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PNS Daily Newscast - September 30, 2020 


Trump and Biden square off in a debate marked by interruptions; COVID-19 highlights neglect of undocumented residents.


2020Talks - September 30, 2020 


Last night was filled with interruptions at the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden.

Public News Service - AR: Energy Policy

Methane is one of several gases that escape during oil and gas drilling. (Adobe stock)<br />

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Environmental groups, along with attorneys general of several states, have filed a motion in federal court to force the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate methane emissions from existing oil and gas wells. The Clean Air Act requires the EPA to regulate methane, but th

The energy-efficiency industry reports increased interest in solar in Arkansas, and now generates at least 136 megawatts of energy annually, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association. (Pete Jelliffe/flickr)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Saving energy in Arkansas is giving the state money to spend in its economic sector. Tuesday, industry experts will join local and state leaders at the Arkansas Energy Performance Contracting Summit in Little Rock. The AEPC program has saved public entities in the state

Participants at the first Arkansas Environmental Policy Summit will discuss managing and preserving the state’s natural resources, such as Hot Springs National Park. (zrfphoto/iStockphoto)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Environmental advocates and public officials are meeting today at the first Arkansas Environmental Policy Summit, to examine the state's critical ecological issues. The goal of the summit is to tackle some of the public-policy questions about the environment that are sure t

The Upper Buffalo Wilderness Area is among the public lands to be protected from air pollution by the EPA’s Arkansas Regional Haze Plan. (National Park Service)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – It took a lawsuit by an environmental group to get it done, but the Environmental Protection Agency has finally released clean air regulations for public lands in Arkansas. The Arkansas Regional Haze Plan is designed to clear the air pollution in the Caney Creek and Upper

PHOTO: Jon Gensler, who was a U.S. Army tank captain in Iraq, says he became concerned about climate change after seeing how America's energy policy was tied to the deaths of two West Point classmates there. Photo courtesy of Gensler.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Advisers to the armed forces are objecting to a vote by the U.S. House of Representatives to stop the military from planning for climate change. The Department of Defense sees climate change as a serious threat to national security. Last month, however, the House added an amendm

Researchers say they are concerned about chemicals in the natural brine that comes out of gas fracking wells. DIAGRAM by the EPA.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Many Arkansans are concerned about the fluids natural-gas drillers pump underground for hydraulic fracturing. But researchers say naturally occurring chemicals, some radioactive, coming out of the wells may be more of an issue. Avner Vengosh, a professor of geochemistry

PHOTO: Former EPA Administrator and former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman says the government shutdown is delaying efforts to make the nation's chemical plants safer.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - With many safety inspections suspended because of the federal government shutdown, observers say there's an increasing risk for workers. At least half of the staff members at federal safety agencies are furloughed, and many operations that normally keep workers safe on the job ha

Walmart is installing solar power generating systems in several locations in California and Arizona. The majority of these sites will utilize thin film panels as seen on this Mountain View, Calif. store.  Image courtesy of Walmart

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - It isn't often that the Sierra Club and Walmart are on the same side of an environmental issue, but that is the case with President Obama's announcement to step up the nation's fight against carbon pollution and address climate change. Some Arkansas congressmen who disagree with

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