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Disposing of Nuclear Waste an Industry Priority - But Where?

Nuclear plants provide 20 percent of the nation's power carbon-free but the industry faces a significant challenge: what to do with spent nuclear fuel.

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Wisconsin Seeks Solutions to Replacing Lead Service Lines

Wisconsin, like many states following the lead in water situation in Flint, Mich., struggled to figure out how to fund the replacement of lead service lines.

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Maine Clarifies its Food Sovereignty Law

The Maine Legislature, like many states, enacted a law designed to make it easier for food vendors to sell their products without regulatory interference.

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Daylight Saving Time Crawls Back Into the Shadows on Sunday

Our twice-yearly national ritual of changing clocks occurs at 2 a.m. this Sunday as the official national time shifts from daylight saving time back to standard time, except for those places that stay on standard time year round, namely Arizona and Hawaii.

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Clean Power Plan to be Repealed

For a while it seemed certain the U.S. Supreme Court would rule on the legality of the Clean Power Plan (CPP). With new regulations proposed to rescind the CPP, Supreme Court review seems less and less likely. 

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Lead in the Water: Policy Options to Replacing Lead Service Line

Ever since Flint, Mich., discovered lead in the town’s water supplies, communities across the U.S. have begun developing strategies to combat lead in water.

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Countdown Begins For States, Tribes, Territories in Volkswagen  Settlement

The trust effective date for the Environmental Mitigation Trust under the Volkswagen Settlement was set for today, marking the beginning of when potential beneficiaries can apply to receive funding.

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As Harvey Flooding Recedes, Texas Deals With Potential Hazards in Water

As the Texas coast begins to recover from Hurricane Harvey, officials are becoming concerned about the lingering environmental health hazards posed by receding floodwater. 

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Harvey Deluge Swamps State, Federal Resources

The devastation of Hurricane Harvey comes on top of earlier disasters like wildfires, floods, earthquakes that have stressed federal resources to the limit. FEMA’s disaster relief fund is down to $3.3. billion. Any additional funding will require an appropriation from Congress.

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Summit Session: Lead Water Line Replacements

Since the tragedy in Flint, Mich., the public has been concerned about lead pipes in their water service lines. States across the nation have looked into inspecting water supplies or replacing service line to ensure that their children are not exposed to lead.

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