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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 - IL: Environmental Justice

The oil and gas industry emits more than 3 million metric tons of methane pollution annually. (AdobeStock)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Illinois is joining more than a dozen other states in trying to force the Environmental Protection Agency's hand on methane pollution standards. A motion filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia asks the court to find that EPA's nearly four-year delay in f

A new lawsuit claims the repeal of the Clean Power Plan violates the Clean Air Act. (Adobe Stock)

CHICAGO – Illinois is among nearly two dozen states fighting a new Trump administration rule, saying it won't be effective at cleaning up pollution from power plants. The Obama-era Clean Power Plan set nationwide targets to reduce carbon emissions from power plants. But the new Affordable Cl

Conservation groups say Ohio River water-quality standards are especially important for downstream communities such as Cairo, Illinois. (Ken Lund/Flickr)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Conservation groups are asking Gov. J.B. Pritzker to speak out this week against a proposal that could weaken clean-water protections for the Ohio River. The Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission will vote Thursday, June 6, on a plan that would make adoption of the

The Dynegy Energy power plant above the Middle Fork of the Vermillion River operated from the 1950s to 2011. (prairierivers.org)

OAKWOOD, Ill. — Illinois is home to only one National Scenic River: the Middle Fork of the Vermillion River. And environmental groups say it's being threatened by toxic coal ash waste that's seeping from a shuttered power plant owned by Dynegy. Earthjustice and Prairie Rivers said they have

Massive sand erosion is eating away at the wildlife habitat areas of Illinois' State Beach Park. A new regional plan aims to reverse that trend. (Illinois Department of Natural Resources)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- The Lake Michigan shoreline along northern Illinois has a sand erosion problem that's hindering commercial shipping and threatening natural habitats, but there's a new plan to help. For about 200 years, man-made structures have been interrupting the southward drift of sand alo

Environmentalists are claiming a win now that a federal judge is allowing them to weigh in on the largest U.S. coal producer's bankruptcy hearings. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Peabody Energy, the largest coal producer in the U.S., reached a deal this week with several states on plans to cover the costs of mine cleanups. Illinois is not among them and environmentalists said that could be a good sign. The company is filing for bankruptcy and has

A move to allow downstate Illinois energy customers access to their usage data on smartphones and tablets via Smart Meters is being debated this month before the state's Commerce Commission. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- An Illinois environmental protection group is continuing a push to get one of the state's largest energy providers to adopt new ways for customers to get real-time data on their electricity use. The idea has already been adopted by ComEd, which serves millions of customers in

Illinois' bad air quality makes life more difficult for local asthma sufferers, and some moms are urging state lawmakers to take action. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - It's National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, and a group of Illinois moms is asking lawmakers to help improve the state's air quality. May is a peak month for asthma and allergy sufferers, and the rate of asthma in Illinois is 13 percent higher than the national average. As

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