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    PNS Daily News - July 7, 20150 

    A variety of issues on today's nationwide rundown including; Kentucky getting feedback on updated fracking regulations, while activists are arrested in California protesting oil trains; a U-S District Judge being asked to intervene in the Illinois budget mess to protect vulnerable children; and a wild ride for Washington State workers comes to a happy ending.

Public News Service - New Mexico

PHOTO: The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau celebrates its fourth anniversary this month, and has recovered billions of dollars on behalf of consumers. Photo courtesy City of Springfield, Mo.

SANTA FE, N.M. - The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which celebrates its fourth anniversary this month, has recovered billions of dollars on behalf of people in New Mexico and around the country. Ed Mierzwinski, senior fellow with the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, advocated for the c...Read More

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PHOTO: The Obama Administration faces a legal challenge from a coalition of states, including New Mexico, over the EPA's update to the Clean Water Rule. Photo courtesy of

SANTA FE, N. M. – New Mexico is among thirteen states suing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over its updated Clean Water Rule. The lawsuit filed this week, claims the rule amounts to a power grab by the federal government, seeking greater control over state and local waters. Howeve...Read More

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PHOTO: The U.S. Supreme Court sent the EPA's first-ever national limits on mercury and other toxic air pollution from power plants back to a lower court for review. The Court found the agency should have considered costs to industry earlier in the rule-making process. Photo courtesy of U.S. Geological Survey.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) failed to properly consider costs to the energy industry and utilities early in the rule-making process when trying to limit toxic heavy metal pollution from power plants. The EPA's new rules...Read More

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PHOTO: Natural gas that is flared, vented or that simply leaks from development sites is costing New Mexico millions in lost energy royalties, says a new report that examines the financial and environmental impact of gas waste on federal and tribal land. Photo credit: Tim Evanson/Flickr.

SANTA FE, N.M. - New Mexico tops the nation for the amount of methane pollution released from oil and gas drilling on federal and tribal land, according to a new report for the Environmental Defense Fund. The study described the loss as a financial as well as environmental problem, since developers...Read More

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PHOTO: The EPA has announced that the carbon emissions from aircraft should be regulated under the Clean Air Act. Photo courtesy U.S. Dept. of Transportation.

ALBUQUERQUE – There were more than 130,000 airplane operations recorded at the Albuquerque International Sunport last year, and at this point their carbon emissions are unregulated by the federal government. Recently, however, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that greenhous...Read More

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PHOTO: Reading during summer vacation is critical for students to maintain their academic skills and avoid what educators call summer brain drain. Photo credit Oregon Health Authority.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Parents in New Mexico and around the nation are encouraged to make sure their children read during summer vacation to avoid what educators call brain drain. Time away from books can cause serious loss of academic skills, said Catherine Christmann, manager of the Thomas Branigan M...Read More

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PHOTO: Summer in New Mexico means residents and tourists will be heading to lakes and rivers to cool off and relax, but it also can mean greater risk of drowning. Photo credit: Texas Parks and Wildlife.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Summer in New Mexico can bring an increased risk of drowning, and parents are being encouraged to pay extra close attention to their children. John McPhee, childhood injury prevention coordinator with the New Mexico Safe Kids Coalition, says on average 28 people die from d...Read More

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PHOTO: Despite living through an ongoing and historic drought, the city of Santa Fe's residential water use is at an all-time low following a generation of conservation practices. Photo Credit: city of New York.

SANTA FE, N.M. - Two decades of water-conservation practices and policies seem to be paying off for Santa Fe. Caryn Grosse, a water conservation specialist with the city of Santa Fe, says water customers' average daily water use is 95 gallons per person, per day. She says that reflects a major con...Read More

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