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PNS Daily Newscast - July 19, 2018 


Efforts continue to quell the backlash over President Donald Trump’s changing statements on the Russia summit. Also on the Thursday rundown: protestors are out for Mike Pence’s visit to Missouri; and nobody wants to go, but one option is green burials.

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Public News Service - NM: Energy Policy

New Mexico is the second-largest state recipient of energy-related mineral royalties, after Wyoming. (nature.org)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The Royalty Policy Committee meets in Albuquerque today. While it isn't a household name, the RPC was rechartered by U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke after the Trump administration made increased production of domestic oil, gas and coal the centerpiece of its energy policy. Wh

Approximately 2,500 people work in New Mexico's solar industry. (solarlove.org)

SANTA FE, N.M. – New Mexico needs more affordable solar, but a renewable energy group says two members of the Public Regulation Commission have a conflict of interest and should not be allowed to participate in the decision. Mariel Nanasi, an attorney with New Energy Economy, says commission

Increased nuclear weapons production at Los Alamos could bring more jobs, but also more safety and environmental concerns to New Mexico. (energy.gov)

LAS ALAMOS, N.M. – The National Nuclear Security Administration announced Thursday that New Mexico and South Carolina will share in the development of next generation nuclear weapons with expanded plutonium pit production. The "pit" is the core that triggers a nuclear warhead. The Trump admi

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

Opponents of a nuclear-waste facility for southern New Mexico are on a state tour this week with a mock radioactive waste canister. (Don Hancock)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Groups opposed to construction of a storage facility for spent nuclear fuel from the nation's commercial reactors are on a tour this week to make sure people know what's being proposed for southern New Mexico. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is considering a proposal from Holt

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

Two units have been shut down at New Mexico's coal-fired San Juan Generating Station as of Dec. 31, 2017.  (sierraclub.org)

SANTA FE, N.M. — A bill that would allow Public Service Company of New Mexico to issue bonds to pay for the shutdown of its coal-fired plants in the Four Corners region goes to the Conservation Committee at the Roundhouse tomorrow. Critics say Senate Bill 47 allows PNM to pass-on the $350 mi

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

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