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    PNS Daily News- February 12, 20160 


    Here's what we're following: the Clean Power Plan is being put on hold for now but wildlife advocates say that's no reason for states to stop making changes, more people are being exonerated in the United States and Albert Einstein made a prediction over a century ago, and he was right.

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Colorado's governor says the state won't back down on its efforts to reduce climate pollution, even though the U.S. Supreme Court has temporarily blocked implementation of the EPA's Clean Power Plan. (Mohsan Dabiri-e Vaziri/Wikimedia Commons)

DENVER - On the heels of this week's U.S. Supreme Court decision temporarily blocking implementation of the Clean Power Plan, Gov. John Hickenlooper says Colorado still is committed to having the cleanest air in the nation and will continue to work to reduce emissions. The high court's move comes a ...Read More

Conservation groups want Montana to rely less on coal-fired power plants such as Colstrip, even though the U.S. Supreme Court put the Clean Power Plan on hold. (Talen Energy)

HELENA, Mont. - Conservation and clean-energy groups are urging Montana to continue its path toward renewable energy despite a setback this week, when the U.S. Supreme Court put a temporary hold on the Clean Power Plan while it's in litigation. Montana is one of 27 states that sued the Environmenta ...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

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

Advocates say 90 percent of Americans want mandatory GMO labeling. (Alexis Baden-Mayer/flickr.com)

NEW YORK - A bill requiring the labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, has cleared its first hurdle in the state Assembly. Despite serious opposition from retailers and agricultural industries, the Committee on Consumer Affairs and Protection approved the measure Tuesd ...Read More

Agriculture is the major source of nitrogen and sediment pollution.  (Lynn Betts/Wikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Environmentalists are concerned that the budget proposed by Gov. Tom Wolf on Tuesday is short of the resources needed to meet the state's clean water obligations. Harry Campbell, director of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Pennsylvania office says it will take almost $380 millio ...Read More

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