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    PNS Daily News - February 11, 20160 


    Our roundup of today’s news includes concern that the Supreme Court's decision on climate change regulations could scuttle the Paris climate agreement, presidential candidates are moving on from New Hampshire to South Carolina in search of delegates, and oyster aficionados are watching the latest efforts to restore Chesapeake Bay.

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North Carolina's views are often protected by the efforts of area land trusts who work to secure land and protect it from development. (Doug Kerr/Flickr.com)

TRYON, N.C. - On an average morning thousands of North Carolinians wake up to the sight of a dusting of snow on area mountaintops. And while individuals can own much of the land, the state's 25 land conservancies are working to protect the views for everyone to enjoy. They're guided by the princ ...Read More

President Obama's budget proposals fully fund drought-fighting measures that are supported by conservation groups. (NOAA)

LOS ANGELES - California conservation groups are cheering President Obama's new budget proposal for fiscal year 2017 because it fully funds important anti-drought measures. For example, the budget would put $2 million toward better instruments to measure the water flowing through the Klamath Basin ...Read More

Longwall coal mines can cause significant surface damage. (Helen Simonsson/Flickr)

WASHINGTON, Pa. - Environmental groups say Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) isn't up to the job of preventing and restoring damage from underground coal mining. The DEP's response to a University of Pittsburgh report that found gaps and errors in the agency's data was the ...Read More

Oysters are only at 1 percent of historic levels in the Chesapeake Bay. (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

BALTIMORE – Marine police are cracking down on illegal oyster harvesting in the Chesapeake Bay, but catching someone in action isn't easy. It's just one effort to help restore the oyster population, which is only at 1 percent of historical levels. Operations to restore reefs and plant seed ...Read More

Experts say proving that tap water is contaminated isn't easy, and it's key to getting a federal response. (Michal Mojek/freeimages)

ALBANY, N.Y. - The Flint, Michigan, water crisis is helping to shed light on water contamination cases across the nation, including in Hoosick Falls, New York. After his father died of kidney cancer, water tests in Michael Hickey's home in 2014 revealed high levels of PFOA, a water and oil repellent ...Read More

EPA data suggests that measures to cut carbon pollution under the Clean Power Plan will provide nearly $54 billion in climate and health benefits. (erdenebayar/Morguefile)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The saga over the merits of the Clean Power Plan continues, with the U.S. Supreme Court staying implementation of the standards pending legal challenges. But supporters are confident the standards will ultimately be upheld. Ohio is among 27 states suing the Environmental P ...Read More

State regulators voted against allowing the injection of oil and gas wastewater into the Madison Aquifer, a future source of drinking water. (Matthew Bowden/Wikimedia Commons)

CHEYENNE, Wy. - The Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to deny Aethon Energy's request for an exemption allowing them to dispose millions of barrels of oil and gas wastewater into a portion of the Madison Aquifer. The aquifer underlies Montana, Nebraska, North and ...Read More

USDA will offer lead testing to WIC recipients in Flint. (Pixabay)

LANSING, Mich. - Officials with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) dropped into Flint, Mich., on Wednesday to offer support for residents reeling from the water crisis. Deputy Undersecretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services Dr. Katie Wilson announced residents in Flint who partic ...Read More

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