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PNS Daily Newscast - April 20, 2018 


The DOJ delivers the Comey memos to Congress. Also on our rundown: More evidence that rent prices are out of reach in many markets; Wisconsin counties brace for sulfide mining; and the Earth Day focus this weekend in North Dakota is on recycling.

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Public News Service - MA: Waste Reduction/Recycling

Fewer than 5 percent of single-use plastic bags are recycled. (Kate Ter Haar/Flickr)

BOSTON – The Boston City Council is scheduled to vote Wednesday on an ordinance that would ban plastic bags in the city. The average plastic bag given out at store checkout counters is used for about 12 minutes. They are non-biodegradable, clog landfills and pollute the air when burned. Th

Litter is only one reason some communities ban retailers' use of plastic bags. They can also damage equipment at recycling facilities. (Metro Waste Authority)

BOSTON — Last month, two more towns in Massachusetts passed measures to end the use of plastic bags, and backers say it's fueling support for a statewide ban. As more towns and cities pass local bag ordinances, Rep. Lori Ehrlich of Essex said it builds momentum for her statewide legislation.

A proposal to end the state's 5-cent refundable bottle deposit law is drawing fire from consumer and environmental advocates. (SMG)

BOSTON - It's in the early stages, but a bill pending this legislative session is of major concern to Commonwealth consumer and environmental advocates. At issue is a measure supported by the beverage industry that would eliminate the 5-cent refundable bottle deposit paid by retailers and wholesal

PHOTO: The Obama administration’s tough new requirements to limit carbon pollution from new power plants are being hailed as “bold” by some business leaders in Massachusetts.

BOSTON - Linking global warming to disease, extreme weather and other environmental problems, the EPA has set the first national limits on heat-trapping pollution from future power plants. The standard is stricter than one proposed a year ago, and Michael Green of Boston's Climate Action Liason Coal

BOSTON - Clean power, good jobs and energy independence are the goals of a national campaign coming to the Bay State this week, to tour innovative facilities and meet with business leaders. Former Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm is a senior policy advisor for the Pew Clean Energy Program. She'

Boston, MA – More than 26,000 jobs have already been created in Massachusetts, with thousands more to come, according to a new report from The Pew Charitable Trusts on how the clean energy economy is playing out, and the kinds of potential for job growth on the horizon. Lori Grange, interim d

North Adams, MA – Managers of the only green-certified library in Massachusetts are hoping to start a trend. North Adams Public Library began to incorporate energy efficiency programs in 2005, by installing solar panels and geothermal wells, preserving existing light fixtures and furniture, an

Boston, MA - Is it a race against time in Massachusetts to get the lights and the tree up for the holidays? The Sierra Club has a few tips for your holiday decorating this year -- tips that will give the environment a generous gift, and keep more of the "green stuff" in your wallet as well. For i

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