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Cleaning Up with Future Generations in Mind

Many Native American tribes hold a perspective that today’s actions can have an impact on future generations. This perspective can apply to a broad range of topics, but it has special significance as it relates to the nation’s nuclear weapons legacy.

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Lawmakers Tackling PFAS in Drinking Water

Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances, or PFAS, are man-made chemicals found in waters across this country. Legislatures are tackling this problem, none more so than in Michigan.

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Hawaii Throws Shade on Coral-harming Sunscreens

Hawaii just became the first state to ban sunscreens harmful to coral reefs.

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NRI Committee Webinar Thusday: Federal-State Disaster Mitigation

NCSL’s Natural Resources and Infrastructure Committee, with jurisdiction over transportation, environment, energy and agriculture issues, is pleased to announce its annual Spring Webinar Series beginning May 3, and continuing through June 28.

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EPA Seeks State Input on Chemicals

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt reached out to EPA’s “co-regulators”—state and local environmental officials—last week regarding per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS chemicals.

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Biggest Growth Sector in the Rural Economy Is ...

Can you guess the biggest growth industry in Rural America? Its not oil, not natural gas. It's not agriculture. It's definitely not manufacturing.

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A Blog on Logs and Gopher Frogs

The dusky gopher frog is at the center of a case about whether the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services properly interpreted the Endangered Species Act.

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House Passes Disaster Recovery Reform Act Under FAA Reauthorization

The U.S. House on Friday passed by 338-13 components of the Disaster Recovery Reform Act as part of HR 4, a bill that would reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration for the next five years.

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New Report on Chemicals in the U.S. Population

A new report discovers that certain chemicals, such as PFOA, BPA and flame retardants, are commonly found in the U.S. population, but lead levels continue to drop.

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EPA To Revise Emissions Standards for Cars, Light Trucks for 2022-2025 Models

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the completion of the midterm evaluation process for greenhouse gas emissions standards for cars and light trucks for model years 2022-2025. EPA's final determination is that current standards are not appropriate and should be revised.

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