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    PNS Daily News - September 3, 20150 


    We’re covering a range of topics in today’s news including: Congress sets a date on the Planned Parenthood debate; in a step away from technology, Texas takes the lead in face-to-face jail visits; and the earth is losing its trees at alarming rates.

Nuclear Waste

Threats are swirling over accepting nuclear waste for research at the Idaho National Laboratory. Credit: U.S. Dept. of Energy.

BOISE, Idaho – A nuclear waste showdown between Idaho and the Department of Energy (DOE) has reached a new level. The DOE has informed the state that if it does not accept a small amount of spent fuel from two commercial plants soon, it will be sent somewhere for research – and that res ...Read More

PHOTO: Opponents of nuclear power say a major accident at Indian Point Energy Center would endanger the lives of millions of New Yorkers who live within 25 miles of the plant. Photo credit: Peretz Partensky/Wikimedia Commons.

NEW YORK – New York state could soon be generating enough renewable energy to replace the nuclear power produced at the 40-year-old Indian Point Energy Center in Westchester County. This week, Governor Cuomo celebrated the "topping off" of construction of Solar City, a factory in Buffalo expe ...Read More

The Snake River Alliance is asking the U.S. Department of Energy to clarify the limits on  spent nuclear fuel being shipped to Idaho from a commercial nuclear power plant in Virginia. Credit: U.S. Dept. of Energy.

BOISE, Idaho – Nuclear waste has long been a hot potato between Idaho and the federal government, and the Snake River Alliance wants the Department of Energy to clarify long-term plans. Twenty-five spent fuel rods from a commercial plant in Virginia may be shipped to the Idaho National Labor ...Read More

PHOTO: Photo courtesy of the U.S. Dept. of Energy.

POCATELLO, Idaho - Nuclear waste has a complicated history in Idaho, and many of those complications have resurfaced because of the shutdown of a waste storage site in New Mexico and a decision by the Governor to allow Idaho to accept spent nuclear fuel. The Snake River Alliance is holding meetin ...Read More

MAP: The thousands of Marcellus gas wells permitted in West Virginia are producing hundreds of thousands of tons of drill cuttings each year. They contain naturally occurring, low-level radioactive waste, a serious issue for the state's landfills. Map courtesy West Virginia Geologic and Economic Survey.

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – As West Virginia revises its emergency landfill rules, concerns are rising about the tons of low-level radioactive waste from Marcellus drilling going into the state's dumps. One Marcellus well can produce 500 tons of drill cuttings, including naturally occurring radioact ...Read More

PHOTO: Bridgeton landfill's underground fire is drawing fire over odors and safety concerns. Photo courtesy: Missouri DNR

ST. LOUIS - It's been a smelly, hot summer around the Bridgeton landfill, and some neighbors and activists think the landfill owner's plan to keep an underground fire from spreading stinks even more. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is scheduled this week to consider Republic Services' ...Read More

Tsou says McCarthy’s nomination holds special importance to a state such as Pennsylvania, where clean air is affected not only by pollution produced from within but also by entities in other states.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - A U.S. Senate committee controlled by Democrats has given its blessing to the nomination of Gina McCarthy as the next head of the Environmental Protection Agency. That vote late last week came after some Republicans had tried to stall the process, and has people from both sides of ...Read More

Pinned locations show resident odor complaints outside the one mile radius MCE says it is not meant to be a scientific analysis.  Courtesy of: MCE

ST. LOUIS - The Missouri Attorney General's Office has reached an agreement with the company that runs the Bridgeton landfill on how to control the stench from its underground fire. The agreement calls for Republic Services to cap the landfill, but first company officials say they'll need to remove ...Read More

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