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SLLC Files Supreme Court Brief in Waters of the United States Case

In Sackett v. EPA the U.S. Supreme Court will decide the proper test for determining when wetlands are “waters of the United States” (WOTUS). The State and Local Legal Center (SLLC) amicus brief argues that municipal water infrastructure isn’t WOTUS. NCSL did not participate in the brief.

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SCOTUS Reinstates Restrictions on States Ability to Approve Infrastructure Projects

In Louisiana v. American Rivers, the U.S. Supreme Court has prevented a California district court decision from going into effect that vacated (set aside) a rule implementing Section 401 of the Clean Water Act.

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Check Out NCSL's New Resource on Food Safety

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we went from dinner out to dinner in. Americans took to cooking at home and the use of food-delivery apps more than doubled as Americans increasingly ordered takeout instead of eating at restaurants. As food consumption trends continue to evolve, one constant is the concern over food safety.

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Federal Orphaned Oil & Gas Well Program to Help States Fill Reclamation Shortfalls

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021 included $4.7 billion for the federal government to address orphaned oil and gas wells across the country, including more than $1 billion for state and tribal lands.

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In Sackett v. EPA the U.S. Supreme Court will decide the proper test for determining when “wetlands” are “waters of the United States.” This test has long remained unclear because Justice Scalia and Justice Kennedy offered competing definitions in Rapanos v. United States (2006).

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Shedding Light on State Efforts To Protect Waterways

Rivers have long served as a centerpiece of communities and support a variety of economies and purposes: urban, rural, agricultural, industrial and recreational.

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SCOTUS to Hear Major Climate Change Case

In West Virginia v. EPA, the U.S. Supreme Court will examine the scope of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) authority to regulate the emission of carbon dioxide (a greenhouse gas) from power plants.

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NCSL, Lawmakers Brief Congressional Staff on Importance of Infrastructure Funding

Encouraged by the recent bipartisan talks between Congress and the White House, NCSL held a virtual briefing for congressional staff on Capitol Hill stressing the importance of infrastructure as a top state budget and policy priority.

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NRI Committee Launches 2021 Webinar Series

NCSL’s Natural Resources and Infrastructure Committee, with jurisdiction over agriculture, energy, environment and transportation issues, is pleased to announce its annual Spring Webinar Series beginning April 29 and continuing through June 24.

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State Elections 2020: Gambling Ballot Measures

No surprise that 2020 has left many feeling down on their luck.

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