NCSL Legislative Video Resource Center

The NCSL Video Resource Center is a collection of recorded webinars accessible for on-demand learning.

Environment and Natural Resources

The Environment Policy Landscape: An Overview

NCSL’s environmental policy experts provide an overview of 2021 state policies addressing environmental health and cleanup, solid waste management and natural disasters, and give a brief federal overview of salient state-federal environmental issues. Speakers include Mindy Bridges, Kristen Hildreth, Shelly Oren and Jennifer Schultz, NCSL.

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Forever Chemicals? State and Federal Actions on PFAS

Get an overview of humanmade chemicals known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), which are cropping up in fertilizer, clothing, food, water and human bodies. Learn what states and the federal government are doing to address this relatively new environmental issue. Speakers include Taylor Meredith, Environmental Protection Agency, Gretchen Slater, Safer States, and Christophe Tulou, U.S. Senate.

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What’s Exceptional? State Efforts to Meet Clean Air Standards

Discover the tools states use to meet clean air standards and protect human health as they address emissions from increasingly frequent and severe wildfires and other natural events. Speakers include Brad Busby, Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, Mike Koerber and Beth Palma, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and Mary Uhl Western States Air Resources Council.

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Solar on Agricultural Lands: Preserving Pollinator Habitat and Soil Health

Explore whether fields that are cleared for solar installations can harm pollinators and learn about state efforts to implement environmentally friendly solar siting policies for agricultural lands.​ Speakers include Maggie Clark, Solar Energy Industries Association, Jordan Macknick, Strategic Energy Analysis Center at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and Gerry Palano, Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources.

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New WOTUS Rule & States Response to Jurisdictional Changes

The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released the “The Navigable Waters Protection Rule,” which updates the federal definition for a “Waters of the United States,” more commonly referred to as a WOTUS.​ The now final rule outlines four clear categories of jurisdictional waters that would be considered a WOTUS, significantly reducing the number of waters under federal jurisdiction. Join us as we learn a bit about the new rule, and how states are responding.

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