Environment

BE IT NOW THEREFORE RESOLVED, that CSG urges the federal government to honor its obligations under the NWPA by continuing (pursuing) the development of a national repository at Yucca Mountain in Nevada, contingent on NRC licensing approval; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that CSG urges Congress to provide DOE and the NRC sufficient funding to carry out their obligations under the NWPA and to fully fund interactions between these agencies and the state governments affected by federal radioactive waste management and transportation activities, including full funding for the state regional transportation projects.

NOW, BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED, that the Council of State Governments supports each state developing policies supporting the capture, injection and underground storage of carbon dioxide while addressing issues such as experimental permits, trust funds to administer programs, and long-term liability; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Council of State Governments urges Congress and the Administration to act in close partnership with state governments and to support and supplement their policies to capture, inject, store underground and withdraw carbon dioxide for beneficial reuse or sale; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Council of State Governments strongly urges Congress and the Administration to support state efforts to store or find beneficial uses for carbon dioxide emissions by providing additional funding and incentives for research into carbon capture and storage technologies and underground storage capacities.

Suggested State Legislation: This Act is based on California law. Under California law, the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission (Energy Commission) is charged with monitoring trends in the supply and consumption of electricity and other forms of energy in the state and analyzing the social, economic, and environmental consequences of those trends.

The U.S. has serious water quality and quantity problems that are likely to get worse. States have taken action on multiple fronts to address the nation’s water quality and quantity problems. However, more action will be needed.
 

Suggested State Legislation: This Act creates a regulatory scheme for geologic CO2 storage. It directs the statedepartment of environmental quality (DEQ) to develop standards for regulating long-term, geologic storage of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the state. The Act provides a list of specific information that is required in permit applications for CO2 storage injection wells. It allows the DEQ to issue permits for pilot-scale CO2 sequestration and storage projects under current rules and regulations. It also requires the State Oil and Gas Supervisor, State Geologist and Director of DEQ to convene a working group to develop an appropriate bonding procedure and provides a $250,000 appropriation for the working group.

Suggested State Legislation: Act addresses reducing statewide greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent from 1990 levels by 2050. The Act directs the state department of environmental protection to determine the baseline emissions level in 1990. The legislation also authorizes regulations creating a statewide and regional registry of greenhouse gas emissions and requires businesses and utilities which emit greenhouse gases to report those emissions to the registry.

NOW, BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED, that CSG strongly urges Congress and the Administration to act in close partnership with state governments as they establish a market-based approach to help the U.S. achieve GHG-reduction targets, while maintaining the competitiveness of U.S. manufacturing and industry in respect to foreign competition;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that CSG urges Congress to adopt policies that involve all sectors of the economy and all sources of GHG.

 

Suggested State Legislation: This Act creates a system to map incidences of cancer and “environmental facilities” throughout the state.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Council of State Governments calls on Congress to pass a federal authorization bill that provides short term funding stability, long term vision, strong federal funding and maximum flexibility to states in meeting transportation and infrastructure needs.

Renewable Portfolio Standards have the potential to offset greenhouse gas emissions, diversify a state's electricity supply, and stimulate the green economy.  As a result many states are adopting and accelerating RPS policies.

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