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PNS Daily Newscast - May 13, 2021 


President Biden taps Tracy Stone-Manning to be director of Bureau of Land Management; and Colorado schools get new tools to help students distinguish between news, commentary and disinformation.


2021Talks - May 13, 2021 


Republicans oust Liz Cheney from her leadership role, Dr. Anthony Fauci urges more vaccinations, NAACP leaders voice support for voting rights legislation, and Nancy Pelosi is optimistic about the infrastructure bill.

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Unlike prior years, the 2021 environmental summit will he held online. (Connecticut League of Conservation Voters)

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- Legislators, advocates and experts are gathering today, virtually, to brainstorm solutions for the myriad threats facing Connecticut's environment. The 21st annual environmental summit, which coincides with the start of the new legislative session, features webinars today, Thursd

The Connecticut River is one of many across the country polluted by companies that have sought environmental waivers during the pandemic. (idenimadept/Wikimedia Commons)

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- Conservation groups are asking a federal judge to make the Environmental Protection Agency enforce pollution controls. They're suing the agency this week in the wake of its decision this spring to not enforce certain environmental laws. Citing COVID-19, the EPA suspended monitor

The Trump administration has lost 16 of the 17 lawsuits brought by Earthjustice that have resulted in major environmental court decisions so far. (Pixabay)

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HARTFORD, Conn. – The Trump administration's efforts to weaken public health and environmental regulations are being roundly defeated in the courts, according to a new report. The administration that promised its supporters would get "tired of winning" apparently doesn't need to worry about

The new RGGI reductions will reduce carbon pollution by more than 132 million tons through 2030. (Benita5/Pixabay)

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HARTFORD, Conn. – Connecticut and eight other states are stepping up their efforts to cut carbon emissions. The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, or RGGI, has announced it will extend its pollution cap to reduce carbon emissions by 30 percent of 2020 levels over the next 13 years. RGGI s

The EPA is scheduled to update regulations for copper and lead in drinking water this year. (Meir Roth/Pexels)

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HARTFORD, Conn. – Environmental advocates say a new executive order issued by President Trump threatens clean air and water safeguards and puts communities at risk. It's called the Presidential Executive Order on Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs. But according to Martin Ha

Under a consent decree approved in 2000, General Electric agreed to clean up PCBs in the Housatonic River.  (John Phelan/Wikimedia Commons)

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LITCHFIELD, Conn. – The Environmental Protection Agency has rejected General Electric's objections to a plan to remove PCBs from the Housatonic River. The EPA's $613 million plan calls for sediment to be dredged from the river south of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, where GE dumped the PCBs into

Passage of a bill to protect pollinator habitat was a victory for Connecticut's environment. (John Severns/Wikimedia Commons)

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HARTFORD, Conn. – The latest Environmental Scorecard for Connecticut tells of both legislative victories and defeats in a year focused on trimming the state budget. An amendment to the state constitution to better protect state-owned land advanced, but cuts to the Department of Energy and Env

A new report confirms that capping carbon spurs investment in renewables and energy efficiency. (Digitalpilgrim/Wikimedia Commons)

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HARTFORD, Conn. - The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, or RGGI, continues to make real progress in reducing carbon emissions. A new status report from the Acadia Center finds the nine cooperating Northeast and mid-Atlantic states, including New York, are reaping benefits on multiple fronts. Pet

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