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PNS Daily Newscast - February 20, 2019 


Sen. Bernie Sanders enters the 2020 race for president. Also, on the Wednesday rundown: Tuition or meals? We take you to a state where college students fight food insecurity. Plus, another state's attempt to legalize hemp.

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Public News Service - NY: Environment

A groundwater sample in Hoosick Falls found PFOA at 130,000 parts per trillion. (com77380/Pixabay)

ALBANY, N.Y. – Environmental, civic and research groups are calling on New York State to set maximum levels of unregulated industrial chemicals in drinking water. More than a dozen groups have signed on to a letter asking the Department of Health and the Drinking Water Quality Council to est

Critics say the PSC's VDER plan has halted more than $800 million of investment in solar energy in upstate New York alone. (pxhere)

ALBANY, N.Y. – New York's State Assembly voted earlier this week to restore net metering of community solar power. The bill would put the Public Service Commission's Value of Distributed Energy Resources, or VDER, plan on hold for three years. Net metering and VDER are methods of calculatin

Massachusetts and Rhode Island already have awarded bids for 1,200 megawatts of offshore wind energy. (David_Kaspar/Pixabay)

ALBANY, N.Y. – A "low-cost" option for development of New York state's offshore wind initiative would reap the most benefits - that's the message being sent to the Public Service Commission. A coalition of environmental, business and labor groups has submitted comments to the PSC on the develo

Jerry Jung of the group Rethink Ethanol says the ethanol mandate has led to the conversion of 7 million acres of wildlife habitat to agriculture. (GregMontani/Pixabay)

NEW YORK - A coalition of small-business owners, industry leaders and environmentalists says it's time to take a hard look at the real impact of ethanol mixed in gasoline. In 2005, Congress passed the Renewable Fuel Standard, requiring that 4 billion gallons of ethanol be added to the nation's gaso

RGGI has helped fund rebates on purchases of more than 5,750 electric vehicles in New York. (Stivabc/Pixabay)

NEW YORK – Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative money is funding meaningful environmental programs in New York, but a new report from Environmental Advocates of New York says there's room for improvement. The initiative, known as REGGIE, is a nine-state agreement that caps carbon emissions fro

Opponents of offshore drilling say a spill would devastate New Yorks fishing and tourism industries. (U.S. Coast Guard)

ALBANY, N.Y. – Gov. Andrew Cuomo is advancing legislation designed to discourage oil and gas development in New York's coastal waters. The Trump administration wants to open up the Atlantic coast from Georgia to Maine to offshore oil and gas exploration and drilling. The governor's propose

More than one third of carbon pollution in New York state comes from the transportation sector. (Pixabay)

ALBANY, N.Y. – Gov. Andrew Cuomo has promoted himself as a national leader in the fight against climate change, but environmentalists say he needs to put his words into action. The governor has endorsed policies that could significantly reduce the state's greenhouse-gas emissions, but critics

Buildings are the source of 59 percent of greenhouse-gas emissions statewide. (doublecmoney/Pixabay)

ALBANY, N.Y. — Environmental advocates say new energy efficiency targets announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo fill in the missing piece in New York state's clean energy plan. The goal is to save energy equivalent to the amount used by 1.8 million homes by 2025. According to Anne Reynolds, executiv

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