PNS Daily Newscast - October 18, 2019 

Baltimore mourns Rep. Elijah Cummings, who 'Fought for All.' Also on our rundown: Rick Perry headed for door as Energy Secretary; and EPA holds its only hearing on rolling back methane regulations.

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While controversy swirls at the White House, the Chicago Teachers Union goes on strike, and retired Admiral Joe Sestak walks 105 miles across New Hampshire.

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Getting New Yorkers Smog Smart

July 3, 2007

Scientists and the Environmental Protection Agency are once again at odds over safety standards -- this time over an issue that can stop you from heading out to the beach for the holiday. The EPA's standards say ozone levels up to 75 ppb (parts-per-billion) are safe, but scientists say that's dangerously high. Georgia McIntosh with Earth Justice says when ozone, which is the major cause of smog, reaches 60 ppb, the air becomes dangerous for many, including the 320,000 New York kids who suffer from asthma.

“We've got kids who can't go outside to play because they can't breathe. It's dangerous for the elderly, anyone with any kind of lung condition.”

New Yorkers can access a new Web site, where they can get the latest on smog and even send a message about ozone to the EPA.

McIntosh explains that the "Adopt the Sky" Web site allows you to adopt one square mile of the sky over the dirtiest parts of the county.

“It's a sort of a different, engaging way to be involved and to speak up for clean air. This is important. This is about protecting all of us, and the time for stronger protection is now.”

Jared Saylor with Earth Justice says the county in New York that reported the most dangerous ozone days last year also offers some of state's best beaches.

“Suffolk County had 15 'orange days,' which is when the EPA recommends that people who are at risk, essentially don't go outside; they try to limit their exposure to outside air.”

Michael Clifford/Eric Mack, Public News Service - NY