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PNS Daily Newscast - March 5, 2021 


New rules should speed large-scale clean-energy projects in NY; Texas' Gov. Abbott tries to shift COVID blame to release of "immigrants."


2021Talks - March 5, 2021 


A marathon Senate session begins to pass COVID relief; Sanders plans a $15 minimum wage amendment; and work continues to approve Biden's cabinet choices.

Public News Service - NY: Rural/Farming

Draft rules would streamline New York's clean-energy project approval process while preserving community input. (sefoma/Adobe Stock)

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ALBANY, N.Y. -- New York State is hoping to speed up the process of evaluating sites for clean-energy projects. The Office of Renewable Energy Siting is holding public hearings around the state on draft regulations for the evaluation of proposed wind- and solar-energy projects. Under the existing

The COVID pandemic has raised public awareness of the essential role that undocumented workers play in the U.S. agricultural industry. (JackF/Adobe Stock)

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NEW YORK -- Undocumented New York farm workers may be risking their lives and livelihoods during the COVID pandemic, but they get few federal or state protections. On April 8, an undocumented immigrant from Guatemala became the first New York farm worker known to die from COVID-19. Emma Kreyche, di

In 2016 the Environmental Protection Agency concluded that all uses of chlorpyrifos are unsafe. (hhendrix/Adobe Stock)

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ALBANY, N.Y. – Gov. Andrew Cuomo took action Wednesday to ban a pesticide that poses significant risks to children's brain development, but time is running out for him to sign a number of environmental bills that have cleared the State Legislature. The United States banned most home uses of

Twelve states and the District of Columbia currently allow undocumented immigrants to get drivers licenses. (jan3933/Pixabay)

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ALBANY N.Y. – Labor leaders are urging the state Senate to take action on a bill they say will help ensure that all drivers in New York are trained, licensed and insured. On Wednesday, the state Assembly passed "Green Light New York," a bill to allow all state residents to get drivers license

Converting land to corn production has reduced the amount of milkweed, the main food for monarch butterflies. (leoleobobeo/Pixabay)

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NEW YORK – A new report says the push for biofuels is causing serious environmental damage. The Renewable Fuel Standard or RFS was intended to reduce reliance on oil imports and cut air pollution. It requires that all gasoline for transportation sold in the United States contain at least 10

Chlorpyrifos is used extensively on apples and other fruits and vegetables. (Skitterphoto/Pixabay)

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NEW YORK – A federal court will determine if the EPA should be ordered to ban a pesticide linked to brain damage in children. Seven states and a coalition of environmental and labor groups made final arguments before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Monday in their challenge to the EPA's ref

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)

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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

New York is one of the top three apple producing states in the nation. (lumix2004/Pixabay)

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NEW YORK – Improved pesticide training will save lives. That's the message farmworkers are sending to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with a lawsuit filed this week. Every year thousands of farmworkers are poisoned by pesticides. The 2015 Agricultural Worker Protection Standard requ

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