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    PNS Weekend Update - June 25, 20160 


    On this weekend’s rundown, we’re covering stories from across the globe, including: After Brexit, Google says many Britons may not know what they actually voted for; a Boston religious leader calls for peace in the wake of the Freddie Gray case acquittal; and Sunday marks one year since marriage equality was upheld by the nation’s highest court.

Waste Reduction/Recycling

Advocates say a proposal by Arizona Public Service to cut net-metering rates in Arizona could cripple the state’s rooftop solar power industry. (francis49/iStockphoto)

PHOENIX - Solar-power advocates say a new rate proposal by Arizona Public Service, if put into effect, could cripple the state's rooftop solar industry. The plan, now before the Arizona Corporation Commission, would cut the rate paid for excess solar energy fed back to the grid by 73 percent, effe ...Read More

North Carolinians generate thousands of pounds of electronics waste every year, and up until now a state program has facilitated the recycling of that material. (Morguefile.com)

RALEIGH, N.C. -- North Carolina companies and individuals for six years have participated in a program to recycle unwanted electronics to comply with a ban on electronics in landfills. On Tuesday, legislation that would reverse those efforts was scheduled for a vote in the state Senate but was remov ...Read More

A new report calls for restricting the use of antibiotics in factory-farmed animals to curb the global spread of infections. (MercyforAnimals/Wikimedia Commons)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – A new report calls for banning or restricting the use of antibiotics in farm animals to curb the global spread of infections. Cameron Harsh, senior manager for organic and animal policy with the environmental advocacy group Center for Food Safety, explains continuously dosin ...Read More

Nuclear Watch New Mexico has sued the operators of the Los Alamos National Laboratory for failing to meet deadlines under a court order to clean up nuclear waste. (Dept. of Energy)

SANTA FE, N.M. - A nuclear energy watchdog group has filed suit against the U.S. Department of Energy and a federal contractor for failing to clean up nuclear and toxic waste at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. The suit claims waste stored at a lab site known as "Area G" hasn't been removed des ...Read More

Leaders from across the state gathered in Denver to learn more about turning human waste into natural gas, which is how Grand Junction currently fuels 40 city vehicles. (City of Grand Junction)

DENVER - Raw sewage rarely draws a crowd, but former Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter joined city leaders from across the state in Denver on Thursday to learn more about turning human waste into natural gas. David Cox, director of operations for the Renewable Natural Gas Coalition, said turning waste into ...Read More

Environmental groups urge Missouri leaders to move toward clean energy. (Sierra Club)

ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Missouri environmentalists call new federal rules from the Environmental Protection Agency a step in the right direction, but feel more needs to happen. Last week the EPA finalized the rules, which are designed to cut methane leaks from new, modified and reconstructed sources. T ...Read More

A Hartford area water plant will produce millions of bottles of water a day. (Steven Depolo/Flickr)

BLOOMFIELD, Conn. - A deal allowing a commercial company to bottle and sell water from the Hartford area's public water supply has some residents up in arms. Niagara Bottling plans to draw up to 1.8 million gallons of water a day from the system for sale as bottled water. Valerie Rossetti of the ...Read More

Environmentalists say investing in renewables would save ratepayers money. (Windtech/English Wikipedia)

ALBANY, N.Y. - Renewables yes, nuclear no, that's the message environmentalists want the Public Service Commission to hear. The public comment period on a proposed Clean Energy Standard ends on June 6. Jessica Azulay, program director with the Alliance for a Green Economy, supports only part of ...Read More

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