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    PNS Weekend Update - January 31, 20150 


    Among the stories on our weekend rundown; Arizona health officials trying to keep the lid on a measles outbreak ahead of Sunday’s big game; we’ll take a look at the Dark Side of the Super Bowl; plus we’ll tell you why California is mounting a campaign against e-cigarettes.

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PHOTO: An environmental coalition filed a lawsuit Thursday over the permitting process that allowed for expansion of a crude oil operation in Kern County. The groups claim this could lead to a 1,000-percent increase in the amount of crude brought by rail into California each year. Photo courtesy U.S. Department of Transportation.

Environmental groups are suing over the expansion of one of the state's largest crude-oil operations. The lawsuit contends that the San Joaquin Air Pollution Control District illegally approved permits without environmental review of the risks of importing millions of gallons of toxic and potential ...Read More

PHOTO: A citizen picks up a sign in opposition to hydraulic fracking in Kentucky as she leaves an informational meeting about the technology. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

BEREA, Ky. - Fears of fracking have reached the foothills of central and eastern Kentucky, prompting concerned citizens to quickly organize. Landowners in Madison, Rockcastle and Jackson counties say "land men" from energy companies have been hounding them to sign leases for their property's mineral ...Read More

PHOTO: A handful of organizations are taking the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to court, demanding action on pollution from the country's 20,000 livestock operations. Photo credit: Green Fire Productions/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is being taken to court over the pollution from so-called factory farms in a case that could impact livestock producers and rural residents across Iowa. The petitions, filed in federal court, say the EPA has failed for years to address n ...Read More

PHOTO: The Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission will be updating its policies regarding industry requests not to disclose hydraulic fracturing chemicals in the name of "trade secrets." Photo courtesy of EPA.

CASPER, Wyo. - A recent lawsuit settlement should make gray areas related to public disclosure of chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing more transparent in Wyoming. The Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission will adopt new policies to review industry requests to keep fracking chemicals secret ...Read More

PHOTO: Air pollution that can affect Utah's economy and the health of its residents is one of the many issues state lawmakers will consider during the 2015 Legislative Session, now underway. Photo courtesy of Utah Department of Health.

SALT LAKE CITY - Utah's air-quality challenges are among the issues state lawmakers will consider during this year's legislative session, which started Monday. Representative Patrice Arent (D-Millcreek) is the co-chair and founder of the bipartisan Clean Air Caucus, which is focused on passing legi ...Read More

PHOTO: President Barack Obama's proposal to regulate and reduce methane gas emissions may have a significant impact in New Mexico, which produces a big portion of the nation's methane pollution. Photo courtesy U.S. Department of Energy.

FARMINGTON, N.M. – New Mexico may be among the states most impacted by President Barack Obama's effort to regulate and reduce methane gas emissions. Mike Eisenfeld, New Mexico energy coordinator for the advocacy group San Juan Citizens Alliance, says NASA released a report last year that sho ...Read More

PHOTO: Carbon monoxide poisoning kills hundreds of people every year, and experts say a carbon monoxide detector is a crucial safety precaution in the home. Photo credit: Judy van der Velden/Flickr

CINCINNATI - Winter in Ohio is prime time for what's known as "the silent killer." Carbon monoxide is invisible, odorless, and tasteless, and kills about 500 Americans every year. Sources of the dangerous gas include furnaces, generators and kerosene heaters. As Ohioans try to keep warm, Sheila Goe ...Read More

PHOTO: The penalty could be as high as $13.7 billion for BP, as the final phase in the trial over the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico begins today. Photo credit: U.S. Coast Guard.

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas - The third and final phase in the civil trial over the massive Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico begins Tuesday, and will determine the penalties which British Petroleum (BP) will ultimately receive for violations of the Clean Water Act. The company was al ...Read More

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