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PNS Daily Newscast - December 12, 2018 


Trump clashes with Democrats and threatens a government shutdown if he doesn’t get his border wall. Also on the Wednesday rundown: Lawmakers agree on an $867-billion Farm Bill; and a new report finds private community correction centers failing to rehabilitate people who live there.

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Public News Service - ME: Energy Policy

The town of Jackman, which just voted to oppose the CMP transmission line, is located on Maine's border with Canada. (Wbaron/Wikimedia Commons)

JACKMAN, Maine — The town of Jackman has joined a growing number of places and organizations that oppose the proposed Central Maine Power transmission line. But public pressure may not be the biggest problem CMP is facing. The transmission line, known as the "New England Clean Energy Connect

The proposed transmission line would cross 263 wetlands, 115 streams and 12 waterfowl habitat areas. (digihanger/pixabay)

AUGUSTA, Maine — On Wednesday, the public will have a chance to speak out about a proposed power transmission line that would run through Maine to carry power from Canada to Massachusetts. The Public Utilities Commission is holding a public hearing on Central Maine Power's proposal to build

The ruling could affect more than 1,000 active and retired coal-ash ponds nationwide. (USFWS)

AUGUSTA, Maine — A federal appeals court has ruled that Environmental Protection Agency rules governing coal-ash pits do not adequately protect from toxic pollution flowing into rivers and streams. The Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., has ordered the EPA to revise the Obama-era rule to

Floating wind turbines could be deployed farther offshore where winds are stronger. (hpgruesen/Pixabay)

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine's Public Utilities Commission may be set to scuttle another offshore wind energy project. Citing higher electricity costs to consumers, the commission says it wants to reopen a contract for a University of Maine test project that would construct two wind turbines on fl

Eight in 10 voters in a new survey support Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, opposed by Gov. Paul LePage.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A new poll shows Mainers are not in sync with Gov. Paul LePage when it comes to the environment. Most voters want to replace him with a candidate who supports land conservation and clean energy when they vote in the primary on June 12. Pete Didisheim, advocacy director with t

Supporters of LD 1444 say the Maine PUC rule would make ratepayers pay for the solar power they are generating themselves. (RoyBuri/Pixabay)

AUGUSTA, Maine – With a shift of six votes, the Maine House of Representatives on Thursday upheld Gov. Paul LePage's veto of a solar-energy bill – but the battle isn't over. The final tally was two votes short of the two-thirds majority needed to override. The bill, LD 1444, would prev

The proposed power line would cut through 50 miles of forest, and cross 263 wetlands and 115 streams. (SnapStock/Pixabay)

AUGUSTA, Maine – Environmental groups are challenging an electric transmission line proposal that was rejected by New Hampshire and now has been shifted to a route through Maine. The "New England Clean Energy Connect" project would carry power from Hydro-Quebec in Canada to Massachusetts. It

In 2016, tourism generated an estimated $275 million for gateway communities to Maine's four national parks. (TravelUSA/Flickr)

AUGUSTA, Maine – National parks in Maine and other states would get some much needed upkeep under a new bill in Congress. The National Park Restoration Act, co-sponsored by Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, would help address the national parks maintenance backlog of more than $11 billion, through m

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