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    PNS Daily Newscast - May 26, 20160 


    On today’s rundown: states sue over transgender bathroom directives while a new report finds the justice system is failing transgender people; Utah may revert to the firing squad; Congress finally tackles toxic substances and vigilance the byword as we splash into summer swimming season.

Environment

Coal companies filing for bankruptcy could put taxpayers on the hook for cleanup costs. (Pixabay)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Coal companies filing for bankruptcy could put taxpayers on the hook for cleanup costs. According to analysts, state and federal regulators failed to ensure that self-bonded companies had sufficient and enforceable resources for restoration. Fifty U.S. coal companies have filed for ...Read More

Of more than 80,000 chemicals sold, only about 200 have been tested for safety. (CGP Grey/flickr.com)

NEW YORK – A bill to significantly strengthen the Toxic Substances Control Act should soon be law across the country. The 1976 law made it almost impossible to evaluate the safety and control the use of the more than 80,000 chemicals sold in the United States. In fact, the Environmental Pr ...Read More

Clean-energy advocates protest against a power plant proposed for Oxnard at a meeting of the California Public Utilities Commission in December. (Rene Garcia/CAUSE)

SAN FRANCISCO - The California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) votes today on whether to approve a permit for a new gas-fired power plant in the City of Oxnard, over the objections of the city council and local clean energy advocates. The Puente Power Project, a 262-megawatt peaker plant backed b ...Read More

Protesters rallied Tuesday to keep a moratorium on fracking in federal waters off of California. (Center for Biological Diversity)

CAMARILLO, Calif. -- Protesters rallied Tuesday to keep a statewide moratorium on fracking for oil and gas in federal waters off of the California coast. The group picketed in front of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's offices in Camarillo because the federal officials are expected to release ...Read More

Homeowners are concerned about the environmental and health effects of fracking. (Daniel Foster/Wikimedia Commons)

PITTSBURGH -- The future of a lawsuit seeking damages from opponents of gas drilling near their homes and schools is in the hands of a judge. The lawsuit, filed by gas leaseholders and a developer, seeks more than $500,000 from homeowners and environmentalists who are challenging a zoning ordinance ...Read More

Bill sponsor Sen. Ken LaValle urges passage of his GMO labeling law on Tuesday. (Food and Water Watch)

ALBANY, N.Y. - Consumer advocates were in Albany on Tuesday, urging passage of a bill to require labeling of genetically modified foods before the legislative session ends. Advocates have maintained that the bill has the support of a majority in the Assembly and is sponsored by almost half of the s ...Read More

Moving some produce from this farm in Shelby County and others to food banks in Kentucky is seen as a win-win. (Courtney Farms, LLC)

SHELBY COUNTY, Ky. - Not everything Kentucky farmers harvest from their fields can go to market but there is a way for them to recoup some of their costs and help others at the same time. Farmers who deliver produce rejected by retailers to a food bank distribution center can have the cost of pick ...Read More

Getting traffic off the roadways is a key to cutting carbon pollution in major cities, according to a Frontier Group report released by Arizona PIRG. (kichigin/iStockphoto)

PHOENIX - If you're stuck in traffic and breathing fumes from the car ahead of you, a new report outlines ways to cut carbon emissions from vehicles by more than half over the next couple of decades. Reducing carbon pollution is seen as a long-term goal by many urban planners, but the report says i ...Read More

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