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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.

Waste Reduction/Recycling

PHOTO: Every year in the U.S. and Canada, there are about 25,000 crashes, resulting in 80 to 90 deaths, from material unintentionally discharged from vehicles. Photo credit: w.marsh/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa – As Iowa slowly inches closer to summer, it's becoming a common site on roadways across the state – vehicles hauling yard and garden waste or large, bulky items to area landfills – and drivers are being urged to secure their loads. Leslie Irlbeck, program and ou ...Read More

PHOTO: As California implements mandatory water restrictions, Arizona officials say despite a 15 year drought, such measures are not likely in the Grand Canyon State. Photo credit: California Department of General Services.

PHOENIX – Despite the years-long drought on the Colorado River, Arizona is not facing the historic mandatory water restrictions being implemented in neighboring California, according to Thomas Buschatzke, director of the Arizona Department of Water Resources. Buschatzke says Arizona is a lea ...Read More

PHOTO: It has become the world's largest civic observance, and thousands of people across Iowa are making plans to take part in the 45th annual Earth Day with events to be held on and around April 22. Photo credit: Metro Waste Authority.

DES MOINES, Iowa - With the springlike weather that's now being enjoyed across Iowa, residents are busy making plans and getting ready for next month's 45th annual Earth Day celebration. For those looking to get involved, said Leslie Irlbeck, program and outreach manager at Metro Waste Authority, a ...Read More

PHOTO: Solid fracking waste is piling up by hundreds of thousands of tons at seven New York landfills, according to a report by Environmental Advocates of New York. They are calling for emergency action. Credit: U.S. Geological Survey.

NEW YORK - Nearly a half million tons of solid fracking waste form Pennsylvania have been dumped in New York landfills, according to a new report that calls upon the Cuomo administration to take emergency action. Liz Moran, water and natural resources associate with Environmental Advocates of New Y ...Read More

PHOTO: The Environmental Protection Agency is seeking comment on proposed rules to update standards for ground-level ozone that impact Maine. Photo credit: Jeffrey B. Ferland/Wikimedia Commons

PORTLAND, Maine – Because of Maine's location and the prevailing west-to-east winds, the state's unfortunate nickname in some quarters is the tailpipe of the nation, and public hearings on smog control are of great interest to some in the Pine Tree State. At issue is how the nation should up ...Read More

PHOTO: Michigan's growing solar industry is one analysts say will benefit from a recent $48 million investment from Bloomberg Philanthropies and partners to help states meet new carbon emission targets and transition to cleaner energy sources. Photo credit: Jusben/

LANSING, Mich. - Every state is different, and every state's response to the nation's energy problems will be different. That's why one group is investing in state-based clean-energy solutions to the tune of $48 million. The Clean Energy Initiative from Bloomberg Philanthropies and partners was la ...Read More

PHOTO: Maine is sitting pretty and setting the pace when it comes to meeting the goals of the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan, which would require states to reduce carbon emissions from power plants 32 percent by 2030. Photo credit: tpsdave/Pixabay

PORTLAND, Maine – Maine is sitting pretty and setting the pace when it comes to meeting the goals of the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan, despite the EPA's delay of the new rules. The plan would require states to reduce carbon emissions from power plants 32 percent by 2030 ...Read More

PHOTO: A home energy audit and use of a programmable thermostat are among the easy ways Iowans can reduce their heating bills in the bitter winter weather. Photo credit: Bryan Alexander/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - The deep freeze that has driven down temperatures across Iowa also is driving up energy bills, although savings can be had with some simple steps. One way people can lower their heating costs, said Leslie Irlbeck, program and outreach manager for Metro Waste Authority, is by usin ...Read More

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