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NRI Committee Launches 2020 Webinar Series

A state’s energy mix, the protection of navigable waters, using farmland for solar development, legislative trends in traffic safety and state efforts to meet clean air standards will be discussed in detail during NCSL’s Natural Resources and Infrastructure Committee’s annual Spring Webinar Series beginning April 23 and continuing through June 18.

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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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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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Forecasting Federal Environmental Regulatory Actions in 2019

We’ve put on our fortune-teller hats to provide a look at what major federal environmental regulatory actions we can expect in 2019.

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A Year in Review: 2018 Federal Environmental Regulatory Actions—Part 2

Continuing our previous blog, join us as we dive into a few of the major environmental deregulatory and regulatory actions—both headline and page 3—that have the potential to significantly impact state laws and policies.

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Environmental Issues Covered Under Unified Agenda

Environmental issues including clean energy, pesticides and permitting for infrastructure projects are included in the Fall 2018 Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions released last week.

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Energy, Agriculture Actions in 2018 Unified Agenda

A host of energy and agricultural regulatory actions encompassing bioengineered food, clothes dryers, offshore oil drilling, fuel efficiency and much more were announced when the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) released the Fall 2018 Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions.

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What Happens Now to WOTUS?

In National Association of Manufacturers v. Department of Defense the Supreme Court held unanimously that a legal challenge to the definition of “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) must begin in a federal district court, and not a federal court of appeals. What this ruling means for the 2015 WOTUS definitional rule is unclear.

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New Administration, New Environmental Priorities - EPA Requests Stays in Litigation

Predicting the weather a week from today often involves a high degree of uncertainty. The likelihood of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency being taken to court upon issuance of a major final rule, however, does not hold the same level of uncertainty.

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WOTUS to Stay at SCOTUS

The Supreme Court has denied a request by hold “in abeyance” litigation over whether a federal district court or a federal court of appeals has jurisdiction to rule whether the current 2015 Waters of the United States (WOTUS) definitional rule violates the Clean Water Act.

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