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PNS Daily Newscast - September 25, 2020 

Democrats reported to be preparing a smaller pandemic relief package; vote-by-mail awaits a court decision in Montana.

2020Talks - September 25, 2020 

Senators respond to President Donald Trump's refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power. And, former military and national security officials endorse Joe Biden.

Public News Service - ND: Toxics

PHOTO: The new year begins in North Dakota with a plan to loosen limits on the disposal of radioactive materials from oil and gas production in the state. Photo credit: Lindsey G/Flickr.

BISMARCK, N.D. - Every year of the oil boom in North Dakota has brought new challenges and struggles, and among the issues on the forefront for 2015 is radioactive waste. State regulators are pursuing plans to increase the allowable oil-and-gas radioactive waste disposal limit tenfold, saying the h

PHOTO: A new report finds the amount of gas drilled on federal leases in North Dakota that's royalty-free, consumed or flared by operators, is equal to more than 40 percent of the total volume sold. Photo credit: Merlin/Flickr.

BISMARCK, N.D. - The state's natural gas and oil boom is bringing in the dollars, but a new report says North Dakota and the nation are missing out on millions due to decades-old rules for drilling on federal lands. Ryan Alexander, president with Taxpayers for Common Sense, says their study found $3

PHOTO: The Dakota Resource Council is among the groups and individuals across the state calling for the state to slow the flow of oil until more protections on transportation can be put in place. CREDIT: DRC

BISMARCK, N.D. – The oil boom in North Dakota has been a boon economically, but following the recent train fire in Casselton, Gov. Jack Dalrymple is being urged to slow the pace of drilling. Don Morrison, executive director of the Dakota Resource Council, says the health and safety of reside

PHOTO: The Conservation Stewardship Program provides incentives for farmers who take certain steps to help with such priorities on their land as water quality and soil health. Photo credit: Bri Weldon.

BISMARCK, N.D. - With the deadline less than a month away, farmers and ranchers across North Dakota are being urged to get their applications in for new contracts under the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). According to Traci Bruckner, senior policy associate, Center for Rural Affairs, CSP pro

PHOTO: Dozens of turbines on a ridge between Ellendale and Ashley. The Center for Rural Affairs says more high voltage transmission lines will help get wind generated electricity on the grid. CREDIT: cariliv

BISMARCK, N.D. - There is a treasure trove of renewable energy in the U.S., but the obstacles and barriers to getting it on the grid are many. Johnathan Hladik, energy policy advocate with the Center for Rural Affairs (CFRA), said the biggest hurdle right now is the lack of high voltage transmission

BISMARCK, N. D. - The National Wildlife Federation has looked back over the last decade and, in a new report, has documented hundreds of deaths, spills, explosions and habitat destruction caused by accidents in the oil and gas industry. One of the incidents occurred in January of this year, when th

South Heart, ND – Residents around the small western North Dakota town of South Heart are unhappy about plans to build a coal gasification plant nearby. The proposed site also is within 15 miles of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Concerned citizens want an environmental impact study done be

Fargo, ND – North Dakota is just entering the new world of biofuels, with two active ethanol plants and more on the drawing board. But a new report from the National Academy of Sciences finds augmented ethanol production could also increase pollution from agricultural runoff. Martha Noble with

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