PNS Daily Newscast - April 9, 2020 

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders suspends his campaign for president. And COVID-19 is ravaging the black community in some areas, including Milwaukee.

2020Talks - April 9, 2020 

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders drops out of the race for president, though he assured supporters yesterday his movement will continue. A federal judge ruled this week a lawsuit in Florida awaiting trial will apply to all people with former felony convictions, not just the 17 plaintiffs.

Different Legal Landscape for Coal-Fired Power Approvals

February 18, 2008

Las Vegas, NV – The deadline is near for Nevadans to have their say on air quality issues for the coal-fired power plant proposed for Mesquite. But the climate appears to be changing for coal power, so to speak, when it comes to the dangerous mercury emissions of coal plants.

A federal court threw out the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) mercury emissions rule last week, putting a new twist in the plans for three proposed coal-fired plants in Nevada. The $1.2 billion Toquop plant would provide power to customers in Nevada and Arizona; and Nevadans have until March 7 to comment on air quality issues for the coal plant proposed for Mesquite.

Lydia Ball, of the Sierra Club, says the court ruling means it's back to the drawing board, for new drafts of the air quality permits for the plants.

"You have a stricter standard and more in-depth study of the mercury emissions that are involved in the air permit."

Ball is relieved the court stepped in, because she believes the EPA was falling short in protecting Nevadans from the dangers of mercury.

"This is a perfect example of the Bush Administration 'scheming up' with the coal lobbyists to get around public health protection."

Jim Pew, an attorney for Earthjustice who argued the case, agrees. He notes that, even with its "green-sounding" name, the EPA's "Clean Air Mercury Rule" violated the Clean Air Act.

"What EPA was doing, behind all the showmanship, was allowing power plants to reduce mercury by much less than the maximum amount that's achievable, much later than it should, and ignore all the other toxins that power plants emit."

The EPA says it is studying the ruling, and is not yet prepared to give up its cap-and-trade approach to mercury emissions, although the court determined the method is not sufficient to protect public health.

Michael Clifford/Craig Eicher, Public News Service - NV