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    PNS Daily News - July 7, 20150 

    A variety of issues on today's nationwide rundown including; Kentucky getting feedback on updated fracking regulations, while activists are arrested in California protesting oil trains; a U-S District Judge being asked to intervene in the Illinois budget mess to protect vulnerable children; and a wild ride for Washington State workers comes to a happy ending.

Waste Reduction/Recycling

PHOTO: Thousands of Nevadans volunteer at food banks, hospitals, animal shelters, and schools each year, and AARP Nevada is seeking nominees for its highest honor given for volunteerism. Photo courtesy of Douglas County, Nevada.

LAS VEGAS – Nevadans who give their time and talents to help others can be nominated for an award that recognizes the positive contribution of volunteerism. Hilarie Grey with AARP Nevada says the 2015 AARP Nevada Andrus Award for Community Service – named after AARP founder Dr. Ethel Pe ...Read More

PHOTO: Every year, oil and gas development on public and tribal lands leads to the release of more than $360 million worth of natural gas into the environment, according to new analysis commissioned by the Environmental Defense Fund. Photo credit: U.S. Department of Energy.

DENVER - Oil and gas companies operating on public and tribal lands are squandering $360 million a year in natural gas, according to a new analysis released by the Environmental Defense Fund. Bill Midcap, director of external affairs for the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, said the amount of oil and ...Read More

PHOTO: Natural gas that is flared, vented or that simply leaks from development sites is costing New Mexico millions in lost energy royalties, says a new report that examines the financial and environmental impact of gas waste on federal and tribal land. Photo credit: Tim Evanson/Flickr.

SANTA FE, N.M. - New Mexico tops the nation for the amount of methane pollution released from oil and gas drilling on federal and tribal land, according to a new report for the Environmental Defense Fund. The study described the loss as a financial as well as environmental problem, since developers ...Read More

PHOTO: Despite living through an ongoing and historic drought, the city of Santa Fe's residential water use is at an all-time low following a generation of conservation practices. Photo Credit: city of New York.

SANTA FE, N.M. - Two decades of water-conservation practices and policies seem to be paying off for Santa Fe. Caryn Grosse, a water conservation specialist with the city of Santa Fe, says water customers' average daily water use is 95 gallons per person, per day. She says that reflects a major con ...Read More

PHOTO: A public meeting in Phoenix tomorrow is focused on educating voters about the TPP trade agreement, as Congress prepares to vote on fast-track authority for the controversial and secretive trade deal. Photo courtesy of the Arizona AFL-CIO.

PHOENIX - Arizona Congressman Raul Grijalva (D-Tucson) is holding a public meeting in Phoenix on Friday on the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, or TPP. Congress is preparing to vote on Trade Promotion Authority, also called fast track, which the Senate passed last month. Re ...Read More

GRAPHIC: It may seem like a good idea, but Iowans are being reminded that when putting out their recyclables, items must be loose, not contained in a plastic bag. This is because bagged items are pulled from the line at sorting facilities and instead of being recycled, they end up at the landfill. Graphic courtesy Metro Waste Authority.

DES MOINES, Iowa – Efforts to increase the amount of material that is recycled in Iowa are finding success. But one common mistake is leading to a significant number of plastic bottles, cans and newspapers ending up at the landfill. Leslie Irlbeck, program and outreach manager for the Metro ...Read More

PHOTO: A 10-year review of the state's Renewable Portfolio Standard shows it created 100 new jobs a year, and added $17 million to the annual gross state product. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith

HELENA, Mont. - Renewable energy has evolved into a multimillion-dollar industry in Montana. A new report takes a look at the economic landscape during the 10 years of the state's Renewable Portfolio Standard and finds renewable energy has added $17 million to the annual gross state product. Jeff ...Read More

Photo: Duke Energy announced plans to retire Asheville's Lake Julian coal-fired power plant and build a natural gas and solar generation facility. Photo credit: Asheville Beyond Coal

ASHEVILLE, N.C. - In four-to-five years North Carolina will have one less coal-fired power plant. Duke Energy on Tuesday announced plans to retire Asheville's 376-megawatt coal plant. It's something the Beyond Coal campaign has sought for the last five years and senior representative Kelly Martin ...Read More

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