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PNS Daily Newscast - April 26, 2019 


Former V.P. Joe Biden launches his presidential campaign, warning that Trump is "a danger to the nation's character." Also on our Friday rundown: Six 2020 Dems to speak at a weekend forum in Vegas. Plus, thousands of Navajo homes get electricity for the first time.

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Public News Service - KY: Environment

The RELCAIM act would give coal communities $1 billion to clean up abandoned mines and launch job-creating businesses. (cherylvb/Adobe Stock)<br />

WHITESBURG, Ky. — A bill that would give coal communities $1 billion to clean up abandoned coal mines and boost local economies was reintroduced in the U.S. House last week. Pennsylvania Democrat Matt Cartwright and Kentucky Republican Hal Rogers joined other lawmakers as co-sponsors. The RE

According to a new report, 91 percent of U.S. coal-fired power plants are contaminating nearby groundwater with unsafe levels of toxic pollutants. (Jellybeens4/Twenty20)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A power plant outside of Louisville ranks among the top 10 most polluted in the country for groundwater contamination by coal ash, according to a new report. Coal ash is the toxic leftover byproduct of burning coal, and coal plants produce millions of tons of it each year.

Airborne micro-particles from surface mining are believed to be linked to a variety of health problems.  (@F51C/Twenty20)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Democratic lawmakers are probing the reasons why a National Academy of Sciences study on the health effects of surface coal mining in Central Appalachia was cancelled. The U.S. Interior Department halted the study in 2017, calling it a cost saving measure. But Reps. Ra

A federal program that helps states and communities protect public lands could help create two new Civil War monuments in Kentucky. (@mccraydonna37/Twenty20)

NANCY, Ky. – As part of a major package of public lands legislation, the U.S. House is set to vote on permanently reauthorizing a federal program that uses revenue from offshore oil and gas drilling to protect public lands. If passed, there's new life for the Land and Water Conservation Fund

More than 40 members of Congress have joined young people calling for a Select Committee for the Green New Deal. (Linh Do/Flickr)

FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Sunrise Movement, a youth movement calling for action on climate change, is set to make big moves in 2019. At the end of 2018, more than 1,000 young people, including 75 from Kentucky, gathered in the halls of Congress to call for support of the Green New Deal - legislat

Kentuckians fighting pollution flowing into the Green River are concerned that weakened Clean Water Act protections could hurt their case. (PatrickRohe/Flickr)

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Some Kentuckians are concerned that proposed changes to the Clean Water Act could set back the fight against waste and pollution in their own backyards. The Environmental Protection Agency has announced a replacement for the Waters of the United States rule, lifting federal

Martin County's 10,000 residents never know day to day if their water will be usable. (Tante Tati/Pixabay)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Clean water flowing from the tap still is a luxury for many residents of Martin County who continue to experience the ripple effects of a 2000 coal slurry spill. Nina McCoy, chair of Martin County Concerned Citizens, says the disaster uncovered the water company's deteriorat

The RECLAIM Act would commit $1 billion to mine reclamation efforts. (U.S. Department of the Interior/Flickr)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Congress has a chance to provide support to workers and communities in Kentucky suffering the impacts of the coal mining industry. The Black Lung Disability Trust Fund helps coal miners with black lung disease and their families cover medical costs. A tax on coal mining, w

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