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FEMA Releases 2020 Operational Guidance as Hurricane Season Begins, Capacity Concerns Circulate

Management Agency’s capacity to respond to upcoming natural disasters while leading the national COVID-19 response.

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COVID-19 Slows the Clean Energy Workforce

Several states have pursued legislation designed to expand the number of clean energy jobs in their state, including legislation that creates new requirements or funding mechanisms for expanding the already-growing clean energy workforce.

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COVID-19 Brings Renewed Focus to Clogs in the System

The coronavirus has exacerbated a problem that has been congealing in pipes across the country for some time— the disposal of wipes down the toilet along with other substances that are clogging wastewater systems.

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SCOTUS Takes Middle of the Road Position in Groundwater Clean Water Act Case

In County of Maui, Hawaii v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund the Supreme Court held 6-3 that when there is a “functional equivalent of a direct discharge” from a point source to navigable waters an appropriate permit is required under the Clean Water Act. 

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SCOTUS Rules Against Bringing State Law Claims in Superfund Case

In a 7-2 decision in Atlantic Richfield v. Christian the Supreme Court held that landowners located on a Superfund site who wanted additional remedies beyond the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plan to clean up the site could not sue in state court,

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Research: Air Pollution Linked to Higher COVID-19 Death Rate

The COVID-19 pandemic may provide states with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to rethink air pollution and its impacts on public health and the environment.

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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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Environmental Health Legislation 2019

NCSL released its summary of state environmental health legislation from the 2019 session.

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Feds Support as States Lead in Communications System Emergency Response

Disasters such as the wildfires in California, flooding in Texas, and shootings in Florida highlight the importance of developing and evaluating state plans and making communications a top priority in disaster response. Recent disasters have highlighted the areas in which the federal government supports states.

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Forever Chemicals: What Are They, and How Are Governments Responding?

PFAS are found in a wide range of products you use daily—–from your cookware, to your rain jacket, to the pizza you ordered because you were running late and didn’t want to use your cookware. 

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