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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."


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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 - MD: Water

Some environmental groups say the new Maryland law banning polystyrene cups and containers represents a major shift toward getting rid of single-use plastic altogether. (Adobe Stock)

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- In a victory for environmental groups, Maryland on Thursday becomes the first state in the nation to ban foam food containers. The new law prevents restaurants, schools and other places that serve food from using polystyrene or Styrofoam cups and containers, or face a $250 fine. K

Restaurant shutdowns during the COVID-19 pandemic have impacted the Chesapeake Bay oyster industry as well as local communities dependent on fishing and tourism. (Adobe Stock)

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. - This week, the House of Representatives passed the Moving Forward Act, which includes $3 billion for coastal restoration projects. Its backers say the House bill would give a much-needed boost to cleanup efforts for the Chesapeake Bay. Chris Moore, senior regional ecosystem scient

Maryland's nascent oyster industry may not survive the pandemic, scientists say. (Chesapeake Bay Program)

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- With the U.S. seafood industry in an economic free fall during the pandemic, senators and advocacy groups are calling on Congress to help keep struggling fisheries from going under. Restaurant and market shutdowns are hitting Maryland's Chesapeake Bay fishers particularly hard, ac

Pollution from the Chesapeake Bay watershed reaches Maryland, Virginia, New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, West Virginia and Washington, D.C. (Pixabay)

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- An almost $1.5 trillion spending plan the Senate is set to vote on Thursday includes a dramatic 16% budget increase for Chesapeake Bay cleanup efforts, according to Jason Rano, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's federal executive director. If the bill passes, Rano says the Environme

The Chesapeake Bay watershed needs to reduce its phosphorus, nitrogen and sediment pollution by 2025. (Adobe Stock)

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BALTIMORE – Stream recovery projects are a cornerstone in helping to reduce pollution in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, and people at the MidAtlantic Stream Restoration Conference on November 18 will explore how to advance these projects. Stream rehabilitation is more urgent than ever, accord

Maryland has been more keenly focused on cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay in recent years, but conservation groups say more should be done. (iStockphoto)

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. – It's time to take out the trash – out of the Chesapeake Bay, that is, and the waterways that feed into it. This is the first Chesapeake Cleanup Week, sponsored by the Coastal Conservation Association of Maryland. And some groups are making it a competition to see who

Baltimore Waterfront Partnership's Healthy Harbor Initiative has collected more than 1 million Styrofoam containers since its first

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BALTIMORE - Maryland soon could become the first state to ban Styrofoam food containers and cups. A bill passed this week by the House of Delegates prohibits restaurants, supermarkets, vending trucks, movie theaters and schools from providing polystyrene food containers. Even egg cartons would have

The Susquehanna River is a major water source that empties into the northern end of the Chesapeake Bay. (Nicholas A. Tonelli/Flickr)

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WASHINGTON – This week, more than 100 clean-water advocates traveled to Washington DC, urging lawmakers to increase funding for clean water in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. For the past two years, the Trump administration has either proposed cuts or zeroed-out funding the Environmental Prote

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