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NCSL Resources In Observance of National Public Health Week

Outside genetics, the environment has the foremost impact on a person’s health. Environmental health ensures that the natural and man-made environments are safe and do not harm human health.

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Defining Consent: What to do with Nuclear Waste

The long-term storage and disposal of spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste in the United States is an ongoing environmental issue and increasingly a very political issue as well.

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SLLC Files Amicus Brief in a WOTUS Case (not THE WOTUS Case)

The issue in Hawkes v. U.S. Army Corp of Engineers is whether a court may review an Army Corp of Engineers “jurisdictional determination” that property contains “waters of the United States” per the Clean Water Act.

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Environmental Health Legislation Tracking Available

NCSL tracks legislation related to environmental health that has been introduced, adopted and enacted from the 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

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6th Circuit Claims Jurisdiction to Decide Clean Water Rule Challenge

In a 2-1 decision the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that it—rather than a federal district court—has jurisdiction to decide whether the Clean Water Rule, clarifying the scope of the “waters of the United States (WOTUS),” exceeds the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) authority.

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It's All ABout Alaska

Imagine yourself (if you can) on an Alaska moose hunting trip riding along in your hovercraft. Oh no your hovercraft has just broken down!

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NCSL Teams With Public Health Law Network For Water Supplies Disclosure List

NCSL has teamed up with the Public Health Law Network, Eastern Region out of the University of Maryland Carey School of Law to produce a list of state laws related to the disclosure of public water supplies.

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States Shift Legislative Focus on GMOs

State legislatures remain interested in genetically modified organisms (GMO), though the focus is shifting from labeling to sound science.

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Vermont 's New GMO Labeling Law Faces Challenges

On May 8, Vermont became the first state in the nation to enact a law that would require labeling of foods with genetically modified ingredients. But soon after Governor Peter Shumlin signed H.B. 112, several companies announced their opposition to the new law, with at least one—the Grocery Manufacturers Association—promising to file suit to stop it.

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This blog offers updates on the National Conference of State Legislatures' research and training, the latest on federalism and the state legislative institution, and posts about state legislators and legislative staff. The blog is edited by NCSL staff and written primarily by NCSL's experts on public policy and the state legislative institution.