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    PNS Daily News - March 4, 20150 


    We’re covering stories from coast to coast, including; a U.S. Supreme court case being heard today could impact millions of Americans receiving subsidies through the affordable Care Act; following a months long political battle, congress approves a 40 billion funding package for the Department of Homeland Security; and another study shows the huge economic impact linked to America’s public lands.

Waste Reduction/Recycling

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/morguefile.com.

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

PHOTO: There are a number of easy ways to cut down on energy use when hosting a New Year's party, and the same tips help you conserve energy year-round. Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons.

MADISON, Wis. - There are plenty of ways to save energy if you're hosting a New Year's party tonight, and many of the tips you might use now will also help save energy in your home year-round. Scott Reigstad, spokesperson with Alliant Energy, says if you're hosting the party, let your furnace rest. ...Read More

PHOTO: While it's hard not to let the children tear into the wrapping paper, experts say saving it for another use, or recycling it where possible, is just one way to reduce the impact of the holiday on the environment. Photo credit: earl53/morguefile.com.

LANSING, Mich. - While many Michiganders are still hoping for a white Christmas, others would prefer folks keep it as "green" as possible by taking steps to reduce the holiday's impact on the environment. Kerrin O'Brien, executive director with the Michigan Recycling Coalition says no one wants thei ...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

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