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PNS Daily Newscast - June 18, 2018 


First Lady Melania Trump makes statement against separating kids from parents. Also on the Monday rundown: Anti-hunger advocates applaud the newest Farm Bill: plus diaper duty an economic burden for 1-in-3 families.

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Public News Service - NM: Toxics

A 2015 spill at Colorado's Gold King Mine dumped 3 million gallons of mine waste and toxic substances into the Animas and San Juan rivers. (KaraGrubis/iStockphoto)

PHOENIX – The U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs holds an oversight field hearing today in Phoenix to examine the Environmental Protection Agency’s response to tribes whose livelihood was damaged by a toxic spill. In August, the EPA caused a spill of toxic wastewater that turned t

A proposed new BLM rule would require energy companies to capture instead of flare methane from drilling rigs on federal and tribal lands. (Wikimedia Commons)
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Proposed new regulations for oil and gas producers on federal and tribal lands could not only clean the air, but also could pump millions of extra dollars into New Mexico's economy. The Bureau of Land Management last week issued a draft rule that would require energy comp

Nuclear Watch New Mexico alleges this site at Los Alamos, known as Area G, contains some 200,000 cubic yards of nuclear and toxic waste. (U.S. Department of Energy)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Nuclear Watch New Mexico has put the federal government and the Los Alamos National Laboratory on notice that it plans to sue over what it contends is the failure to clean up nuclear and toxic waste at the lab site. The watchdog group says the lab hasn't executed its part of a 2

The EPA is updating standards to protect the nation's farmworkers from pesticide poisoning. Credit: Enviromantic/iStockphoto.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The EPA is updating standards to increase safety and protect the health of America's estimated two million farmworkers from pesticide poisoning. The new rules mean children under the age of 18 will no longer be allowed to handle pesticides, and workers will get safety trai

Energy and environmental experts met in Albuquerque last week to address methane pollution in advance of new EPA regulations. Credit: Versevend/iStockphoto

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Leaders from the energy industry met with government officials, environmental activists and utility experts last week to find a way to put a cap on methane emissions in New Mexico. The Environmental Protection Agency is considering regulations for methane pollution, a byproduct

Farmington, NM - The Gold King Mine in Colorado, from which 3 million gallons of toxic sludge spilled into the Animas River and is devastating downstream commmunities such as Farmington, is just one of thousands of abandoned mines. It turned the waters of the Animas River yellow and orange, prompting water emergencies downstream as far as Lake Powell. The other thousands of abandoned mines throughout the West pose an equal or greater threat to rivers and waterways. Comments from Mike Eisenfeld, energy coord

FARMINGTON, N.M. – Thousands of abandoned mines in New Mexico, Colorado and other Western states pose as much of a toxic threat, or greater, as the Gold King Mine in Colorado, which leaked three million gallons of toxic sludge and mine waste into the Animas River following an accidental discha

No drinking, cooking or bathing with water from Animas River for Farmington, New Mexico, following the Gold King Mine spill in Colorado. Courtesy: Environmental Protection Agency

FARMINGTON, N.M. – No drinking, cooking or bathing with water from the Animas River. Those are the rules now in place in Farmington, New Mexico, following the Gold King Mine spill in Colorado. Three million gallons of toxic sludge escaped into the Animas, part of the larger Colorado River sys

PHOTO: U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is being asked by New Mexico's U.S. senators to take a closer look at federal government's oil and gas development policies near Chaco Culture National Historic Park. Photo courtesy National Park Service.

SANTA FE, N.M. – New Mexico's congressional delegation is asking U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to monitor a possible escalation of fracking in an area considered sacred by many Native Americans. In a letter to Jewell, Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and Rep. Ben Ray Lujan stress t

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