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    PNS Weekend Update - January 31, 20150 

    Among the stories on our weekend rundown; Arizona health officials trying to keep the lid on a measles outbreak ahead of Sunday’s big game; we’ll take a look at the Dark Side of the Super Bowl; plus we’ll tell you why California is mounting a campaign against e-cigarettes.


PHOTO: An environmental coalition filed a lawsuit Thursday over the permitting process that allowed for expansion of a crude oil operation in Kern County. The groups claim this could lead to a 1,000-percent increase in the amount of crude brought by rail into California each year. Photo courtesy U.S. Department of Transportation.

Environmental groups are suing over the expansion of one of the state's largest crude-oil operations. The lawsuit contends that the San Joaquin Air Pollution Control District illegally approved permits without environmental review of the risks of importing millions of gallons of toxic and potential ...Read More

PHOTO: A citizen picks up a sign in opposition to hydraulic fracking in Kentucky as she leaves an informational meeting about the technology. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

BEREA, Ky. - Fears of fracking have reached the foothills of central and eastern Kentucky, prompting concerned citizens to quickly organize. Landowners in Madison, Rockcastle and Jackson counties say "land men" from energy companies have been hounding them to sign leases for their property's mineral ...Read More

PHOTO: Houston is ranked as the sixth most polluted city in the nation in terms of ozone, but improvements could be coming with an EPA proposal to strengthen standards. Photo credit: Matthew Rutledge/Flickr.

ARLINGTON, Texas – Residents of the Lone Star State are among the few getting a chance to comment in person on a proposed national rule to cut smog by the Environmental Protection Agency. Two public hearings on the proposed updates to air-quality standards for ozone are set for today. One ...Read More

PHOTO: A new report from the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy calls for changes in farming practices to end the over-reliance on chemical solutions that can speed up fungicide resistance. Photo credit: Dwayne Madden/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A new study points to the growing threat of fungicide resistance to agriculture and public health, and calls for fundamental changes in how food is grown and traded. The report is from the Minnesota-based Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy. Dale Wiehoff, the insti ...Read More

PHOTO: A handful of organizations are taking the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to court, demanding action on pollution from the country's 20,000 livestock operations. Photo credit: Green Fire Productions/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is being taken to court over the pollution from so-called factory farms in a case that could impact livestock producers and rural residents across Iowa. The petitions, filed in federal court, say the EPA has failed for years to address n ...Read More

PHOTO: The EPA holds hearing today on smog pollution and advocates say the updated regulations could impact more than 100,000 in the Granite State who suffer from asthma. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

CONCORD, N.H. – It's an issue that impacts more than 100,000 Granite Staters that suffer from asthma and tens of thousands more. At issue is how the nation should update standards for smog pollution, otherwise known as ground-level ozone. Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of America ...Read More

GRAPHIC: A Headwaters Economics report examines the pros and cons of updating the federal coal mining royalty system. The Office of Natural Resources Revenue is considering changes. Graphic courtesy of Headwaters Economics.

CASPER, Wyo. - A report released today delves into the federal royalty system for coal mining on public land - and finds that the Office of Natural Resources Revenue is right in considering changes. The Headwaters Economics calculations found that loopholes in the current system have meant about $8 ...Read More

GRAPHIC: Federal coal royalties are being reviewed, and changes could mean millions more for Montana according to a new Headwaters Economics report. Graphic courtesy of Headwaters Economics.

BOZEMAN, Mont. - Federal royalties for coal on public land are getting a checkup. The Office of Natural Resources Revenue is considering changes, and a report released today by Headwaters Economics looks at what that might mean for Montana and other coal states. Report author Mark Haggerty said the ...Read More

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