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PNS Daily Newscast - June 16, 2021 


A new report says the infrastructure package in Congress would boost the nation's economy and create millions of jobs; Democrats prepared to move ahead with or without GOP.


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Biden and Putin set to meet face-to-face; Schumer moves toward reconciliation for infrastructure; a Juneteenth national holiday in the works; and Republicans call for Fauci's ouster.

Public News Service - MD: Environmental Justice

Maryland's Prince George's County, which has several highways and a majority Black population, scored a grade of

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) held a public hearing this week to reconsider letting states decide their own vehicle-emissions standards, and Maryland's attorney general supports the change. The Trump administration ended the federal Clean Air Act waiver, which allowed

A new Maryland report emphasizes the importance of environmental justice in forming clean energy policies. (Tom Pelton/Environmental Integrity Project)

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BALTIMORE, Md. -- Environmental groups are praising a new report that recommends Maryland reduce its greenhouse-gas emissions by 50% by 2030. That's 10 years sooner than the state's Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Act calls for. The Maryland Commission on Climate Change Annual Report also endor

Advocates opposed to Maryland's new gas pipeline project say that drilling can cause sludge, mud and sediment to back up into nearby houses. (Adobe stock)

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Coming just days after Maryland committed to a regional wind-energy partnership, a group of environmental advocates is urging Gov. Larry Hogan and the state's Board of Public Works to reject a key permit for a proposed gas pipeline project. They say Maryland officials need to be

Environmental groups oppose a proposed fracked-gas pipeline expected to run through rivers and farmland on Maryland's Eastern Shore. (Adobe Stock)

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Environmental groups and local residents are speaking out against a proposed fracked-gas pipeline to run through rivers, farms and forests from Delaware to Maryland's Eastern Shore. The Hogan administration held a public hearing about Eastern Shore Natural Gas Company's plan to bu

Rising temperatures from climate change tend to affect a city's most vulnerable neighborhoods, according to a new report. (Maryland Dept. of Housing & Community Development)

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BALTIMORE - This time of year, it's hard to think about summer heat waves, but a new report says Baltimore and other big cities should prepare for them. The study of more than 100 U.S. cities found a correlation between rising temperatures and poor neighborhoods. It pinpoints areas with a history

Proposed rollbacks to a national environmental law known as NEPA would restrict the public's ability to speak out against large infrastructure projects such as oil pipelines. (Adobe Stock)

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Critics are pushing back on a new Trump administration plan to roll back a bedrock environmental law that requires careful review of large projects, contending that the change could be disastrous for impoverished and minority communities. Kym Hunter, senior attorney with the

In a lawsuit, the city of Baltimore says it believes Monsanto has caused

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BALTIMORE - The city of Baltimore is suing agrochemical giant Monsanto and two other companies, claiming they were "completely aware" that the chemicals used in some of their products were toxic and didn't degrade in nature. Suzanne Sangree, Baltimore's director of affirmative litigation, claimed t

Many of the EPA regulations that Scott Pruitt scrapped or delayed as EPA administrator had not yet taken effect before his resignation. (Wikimedia Commons)

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WASHINGTON – After allegedly overspending on everything from pens to lavish trips and accepting questionable deals from lobbyists, government ethics and watchdog groups say Scott Pruitt's resignation as Environmental Protection Agency administrator is long overdue. During his one-year tenure,

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