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PNS Daily Newscast - March 5, 2021 


New rules should speed large-scale clean-energy projects in NY; Texas' Gov. Abbott tries to shift COVID blame to release of "immigrants."


2021Talks - March 5, 2021 


A marathon Senate session begins to pass COVID relief; Sanders plans a $15 minimum wage amendment; and work continues to approve Biden's cabinet choices.

Public News Service - MA: Water

Biobot sends wastewater treatment facilities a bottle to collect a continuous subsample over 24 hours. The sample is then separated into three 50-milliliter valves for analysis. (Biobot Analytics)

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - As novel coronavirus cases climb, Cambridge-based tech startup Biobot is looking at an early clue lurking underground - sewage. The company is analyzing the amount of COVID-19 in local wastewater, working with hundreds of communities across the country. By testing wastewater,

Vineyard Wind is expected to build one of the first massive offshore wind farms in the U.S. (Andy Dingley/Wikimedia)

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NEW BEDFORD, Mass. – A proposed offshore wind farm south of Martha's Vineyard could be the first industrial-sized facility of its kind in the U.S.. The company Vineyard Wind expects to build the 84-turbine wind installation this year, pending several state approvals. One important aspect is

Lead was found in water from almost half of public-school taps tested. (deepcove/Pixabay)

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LENOX, Mass. – Massachusetts needs to get the lead out of drinking water in schools and day-care centers. That's the message public-health advocates took to a legislative committee hearing on Monday. The Joint Committee on the Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture was taking testimo

Opponents of Spectra Energy's natural gas pipeline plan are marching more than 40 miles today to protest transporting fracked gas into the Bay State. (350 Mass)

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BOSTON – Opponents of building new fracking gas pipelines in Massachusetts plan to march more than 40 miles today to call attention to their cause. The march traces the route of the proposed Spectra Energy pipeline, according to Emily Kirkland, director of organizing for the group 350 Mass f

Action by the National Marie Fisheries Service will expand protected waters in the North Atlantic for the right whale, which is more endangered than Siberian tigers or pandas. (NMFS/NOAA)

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BOSTON - Wildlife protection advocates are calling it a lifeline that will protect the most endangered whales on earth, off the coast of New England and beyond. The National Marine Fisheries Service is extending the boundaries in the North Atlantic for the critically endangered right whale by appro

Kirstie Pecci (center) says residents of Charlton, Sturbridge and Southbridge are concerned about well water contamination and they don't want state officials to approve the proposed expansion of a local landfill until the source of contamination is determined. (MASSPIRG)

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SOUTHBRIDGE, Mass. - Put a lid on it. That's the message from residents who live near the proposed expansion of the Southbridge landfill. An environmental review process is underway to expand the waste landfill, but local residents say the existing landfill is already contaminating local well water

PHOTO: Coastal storm damage, such as in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, will be more frequent as sea levels rise through the century in the Northeast, according to a new report. Photo courtesy Risky Business Project.

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BOSTON - The Northeast is expected to experience a temperature increase over the next century. But a new study identified rising oceans, and their effect on coastal infrastructure, as the major coming climate impact to the region. The report, from the Risky Business Project, concluded that Boston w

PHOTO: The Obama administration’s tough new requirements to limit carbon pollution from new power plants are being hailed as “bold” by some business leaders in Massachusetts.

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BOSTON - Linking global warming to disease, extreme weather and other environmental problems, the EPA has set the first national limits on heat-trapping pollution from future power plants. The standard is stricter than one proposed a year ago, and Michael Green of Boston's Climate Action Liason Coal

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