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PNS Daily Newscast - July 13, 2018 


The FBI’s Peter Strzok spends 10 hours in open testimony in Congress. Also on the Friday rundown: Granite Staters protest AG Sessions' approach to fighting opioid abuse, and Latino Conservation Week starts on Saturday.

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Public News Service - NM: Climate Change/Air Quality

New Mexico residents have until May 14 to submit comments on how the state's $18 million in Volkswagen mitigation settlement funds should be used. (electricschoolbuscampaign.org)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — One in 11 New Mexico children suffers from asthma, and a state advocacy group says that's a big reason the state should spend its windfall from the Volkswagen emissions scandal payout to outfit school districts with zero-emission electric buses. The comment period has ope

It's estimated that methane leaks at oil and gas drilling sites waste $100 million annually in New Mexico. (sanjuancitizens.org)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Conservatives for Responsible Stewardship has launched a media blitz arguing that the Trump administration's plan to roll back a waste-prevention rule on methane is not consistent with conservative principles. The Obama-era rule was designed to prevent energy waste, ensur

New Mexico already has seen 80 wildfires in March, and 90 percent have been human-caused. (env.nm.gov)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - New Mexico's wildfire season typically begins no sooner than May, but because there already have been more than 140 wildfires in the state since Jan. 1, Wildfire Awareness Week has been declared early this year - and continues through Saturday. David Morgan, public information o

In New Mexico, 145,000 residents live within a half mile of active oil and gas wells. (savepaalums.info)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A new comment period will begin soon on the Interior Department's decision to replace an Obama-era regulation designed to restrict harmful methane emissions from oil and gas production on federal lands. The Obama administration regulation was set to take effect on Jan. 17

A new report says New Mexico lawmakers need to strengthen air and water quality regulations. (cvnmef.org)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A new report says New Mexico's political leaders need to fill the void left by the federal government's retreat on public health protections. Produced by the Environmental Defense Fund,"Enchantment at Risk" outlines how environmental pollutants negatively impact state res

New Mexico's Public Regulatory Commission is scheduled to decide if a 9 percent utility rate hike will take effect this month. (nativenewsonline.net)

SANTA FE, N.M. – A continuing dispute over rate hikes by Public Service Company of New Mexico is back before the Public Regulation Commission tomorrow. PNM had planned to use a January 1 ratepayer hike to recover hundreds of millions of dollars in upgrades at its Four Corners plant until the

The New Year brings at least one more round of litigation as states such as New Mexico fight the Trump administration's suspension of methane waste rules on public and tribal lands. (Environmental Defense Fund)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The back and forth litigation about requiring oil and gas companies to reduce the amount of methane they release into the atmosphere in New Mexico promises to continue in 2018. The Waste Prevention Rule written two years ago directed companies to reduce emissions and was s

Proponents of spending New Mexico's windfall from the Volkswagen Clean Air Act violations on electric buses will rally in Albuquerque on Thursday. (Children's Clean Air Network)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The New Mexico Department of Health says 47,000 children in the state suffer from asthma, and that's why a coalition wants funds from the Volkswagen emissions-test settlement spent to transition diesel school buses to electric. A group will rally in Albuquerque Thursday t

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