Environmental Health


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Environmental Concerns in Child Care Settings

For young children in the United States, almost half (40%) spend their days in licensed child care facilities. In 13 states facilities are required to perform environmental tests for issues such as lead-based paint, lead in water, asbestos, radon. Over 40 states require fire, health or building code inspections. Plan to attend this free, one-hour webinar on Friday, March 20. Click the link to register.


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Disaster Response and Recovery Webinar

Please join us Nov. 8 for a webinar "Disaster Response and Recovery: How Research Improves Preparedness, Response and Recovery." The webinar will highlight the ongoing efforts of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other federal partners in developing strategies to enhance disaster preparedness, coordinate response, and improve the recovery process.

NCSL State Liaisons


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Lead Service Lines

The tragedy in Flint, Mich., caused states to rethink their approach to lead in water and lead service lines. Lead from water sources is the second greatest source of lead in children, primarily coming from lead pipes in the service line, which accounts for an estimated 50 to 75 percent of the lead in drinking water.


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Radon, a cancer-causing natural radioactive gas that you can't see, smell or taste, is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers and the second leading cause of lung cancer in America. Find the legislation lawmakers have passed to actively address the concerns of radon in their states.


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Biomonitoring: Measuring Chemicals in People

This report explains how environmental health labs are engaging in biomonitoring, which provides insight into whether chemicals are getting into and being retained in the body. One of the most critical concerns in enacting legislation is whether the law will provide the intended result.


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Environmental Health Legislation

NCSL tracks state environment and natural resources legislation in the Environmental Health Legislation Database, covering legislation from the 2009-2015 legislative sessions from the 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Each database is searchable by keyword, year, state, topic, bill number and status.