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PNS Daily Newscast - September 28, 2020 

The New York Times reports President Trump's tax returns show chronic losses; and will climate change make it as a topic in the first presidential debate?

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The New York Times obtains President Trump's tax returns, showing chronic loss and debts coming due. And Judge Amy Coney Barrett is Trump's nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Court Victory for Bay Clean-Up Advocates in PA

September 23, 2013

HARRISBURG, Pa. - A victory in federal court in Pennsylvania has been recorded for those in favor of recently-established pollution limits for Chesapeake Bay. Groups including the Farm Bureau and the National Association of Homebuilders took the matter to court, claiming that the EPA exceeded its authority by setting those limits, that the limits are based on faulty science, and that there was not enough time for plaintiffs to comment while they were being established.

Environmental groups view the matter differently. Jon Mueller, Vice President of Litigation for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, argued that the agency is justified in that role.

"I think it was really important for us, at least as an environmental organization representing other environmental organizations, to explain how the parties have all worked together over the years and how much public involvement there was in the development of this," Mueller said.

Mueller said the claim made by the plaintiffs questioning the methods used to establish the limits didn't hold up, because the science is tried and true.

"One model relied on the output from another model, and so it was very complicated, but this model was developed over a long period of time with a lot of scientific and stakeholder input, and so there were adjustments made along the way to this model."

Mueller said the Pennsylvania court decision sends a strong message.

"It now tells the states and the localities that the basis upon which their work is predicated is, in fact, viable and legal and needs to be followed, and we need to get started right away," he declared.

The judge in the case rejected the suit on all three points, saying the Clean Water Act, under which the EPA established the Bay pollution limits, is clear that the federal government must play a key role in pollution reduction.

Tom Joseph, Public News Service - PA