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PNS Daily Newscast - April 19, 2018 


A contentious Farm Bill heads to U.S. House for debate. Also on our rundown: gaps cited in protections for small-business employees and nonprofit volunteers; plus some warning signs, that increased youth activism may not correspond to voter turnout.

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Public News Service - IL: Environment

Mayors of Chicago, Highland Park, Elgin, Evanston and Skokie signed a letter to EPA Chief Scott Pruitt, asking him to keep the Clean Power Plan in place. (whitehouse.gov)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Despite the listening sessions being held across the nation about whether to roll back the Clean Power Plan, environmental groups don't have a lot of hope that EPA Chief Scott Pruitt will keep it in place. The Clean Power Plan took effect in 2015, aimed at reducing carbon

Honeybees help pollinate billions of dollars worth of crops in the United States every year.(usda.gov)

URBANA, Ill. — A major endeavor is under way to educate soybean farmers about helping to save honeybees. The Honey Bee Health Coalition this month unveiled a management plan for growers. Adam Dolezal, assistant professor at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, conducted the research

Dynegy Energy has asked for a $400 million bailout, saying that without it, thousands of local jobs will be lost. (nih.gov)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A new state report says Illinois has plenty of power, and environmental advocates say that means there's few reasons to bail out coal plants belonging to Dynegy. The company asked the Illinois Commerce Commission to relax some environmental protections that have been in pl

The Dynegy Energy power plant above the Middle Fork of the Vermillion River operated from the 1950s to 2011. (prairierivers.org)

OAKWOOD, Ill. — Illinois is home to only one National Scenic River: the Middle Fork of the Vermillion River. And environmental groups say it's being threatened by toxic coal ash waste that's seeping from a shuttered power plant owned by Dynegy. Earthjustice and Prairie Rivers said they have

Advocates say low-income residents in Illinois are most impacted by pollution from power plants. (sierraclub.org)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Residents, and health and environmental experts are pushing back against a state government plan to aid Dynegy Coal Plants, claiming the company is being allowed to rewrite clean-air rules.
 Opponents of the plan say efforts to change how emissions are controlled and

Critics say fracking leaves White County vulnerable because of high levels of naturally occurring radioactivity and seismic activity. (il.gov)

WHITE COUNTY, Ill. -- High volume fracking has come to Illinois, and environmental groups are gearing up for a battle. Late last week, the state Department of Natural Resources granted Kansas-based Woolsey Companies a permit to begin fracking at a site in White County, despite cries from environme

Carbon dioxide strips nutrients out of wheat, rice, peas and other crops. (usda.gov)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- A report that looks in depth at how climate change is robbing crops of nutrition says there will be more hungry people and more suffering due to vitamin deficiencies. Samuel Myers, an environmental health researcher at Harvard's School of Public Health, conducted a study in 20

Legislation in the U.S. House could mean more radioactive material moving through Illinois. (illinois.gov)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Environmental groups have a warning for the nation's leaders: Haste will make more waste. A House vote could come as soon as this week on legislation known as the "Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 2017." The bill would mean building more temporary storage facilities around

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