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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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Michigan Dealing With Multiple Chemical Threats

Chemical threats have long plagued Michigan. The state's long history as an industrial powerhouse also led to contaminations of several communities.

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Lawmakers Introduce Nearly 3,500 Bills Dealing With Environment

In 2018, state legislatures introduced 3,486 bills relating to environmental health, enacting 686 of them. This is the most bills on environmental health NCSL has seen since it began tracking the issue in 2012.

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Are States Affected by Conferences Like COP24?

As state legislatures continue to deal with the impact of changing weather patterns that are producing increasingly ferocious hurricanes, tornados, snowstorms and wildfires, climate conferences such as COP24 can highlight additional factors to be considered during legislative debates.

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Is Twilight Approaching for Daylight Saving Time?

As the United States once again prepares to spring forward into another season of extra daylight, the debate over the biannual clock-changing exercise is taking place in at least 26 state legislatures this year, the most since NCSL began tracking the topic five years ago.

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Supreme Court to Decide Groundwater Clean Water Act Case

If a state or local government discharges a pollutant from a point source to a navigable water it must obtain a permit under the Clean Water Act (CWA). But what if that pollutant is conveyed in something—say groundwater—between the point source and the navigable water?

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Thursday Webinar: The Growing Offshore Wind Market

NCSL will host a webinar, “The Growing Offshore Wind Market,” at 3 p.m. ET on Thursday, Feb. 21. This webinar will discuss state action around offshore wind and explore state policies, incentives and financing structures to encourage and support the development of the U.S. offshore wind industry. 

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Food Safety: From Donations to Food Deserts to Edible Pot

NCSL released its annual report on Food Safety Legislation for 2018. This report summarizes every enacted and adopted bill on food safety from the 2018 legislative sessions.

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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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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.