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PNS Daily Newscast - May 21 , 2019 


The DOJ says former White House counsel Don McGahn does not have to testify. Also on our Tuesday rundown: “Stop the Bans” protests over extreme abortion laws; education a hot topic in the Bay State; and guess how many adults have tried marijuana?

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Public News Service - MI: Environment

Lake Van Etten is one of many bodies of water in Michigan plagued by PFAS foam. (MI DHHS)

LANSING, Mich. – That white, sticky foam that's fouled quite a few Michigan shorelines is more dangerous than previously believed, and state environmental officials are warning people not to touch it. Prior warnings about toxic PFAS foam advised against swallowing it, but new data shows high

Michigan does not currently set a standard for PFAS chemicals in drinking water, but the state is working on it. (Earl53/Morguefile)

LANSING, Mich. – Clean water groups are cheering Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's move toward a health-based drinking water standard for toxic chemicals known as PFAS. She ordered the Michigan PFAS Action Response Team to do a new review of the science around exposure to the chemicals, and instructed

In recent years, Michiganders have gathered in the capital to advocate for clean drinking water on World Water Day. (Valerie Jean)

DETROIT – Michiganders plan to come out and show their support for the right to clean drinking water. Friday marks the 26th annual World Water Day, highlighting the importance of clean drinking water across the globe. Shannon Abbott, president of Grand Rapids Water Protectors and vice pres

Consumers Energy has committed to closing two coal-fired units at its Karn Generating Complex near Bay City, Mich., by 2023. (Albert Herring/Wikimedia Commons)

LANSING, Mich. – The issue of climate change returns to the spotlight today, with a hearing before the Environment and Climate Change Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives. The hearing – We'll Always Have Paris: Filling the Leadership Void Caused by Federal Inaction on Clima

Ludington State Park is one of thousands of places to play in Michigan that have been funded in part by the Land and Water Conservation Fund. (Rudy Balasko/Michigan DNR)

LANSING, Mich. - Hundreds of Michigan parks, beaches, campgrounds, piers, public pools and wilderness areas have been created or improved through the Land and Water Conservation Fund. The program could be extended permanently if a huge public-lands package in Congress becomes law. The Natural Resou

A rally against allowing more radioactive waste into the Wayne Disposal Facility is set for 10:40 a.m. Monday. (Coalition to Oppose US Ecology Expansion)

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan House of Representatives is expected to take up a proposal this week that critics say would make the state a magnet for radioactive waste from fracking around the country. The state Senate has already passed SB 1195, which would allow specialized Type I landfill

The RISE event Saturday night in Flint will include local performers and a call to action on environmental justice. (People's Climate Movement Michigan)

FLINT, Mich. – Hundreds of people concerned about climate and environmental justice from around the state are gathering in Flint tomorrow for two large-scale public events. The Michigan Environmental Justice Summit will take place all day at the McCree Theater in Flint. It will be followed a

The Monroe Power Plant, opened in 1974, is just one such coal-burning facility in Michigan set to close by 2040. (Wikimedia Commons)

LANSING, Mich. - The Trump administration announced on Tuesday that it's loosening rules on emissions from coal-fired power plants, rolling back the requirements of President Barack Obama's Clean Power Plan. The new rules largely would allow states to regulate emissions - and in Michigan, it's uncl

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