Environment

States address storing carbon dioxide.

The CSG Committee on Suggested State Legislation published a draft of Wyoming Chapter 30 of 2008 entitled "Carbon Sequestration" in the 2010 Suggested State Legislation Volume. That Wyoming bill creates a regulatory scheme for geologic CO2 storage. It directs the state department of environmental quality (DEQ) to develop standards for regulating long-term, geologic storage of carbon dioxide...

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that CSG supports efforts to advance the development of EV infrastructure in the near-term, and to foster longer-term benefits that could be derived from the use of grid-enabled technology;

 

This Act defines a “biobased product” and directs the state director of administrative services to establish a Biobased Product Preference Program. The legislation requires state agencies and state institutions of higher education to buy biobased equipment, material, or supplies in accordance with the program. It requires the director of the state administrative services agency to develop rules and procedures state agencies and higher education institutions must use to buy biobased products in accordance with the program. The Act contains provisions allowing these agencies to buy non-biobased products when biobased products are unavailable, fail to meet related performance requirements, or are too expensive. 
The Act requires vendors who offer products under the program to certify their products are biobased and provide related information as requested by the state. 

The Act requires residential home builders to offer home buyers certain water conserving technology, appliances, and landscaping practices. Examples include water-efficient toilets and dishwashers that meet federal Environmental Protection Agency Energy Star Program standards. 

This Act creates a Equine Health and Welfare Council, a Equine Health and Welfare Fund, and a Livestock Care Standards Commission. 

Three items to report on briefly today:

· Two weeks from today, CSG will convene its 2010 National Conference in Providence, RI.  During the meeting, the Energy & Environment Policy Task Force will host an open roundtable discussion focusing on the key issues states can be expected to face in 2011.  The roundtable presents an excellent opportunity for participants to share their insights...

With freight demand expected to double over the next 40 years, it's more important than ever to consider the impact of freight transportation on the environment. This policy brief examines the opportunities for state government to enact policies, get behind federal initiatives and support industry efforts to make freight transportation greener.

Minnesota state agencies are on pace to purchase close to 1 million gallons of E85 in 2010, meaning nearly one-fifth of the retail fuel bought by the agencies is now a blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline.

The federal government will be relying on the states to make the most of its historic federal commitment to clean up and restore the Great Lakes.

On Tuesday, Californians voted down Prop. 23, which sought to suspend California’s landmark global warming/clean energy legislation until unemployment dropped to 5.5% for 4 consecutive quarters.

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