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    PNS Daily New - October 6, 20150 

    In focus on our nationwide rundown: the TPP has been dubbed the most ambitious trade pact in a generation, but there are concerns when it comes to American jobs and health; a big vote in the Keystone State impacting education; and workers turn out to be the largest group to benefit from Medicaid expansion.

Waste Reduction/Recycling

The state Public Utilities Commission is holding hearings for solar power compensation. Credit:

SAN FRANCISCO – The big three California utility companies are going before the Public Utilities Commission in San Francisco today to argue for changes in the way people with rooftop solar are compensated for the energy they feed back into the grid. Right now under the net metering program, s ...Read More

You'll never again look at the contents of your blue recycle bin in quite the same way after taking a Master Recycler course. Credit: Chris Thomas

SALEM, Ore. – The old saying "waste not, want not" takes on a whole new meaning for Oregonians who sign up for a Master Recycler course. If you've ever wondered what happens to the trash you toss out or the contents of those blue curbside recycling bins, there are eight Master Recycler progr ...Read More

The locally-grown food movement is growing in Kentucky, but it faces complex challenges. Credit Greg Stotelmyer.

MOUNT STERLING, Ky. - While Steve Muntz describes his farm in Montgomery County as a "small sheep farm with a few pasture poultry," his involvement in sustainable agriculture reaches across the entire southern U.S. He is executive director of the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group, an ...Read More

Energy and environmental experts met in Albuquerque last week to address methane pollution in advance of new EPA regulations. Credit: Versevend/iStockphoto

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Leaders from the energy industry met with government officials, environmental activists and utility experts last week to find a way to put a cap on methane emissions in New Mexico. The Environmental Protection Agency is considering regulations for methane pollution, a byproduct ...Read More

With a few simple steps, Iowa football fans can make sure that green figures prominently among their team colors during tailgating. Credit: SD Dirk/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - With football season well under way, fans across Iowa are being urged to add some green into their team colors while tailgating. When she was at last week's Iowa-Iowa State game, said Gretta Geneser, communications coordinator at Metro Waste Authority, there was a lot of fun and ...Read More

Budget billing can take the sticker shock out of fluctuating electricity costs for Ohio households. Credit: Achim Hering/Wikimedia

COLUMBUS, Ohio – After a cool start, summer is ending with a sizzle in Ohio. The U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates Ohioans on average paid $340 for electricity this summer, the months of June through August, four percent more than in 2014. Matt Schilling, public information off ...Read More

Full page newspaper ads and a social media blitz are reminding Oregon lawmakers of one priority they didn't advance in the 2015 Legislature. Courtesy: Sierra Club

PORTLAND, Ore. - The Oregon Legislature doesn't start again for five months, but advocates for clean energy are already trying to get lawmakers' attention. The Sierra Club launched an Oregon ad campaign this week on social media and in some major newspapers, suggesting legislative leaders step up ...Read More

A Vermont-based solar energy company is seeing resistance from residents in Oneida, New York, over a proposed solar farm project. Credit: Patrick Moore/

ONEIDA, N.Y. - A Vermont-based company has proposed building one of the largest solar farms in upstate New York's Madison County, which it says could save residents millions in energy costs. But the developer, groSolar, is getting push-back from Oneida residents near the proposed site, who fear it ...Read More

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