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    PNS Daily News - March 2, 20150 


    We’re featuring stories on several topics including: retailers feeling the pressure after Wal-Mart’s wage increase; nuclear waste clean-up concerns in Idaho; and why a good night’s sleep is just a dream for many Americans.

Environmental Justice

PHOTO: Photo courtesy of the U.S. Dept. of Energy.

POCATELLO, Idaho - Nuclear waste has a complicated history in Idaho, and many of those complications have resurfaced because of the shutdown of a waste storage site in New Mexico and a decision by the Governor to allow Idaho to accept spent nuclear fuel. The Snake River Alliance is holding meetin ...Read More

PHOTO: One of New York's top environmental watchdog groups has finished its review of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's budget proposal for the next year, and has some recommendations. Photo credit: Azi Paybarah/Flickr

NEW YORK – New York's top environmental watchdog group has finished its review of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's budget proposal for next year, and it is less than pleased. Environmental Advocates of New York is the only group that issues a budget review while looking through a green lens, and the grou ...Read More

PHOTO: Montana's congressional delegation has been graded on votes cast related to environmental issues. It's a mixed report card. Photo of the Great Bear Wilderness courtesy of the U.S. Forest Service

BILLINGS, Mont. - It's a mixed set of grades for Montana's congressional delegation in a new national environmental scorecard unveiled by Montana Conservation Voters. The scoring was based on votes related to environment, energy and public health last year. Sen. Jon Tester and former Sen. John Wals ...Read More

PHOTO: Tree plantings are among the 83 projects being funded with a new round of grants from the Chesapeake Bay Trust. Photo courtesy of the Chesapeake Bay Trust.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - From planting trees and grasses to "green up" neighborhoods, to restoration of storm-water systems, $1.6 million in grants for more than 80 projects have just been announced by the Chesapeake Bay Trust. The group's executive director, Dr. Jana Davis, says they offer a wide range ...Read More

PHOTO: Some Washingtonians say oil-train disasters such as the one in West Virginia this month, in which 27 of 109 rail cars full of Bakken crude oil derailed, can only be avoided if the trains aren't allowed in the Northwest. Photo courtesy Office of West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin.

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. - Last weekend's oil train derailments and explosions in West Virginia and Ontario are having reverberations on the Washington coast. On Monday, the Skagit County Hearing Examiner determined that an expansion plan to allow the Shell oil refinery in northwest Washington to accept ...Read More

PHOTO: West Virginia lawmakers are taking up a bill that would roll back part of the water protection law passed after last year's Elk River spill. Observers say it includes a loophole that might apply to Freedom Industries. Photo credit: Dan Heyman.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia state Senate is considering putting what critics are calling "loopholes" in water protections passed after last year's Freedom Industries chemical spill. The Senate Judiciary Committee took its first look at Senate Bill 423 on Tuesday. The measure would roll ba ...Read More

PHOTO: The massive Dan River coal ash spill left remnants of the toxic substance on the riverbank. Duke Energy is being charged with violating the Clean Water Act for this and other water pollution from its coal ash ponds. Photo courtesy of Catawba Riverkeeper.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Late Friday, federal prosecutors filed nine criminal charges against Duke Energy for the pollution caused by the company's coal ash slurry ponds and subsequent violations of the Clean Water Act. The charges include power plants in Asheville, Charlotte, Goldsboro, Chatham County ...Read More

PHOTO: As President Obama prepares to veto a bill approving the Keystone XL pipeline, New York landowners are gearing up for a fight over a different pipeline. The Constitution Pipeline could cut right through their backyards. Photo courtesy of Public Citizen.

NEW YORK, N. Y. — As President Obama prepares to veto a bill approving the Keystone XL pipeline, New York landowners are gearing up for a fight over a different pipeline - one that could cut right through their backyards. The Constitution Pipeline would carry gas through 126 miles of forests ...Read More

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