Radioactive waste management topics include information on used fuel from nuclear power plants, the cleanup of our nation’s cold war weapons and research facilities, and activities of NCSL’s Nuclear Legislative Workgroup. 

 
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