Presentation:   A review of 2009 and 2010 state environmental health legislation

Speaker:          Doug Farquhar, JD



What changes to environmental health legislation has your state legislature enacted in the last year?  What innovative policy responses are being adopted in other states?  This session will cover major trends and topics related to environmental health being acted upon in state legislatures around the country.  Children's environmental health protections, chemical policy reform, consumer product safeguards, indoor air quality and pesticide regulation are just some of the topics that will be addressed. 



Despite revenue shortfalls and budget cuts in many states, environmental health continues to move forward in state legislatures across the country.  This session will look at the current fiscal and political climate in state legislatures across the country and how this has impacted environmental health policy implementation in recent years.  Next, the session will review the major environmental health laws that state legislatures have acted on in 2009 and 2010.  Major topics that will be covered include children's environmental health; indoor air quality issues, including carbon monoxide and radon; lead hazards; mercury; pesticides; toxic substances in consumer products; biomonitoring; and environmental health tracking and surveillance.  Finally, we will examine new trends in environmental health legislation.  For example, chemical policy reform continues to gain momentum in legislatures across the country, with many states implementing comprehensive chemical management policies to fill in gaps in the federal chemical regulatory system.  This session will look at what states have adopted chemical policy reforms and other innovative environmental health policies in recent years, and look at what states might see significant advances in the near future. 


Learning Objectives:


1.       List major environmental health legislation that was considered or enacted in their state in 2009 and 2010. 

2.       Outline major environmental health legislative trends that may be considered in their state in the future.

3.       Identify which states are most aggressive on environmental health legislation.