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    PNS Daily Newscast - Tuesday May 31st, 20160 


    Topping the news today: North Korea apparently tried to launch another missile but failed, The head of the Cincinnati Zoo is standing by the decision to shoot and kill a gorilla, and one state is making an attempt to get healthy food to low income residents.

Energy Policy

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

More than 60 percent of Oregonians support permanent protections for the Owyhee Canyonlands, according to a new survey. (Bureau of Land Management)

PORTLAND, Ore. - More than 60 percent of Oregonians support permanent protections for the Owyhee Canyonlands, according to a new survey. Pollsters from Anzalone Liszt Grove Research also found that support increases when participants hear details on what protections would mean for the canyonlands. ...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

Clean-energy advocates protest against a power plant proposed for Oxnard at a meeting of the California Public Utilities Commission in December. (Rene Garcia/CAUSE)

SAN FRANCISCO - The California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) voted today to approve a permit for a new gas-fired power plant in the City of Oxnard, over the objections of the Oxnard City Council and local clean energy advocates. The Puente Power Project, a 262-megawatt peaker plant backed by NR ...Read More

Protesters rallied Tuesday to keep a moratorium on fracking in federal waters off of California. (Center for Biological Diversity)

CAMARILLO, Calif. -- Protesters rallied Tuesday to keep a statewide moratorium on fracking for oil and gas in federal waters off of the California coast. The group picketed in front of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's offices in Camarillo because the federal officials are expected to release ...Read More

A panel of experts on solar energy discussed a new report on net metering at UNLV on Tuesday. (Jackie Zusi-Russell)

LAS VEGAS - Nevada utility customers already are reaping $7 million to $14 million a year from rooftop solar, whether they have panels or not, according to a report released Tuesday by the Natural Resources Defense Council and energy provider Solar City. The research is intended to fill in gaps lef ...Read More

Homeowners are concerned about the environmental and health effects of fracking. (Daniel Foster/Wikimedia Commons)

PITTSBURGH -- The future of a lawsuit seeking damages from opponents of gas drilling near their homes and schools is in the hands of a judge. The lawsuit, filed by gas leaseholders and a developer, seeks more than $500,000 from homeowners and environmentalists who are challenging a zoning ordinance ...Read More

Getting traffic off the roadways is a key to cutting carbon pollution in major cities, according to a Frontier Group report released by Arizona PIRG. (kichigin/iStockphoto)

PHOENIX - If you're stuck in traffic and breathing fumes from the car ahead of you, a new report outlines ways to cut carbon emissions from vehicles by more than half over the next couple of decades. Reducing carbon pollution is seen as a long-term goal by many urban planners, but the report says i ...Read More

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