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PNS Daily Newscast - September 21, 2018 


We’re covering stories from around the nation including a victory for safety for nuclear site workers; President Trump chastises Republicans for not securing border wall funding; and a predicted spike in population fuels concerns about the need for care.

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Public News Service - FL: Toxics

According to Earthjustice, approximately 10,000 to 20,000 pesticide poisonings occur every year among farmworkers. (Pixabay)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Farmworkers are suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for failing to make pesticide safety training mandatory across the agricultural industry. The Obama administration updated pesticide training rules in 2015. To date, the information that would provide the dos-

The Trump administration's plan to expand offshore drilling was met with immediate concern from environmental groups that say it poses risks to coastal communities. (Pixabay)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Even President Donald Trump's close friend and ally, Gov. Rick Scott, is opposing the administrations plans to open new stretches of federal waters to oil and gas drilling, including off the coast of Florida. In a statement, Scott said he requested a meeting with Interior

A tiny bug newly introduced to Florida from Asia attacks citrus trees and some ornamental plants. (Department of Agriculture)

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – A tiny insect is placing Florida citrus in jeopardy, but residents can help. Citrus trees in the Sunshine State are under attack from the Asian citrus psyllid (ACP), a tiny mottled brown insect about the size of an aphid that feeds on the new leafs of citrus trees and som

Smog or ozone pollution is already a big problem for Florida cities, but the group Clean Air Moms Action says air quality isn't a priority for President-elect Donald Trump's pick to head the EPA. (Sierra Club Florida)

MIAMI – As confirmation hearings for President-elect Donald Trump's Cabinet nominees continue in Washington, his choice to run the Environmental Protection Agency is facing serious questions from parents in Florida. The advocacy group Clean Air Moms Action is running a series of television a

A leading climate expert says Hurricane Matthew was fueled by climate change. (NASA.gov)

MIAMI – Hurricane Matthew avoided a direct hit on Florida, but one climate expert says this is not the time to breathe a sigh of relief, given the impact of climate change. At its peak, Matthew surpassed several milestones as one of the strongest, longest lasting hurricanes of its kind on re

A new tool allows Floridians to see where toxic coal ash is being stored. (darnok/morguefile.com)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida has the seventh highest coal-ash generation in the nation, producing more than 6 million tons each year. Thanks to a new online tool, Floridians now can access information about where it ends up. The new site SoutheastCoalAsh.org is an interactive tool that allows users

Cars with special sensors mapped more than 800 miles of Jacksonville, a pilot city for a project to detect small natural gas leaks. (Environmental Defense Fund)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - How safe are the natural gas lines under your street? A new high-tech tool is helping to answer that question, while potentially sparing damage to the environment and your wallet. The collaboration between the Environmental Defense Fund and Google Earth Outreach sent cars equi

Health advocates say giving drug users access to sterile needles will help fight the spread of HIV. (xenia/morguefile)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - With Florida leading the nation in the number of new HIV cases and facing a growing heroin epidemic, health advocates say a measure moving through the Legislature could help on both fronts. The program would create a pilot in Miami-Dade County, run by the University of Miami Ho

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