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EPA Unveils Potential Response to Protect Drinking Water

Over the past 18 months, America’s drinking water has garnered significant national attention as various Safe Drinking Water Act violations, primarily from lead contamination, have gained prominent media exposure.

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Right to Hunt, Fish on Ballot in Indiana, Kansas

Voters in Indiana and Kansas will decide on Election Day whether to amend their respective constitutions to guarantee the right of citizens to hunt and fish.

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International Agreements Aim to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

As states await a ruling from the U.S Court of Appeals on the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, the first week of October witnessed two events on the international front regarding efforts to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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State Legislatures Magazine: GMO Debate Won't End With New Federal Law

An article in this month's State Legislatures magazines focuses on GMO labeling and Vermont’s role in the effort.

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Senate Approves Mandatory GMO Labeling Bill; Pre-empts State Authority

The Senate has approved a bill requiring mandatory labeling of certain bioengineered products while also preempting any existing or future state labeling requirements.

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Regulating GMO Labelling at State and Federal Levels

The first state law requiring certain genetically modified food to be labeled as such goes into effect tomorrow, July 1. 

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Lautenberg Act Marks Foremost Change in Chemical Safety Laws in Nearly 40 Years

The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, marking the foremost change to the nation's chemical safety laws in 40 years, was signed into law Wednesday by President Obama.

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SCOTUS Rules Against the Corps In (Small) WOTUS Case

In United States Army Corp of Engineers v. Hawkes, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously that an approved jurisdictional determination that property contains “waters of the United States” may be immediately reviewed in court.

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Colorado Poised to Roll Out the (Rain) Barrel

Bob Dylan cast his paean to a lady he loved as "Buckets of Rain" and now Colorado residents can legally collect up to 110 gallons of sky tears.

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States to Play Big Role in Preserving Nuclear Power

When the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant shut down in 2014, something happened in New England that hadn’t happened in five years: carbon emissions rose.

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