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    PNS Daily News - December 17, 20140 


    Today’s coast to coast news features several stories including; gas prices are at their lowest level in five years and still falling; low gas prices may help the economy but hurt the climate; and new federal regulations expected this week could change the way states deal with coal ash.

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MAP: A recent study identified 29 coal-ash sites statewide. Environmental advocates hope new regulations expected this week will help keep them in check. Map courtesy of Michigan Clean Water Action.

LANSING, Mich. - New federal regulations expected this week could change the way Michigan and other states deal with coal ash, which environmental advocates say is long overdue. Coal ash is the byproduct of burning coal and contains poisonous chemicals such as arsenic, lead and mercury, which are k ...Read More

PHOTO: Even with all of Wisconsin's rivers, streams and lakes, some communities are in near crisis because of a lack of groundwater. The Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters says it will make groundwater protection its top goal in 2015. Photo courtesy of Clean Wisconsin.

MADISON, Wis. - "A few small steps forward." That's how Anne Sayers, program director for the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters, describes what's been accomplished this year to help protect Wisconsin's environment. Sayers said 2014 brought renewed citizen involvement in the Badger State, with ...Read More

PHOTO: Mounds of coal ash are seen at a disposal site in Jefferson County, located near a residential area. Environmental and public health groups are anticipating first-ever EPA restrictions that classify coal ash as a hazardous substance. Photo credit: Thomas Pearce.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Federal rules about the storage and disposal of coal ash are expected from the Environmental Protection Agency this week. Kentucky is "in the center of the storm" about public health risks caused by coal ash, a toxic byproduct created when coal-fired power plants generate electric ...Read More

PHOTO: A view of the Snoqualmie Valley shows why the area is prized for its beauty, even with its proximity to some of the state's most densely populated areas. The Alpine Lakes Wilderness expansion legislation protects another 22,000 acres of the area. Photo credit: Kevin Geraghty.

SEATTLE - Some new wilderness is coming to the state of Washington as part of a pile of public lands and defense spending bills rolled into one big vote. The legislation, which passed the U.S. Senate on Friday after approval in the House the previous week, adds 22,000 acres to the existing Alpine L ...Read More

PHOTO: The future of Colorado's water supply is at stake as Gov. Hickenlooper considers the draft of the Colorado Water Plan, delivered this week by the Colorado Water Conservation Board. Photo credit: Adrian M. Glasenopp

DENVER - The Colorado Water Plan has been two years in the making by the state Water Conservation Board, and it's now in the hands of Governor John Hickenlooper. The governor received the draft Wednesday in a ceremony at the State Capitol. Nathan Fey, Colorado Stewardship Director with American Whit ...Read More

PHOTO: A number of projects along the Texas Gulf Coast are being recommended as top priorities for restoration from the effects of the 2010 BP oil spill disaster. Photo credit: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers/Flickr.

AUSTIN, Texas - As Texas and the Gulf Coast move toward what likely will be the largest ecosystem restoration project in U.S. history, a new report details what it calls the most important priorities in recovering from the massive oil-spill disaster of 2010. The recommendations come from the Nation ...Read More

PHOTO: Stopping fracking on public lands in Nevada is the purpose of a protest planned Tuesday in Reno at the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) public auction of oil and gas leases. Photo credit: BLM.

RENO, Nev. - A protest is planned in Reno today at the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) auction of oil and gas leases that could result in fracking on public lands in Nevada. Dan Patterson, an ecologist with the Center for Biological Diversity, is among those organizing the protest. He says fracki ...Read More

PHOTO: Industry critics say they are very concerned about the impact building big natural-gas pipelines on national forest land might have on downstream drinking water. Photo courtesy of Appalachian Mountain Advocates.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Growth of natural-gas drilling and new pipelines have observers concerned about their impact on public lands. The state is looking at allowing more drilling leases and pipelines on West Virginia state property, and plans for three large pipelines cross national forest land on th ...Read More

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