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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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Water Abounds - From the Boston Harbor to the Convention Center Halls

When you think of Boston, you may imagine beautiful shorelines stretching down to Cape Cod or Sam Adams and the Sons of Liberty dumping chests of tea into the harbor.

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Recapping the Natural Resources/Infrastructure Committee's Webinar Series

Issues ranging from Real ID to food waste, pipelines, energy markets, water resource planning and more were topics of NCSL’s Natural Resources and Infrastructure Committee's annual Spring Webinar Series.

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Thursday Webinar: Active Assets - Economic Impact of Outdoor Recreation

Natural assets that provide not only recreation for residents but also fuel state economies are the focus of Thursday's final installment of NCSL's Natural Resources and Infrastructure Committee's spring webinar series.

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States Moving Against Sunscreen/Prescription Laws

The Food and Drug Administration considers sunscreen as an over-the-counter drug product. This has led some schools to prohibit students from bringing sunscreen unless they have a physician’s note or prescription.

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Renewable Energy Can Be Key to Tribal Energy Development

Renewable energy can be a key to energy and economic independence for tribes, Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) told a session of the National Tribal Energy Summit in Washington, D.C.

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Senator: Tribes Need Government to Get Out of the Way

Tribes have a litany of energy-development success stories and need the government to get out of the way so they can produce more.

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