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    PNS Daily News - July 6, 20150 


    Updates on a variety of issues on our rundown including; Greece says no to an austerity bailout plan; a new U.S. overtime proposal impacts family time; health coverage updates for LGBT couples and folks from the Lone Star State; and the latest on the cougar hunt quota

Nuclear Waste

PHOTO: 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. 2009 aerial view of INL courtesy of Department 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

PHOTO: The Tennessee Wilderness Act would protect 20,000 acres in the Cherokee National Forest and create the state's first new wilderness area since 1986. CREDIT: Aaron Headley

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – This coming Monday will mark the 43rd anniversary of Earth Day, and a number of events are planned across Tennessee in the days ahead. Among those who will be out and about for some of the festivities is Caara Fritz, a volunteer for Tennessee Wild. "Really, for me, it's j ...Read More

PHOTO: The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission decides this fall on another rate hike request for Xcel Energy. Xcel wants $285 million; the Minn. Dept. of Commerce says the request should be reduced by two-thirds. CREDIT: John Michaelson

ST. PAUL, Minn. - State officials say Xcel Energy's math doesn't add up in the company's latest request for a rate hike. The utility is seeking an increase that would raise customer rates by 12 percent, or about 10 dollars a month on average. The Minnesota Department of Commerce has analyzed the r ...Read More

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