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    PNS Daily News - July 1, 20160 


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Environmental Justice

View of the 2014 Dan River coal-ash spill from the Duke Power Plan in Eden, a site that is still in need of cleanup. (Environment North Carolina)

RALEIGH, N.C. - After promises from Duke Energy and North Carolina's government that the coal-ash ponds in the state would be cleaned up and excavated, the state Senate is pushing ahead with legislation (HB 630) that would offer the power company a cheaper alternative. After its approval by the Sena ...Read More

The city of Oakland, Calif., has banned coal handling at its port facilities, blocking a plan for producers to use the facility to export Utah coal. (JanHanusSr/iStockphoto)

SALT LAKE CITY - Utah environmentalists and government watchdogs are cheering a decision by the Oakland city council to ban coal shipments through its port facilities. The decision puts a roadblock in front of plans for Utah producers to ship coal through the California port to overseas markets. But ...Read More

Colorado families could save more than $1,400 a year in electricity costs under the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan. (Pixabay)

DENVER – Colorado families could save more than $1,400 a year in electricity costs under the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, according to a new report by the Georgia Institute of Technology. Marilyn Brown, the report's lead author, says without any changes in the wa ...Read More

Under the 1976 law the EPA was unable to regulate asbestos. (Ktorbeck/Wikimedia Commons).

NEW YORK - The first major overhaul of the federal Toxic Substances Control Act is now law. President Obama signed the legislation Wednesday, vastly expanding the Environmental Protection Agency's authority to test and regulate the thousands of chemicals in daily use. Liz Hitchcock, the legislative ...Read More

In 2011, the EPA released its first-ever findings of environmental discrimination in a case of pesticide spray near a California school. (Chafer Machinery/Flickr)

SEATTLE - The Environmental Protection Agency rarely investigates complaints from minority communities that allege local environmental regulations are discriminatory. According to the Center for Public Integrity, only one of seven cases in Washington state has been accepted for investigation sinc ...Read More

An EPA investigation into the use of pesticides near a California high school took 12 years to resolve. (Mr_Write/morguefile)

PORTLAND, Ore. - Despite more than 300 complaints that local environmental regulations have been discriminatory toward minority communities, the Environmental Protection Agency has never made a formal finding of a civil-rights violation. According to the Center for Public Integrity, none of the ei ...Read More

A proposed law would put New York on track to achieve 100 percent of its energy from clean, renewable sources by 2050. (Billy Hathorn/Wikimedia Commons)

ALBANY, N.Y. - Hundreds of labor, community and environmental leaders gathered in Albany today, urging legislators to pass the New York State Climate and Community Protection Act. The bill would turn Gov. Andrew Cuomo's executive orders on climate change into law. Paul Getsos, interim campaign dire ...Read More

Coal companies filing for bankruptcy could put taxpayers on the hook for cleanup costs. (Pixabay)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Coal companies filing for bankruptcy could put taxpayers on the hook for cleanup costs. According to analysts, state and federal regulators failed to ensure that self-bonded companies had sufficient and enforceable resources for restoration. Fifty U.S. coal companies have filed for ...Read More

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