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    PNS Weekend Update - April 18, 20150 

    In focus on our weekend rundown: tough questioning in New Orleans as the Justice Department tries to get President Obama’s deferred action on deportation plan unstuck; West Coast sardine fisheries are closing early—we’ll let you know why; and we’ll introduce you to a high school senior being honored this weekend for beating the odds.


PHOTO: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and President Obama. Photo credit: Chaser/Wikimedia Commons.

DENVER - Wednesday marked Mitch McConnell's 100th day as Senate majority leader, and environmental leaders are giving the lawmaker from Kentucky and the rest of the 114th Congress a failing grade. They say the $700 billion invested by the energy sector to secure an industry-friendly agenda is paying ...Read More

PHOTO: A report from the Center for Effective Government finds residents and first responders may not be getting the information they need to prepare for potential chemical disasters. Photo credit: Duster/Morguefile.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Illinois is among the top states listed in a new report identifying often unknown chemical dangers. With today's second anniversary of a deadly explosion at a fertilizer facility in West, Texas, the Center for Effective Government examined significant chemical risks that may be ...Read More

PHOTO: Environmental groups and beekeepers are in court this month in California, challenging state and federal regulators' approvals of pesticides the groups say are harmful to bees. Photo courtesy of Pesticide Action Network.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Save the bees! That's the battle cry in two ongoing court cases in California where beekeepers and environmental groups are fighting regulators over the use of pesticides they contend harm bees and crops. On Tuesday, on behalf of the groups, the law firm Earthjustice asked a f ...Read More

PHOTO: The Holston River is listed as the third "most endangered river" in the nation by the group, American Rivers. Photo courtesy:

KINGSPORT, Tenn. - Tennessee is the only state in the nation to have two rivers listed as "endangered" by the environmental group American Rivers. The Holston River, in the northeast part of the state, ranks third on the list and the Harpeth River in middle Tennessee is listed ninth out of 10. Eri ...Read More

PHOTO: Montana's Smith River has made the top 10 list for most endangered rivers, issued by the group American Rivers. Plans for a large copper mine are listed as a threat to the waterway.    Photo credit: Fish Eye Guy Photography.

BOZEMAN, Mont. - Montana's Smith River has made the top 10 list for most endangered rivers, issued by the group American Rivers. Waterways on the list each year are considered at high risk of pollution or other impairments because of development decisions expected in the coming year. In the case of ...Read More

PHOTO: A new study of online records for just three states found fracking companies committed an average of two-and-a-half violations of drilling rules a day. Photo courtesy of the Sierra Club.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - On average, fracking companies commit more than two-and-a-half drilling violations a day, according to a new study drawn from just a small portion of available public record information. The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) studied five years' worth of online reports for P ...Read More

PHOTO: A watchdog group says the state's largest water utility may want rate payers to bare the cost of mistakes it made during last year's Elk River chemical spill, and for the companies failing to maintain its network of water mains. Photo by Dan Heyman.

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - Watchdogs say West Virginia American Water might stick ratepayers with the cost of its mistakes in the Elk River Chemical spill, plus a backlog of water main repairs. Last week the utility notified the Public Service Commission that it intends to ask for a rate hike. It has n ...Read More

PHOTO: One thousand bottlenose dolphins have been found dead in an area stretching from the Florida Panhandle to the Texas-Louisiana border in the five years since the BP oil spill. Photo Credit: Courtesy Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

AUSTIN, Texas - Five years after the Deepwater Horizon explosion killed 11 workers and released at least 134 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, scientists still are studying the environmental impacts. BP said its data shows the waters are returning to normal, but a new report by the Na ...Read More

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