PNS Daily Newscast - February 28 2020 

Coronavirus updates from coast to coast; and safety-net programs face deep cuts by Trump administration.

2020Talks - February 28, 2020 

Tomorrow are the South Carolina primaries, and former VP Joe Biden leads in the poll, followed by winner of the first three contests, Sen. Bernie Sanders and businessman Tom Steyer. Some Republican South Carolinians may vote for Sanders because they want closed primaries.

Public News Service - CA: Environmental Justice

Environmental advocates are pushing for more zero-emissions vehicles and changes to the EPA's Regional Haze Program in the wake of a new report that gives California national parks like Joshua Tree failing grades for air quality. Credit: Tommy Hough.

JOSHUA TREE, Calif. – As smoke from multiple wildfires chokes the air across California this summer, air quality has again become a hot topic in the Golden State. But despite the current bout of wildfires, the biggest source of smog in California remains the state's 33.5 million vehicles. Cal

PHOTO: A new report shows fixing environmental hazards could save California $254 million a year, and improve child health. Photo credit: Cheryl Holt/Morguefile.

OAKLAND, Calif. – A study released today by the nonprofit Public Health Institute (PHI) says California could save $250 million per year in healthcare costs – and improve the lives of millions of children – by eliminating exposure to preventable environmental hazards such as lead,

PHOTO: The Bakersfield Crude Terminal is the subject of a lawsuit by environmental groups, and was recently cited by the EPA. It is owned by the same company which owns a pipeline that recently failed near Santa Barbara, spilling 100,000 gallons of oil into the Pacific. Photo credit: Elizabeth Forsyth/Earthjustice.

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – A judge has refused to close down a controversial oil terminal near Bakersfield in Kern County, denying a preliminary injunction sought by environmental groups challenging permits for the facility. The terminal went on-line in December. Earthjustice attorney Elizabeth Fo

PHOTO: The Loggerhead Sea Turtle is one species potentially harmed by proposed deep-sea mining.  Photo credit: Damien du Toit/Wikimedia Commons

SAN FRANCISCO - A San Francisco-based environmental law firm is suing the federal government to stop a deep-sea mining project in the waters between Hawaii and Mexico. The Center for Biological Diversity is challenging the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's decision to issue permits

PHOTO: A 2012 report estimated that 56 percent of Americans live near a coal- or oil-burning power plant that could be affected by the EPA's limits on airborne toxins. Photo credit: Chris Jordan-Bloch, Earthjustice.

The U.S. Supreme Court is to hear arguments about whether the Environmental Protection Agency can require power plants to clean up their toxic emissions, as the coal industry and its supporters continue to challenge the agency's standards for mercury and other airborne toxins. The case is full of s

PHOTO: It is hardly a sweeping vista when it's marred by haze. The EPA says the Clean Air Act includes keeping air haze-free in national parks and wilderness areas, but several states have challenged the agency's plans to accomplish that, most recently in the Grand Canyon. Photo credit: Air Resource Specialists, Inc., for National Park Service.

SAN FRANCISCO – Today in U.S. Appeals Court in San Francisco, the state of Arizona is challenging the Environmental Protection Agency in a case with implications for air quality across the country. The EPA steps in with a plan to reduce air pollution in national parks and wilderness areas wh

PHOTO: They may be tiny, but California's Delta smelt proved to be important enough that the case for protecting them made it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Photo courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The highest court in the land has sided with one of the tiniest fish in California - by refusing to hear an appeal on Monday. The U.S. Supreme Court was asked by some California farming interests and water districts to consider overturning a case that affirms protections for th

PHOTO: Oil wells near La Habra Heights, Calif., are nothing new; this photo is from the 1920s. But residents will vote in March on rules to restrict new oil and gas development, and also such high-intensity drilling techniques as fracking. Photo courtesy of Orange County Archives.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Elections in less than two months are the talk of two small southern California communities where voters will decide the future of oil and gas drilling in their areas – and the results could set the tone for other parts of the state. In La Habra Heights, residents

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