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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.

Climate Change/Air Quality

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

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

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

Expanding existing energy efficiency and renewables policies would help Connecticut reach target reductions in greenhouse gases. (SayCheeeeeese/Wikimedia Commons)

HARTFORD, Conn. - Greenhouse gas emissions are increasing in Connecticut, putting state-mandated reduction targets at risk. The state is legally required to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 10 percent below 1990 levels by the year 2020. But new analysis by the Acadia Center shows the state's tota ...Read More

Children's Health Alliance of Wisconsin has information that will help pay for asthma medications. (MayerKleinosthein, iStockPhoto.com)

WEST BEND, Wis. – Asthma is a chronic lung disease that cannot be cured, but can be controlled. In Wisconsin, one in ten adults and one in thirteen children have asthma. May is Asthma Awareness Month, and Kristen Grimes, who manages the Wisconsin Asthma Coalition, recommends that all asthm ...Read More

Advocates fear the impact of oil testing in the Big Cypress National Preserve. (M. Schwartz)

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The Big Cypress National Preserve is one of the most biologically diverse sites in the state, but many who love it say it's not being preserved the way it should. The National Park Service recently authorized seismic testing in the preserve, a process that involves mu ...Read More

Children and infants are especially at risk for health problems due to fracking, according to a new study. (AnitaStarzycka/Pixabay)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Children and infants are especially at risk for health problems due to fracking, according to a new study by the Center for Environmental Health. Ellen Webb, health energy sciences and advocacy manager for the Center and the report's lead author, says it's the first comprehensive ...Read More

Moms are fighting for clean air for children across the country. (Virginia Carter)

BALTIMORE – The Maryland Commission on Climate Change will be meeting twice this week to discuss an update being made to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). The idea is to set climate pollution limits on fossil fuel power plants through 2030. Environmental groups, community lead ...Read More

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