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PNS Daily Newscast - February 21, 2020 


U.S. intelligence has told lawmakers that Russia wants to see Trump reelected; and the Trump public charge rule takes effect Monday.

2020Talks - February 21, 2020 


Tomorrow are the Nevada caucuses, and Nevada Democrats are hoping for them to run far more smoothly than the ones in Iowa. Candidates battle for that top spot and voting continues.

Public News Service - NY: Toxics

Unused firefighting foam containing PFAS has been burned at an incinerator in Cohoes, N.Y. (wellphoto/Adobe Stock)

ALBANY, N.Y. - The Pentagon is being sued for quietly contracting to burn millions of gallons of foam containing toxic chemicals at incinerators around the country, including here in New York. The unused firefighting foam contains PFAS, a class of chemicals now so persistent in the environment the

PFOA and PFOS can be filtered from drinking water by reverse osmosis. (navintar/Adobe Stock)

ALBANY, N.Y. -- State lawmakers and environmental groups are calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to make the Department of Health withdraw proposed changes to regulations on some toxic chemicals. The legislators and advocates made their request just before Tuesday's meeting of the Drinking Water Quality C

Out of 44 tap water samples from 33 states, only one had no detectable PFAS contamination. (Igor/Adobe Stock)

ALBANY, N.Y. -- As the Trump administration rolls back vital clean water protections, new lab tests have found toxic fluorinated chemicals in almost every water sample from 44 locations in 31 states and the District of Columbia. PFAS, used in the hundreds of everyday products, are called "forever

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

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

Reducing mercury emissions also cuts sulfur dioxide and particulate pollution. (Paul Souders/Danita Delimont/Adobe Stock)

NEW YORK – A new report says the Trump administration's proposal to weaken rules for emissions of mercury and other toxic substances is based on a faulty economic analysis. The report, from the External Environmental Economics Advisory Committee, says the cost-benefit analysis used to justif

Hundreds of thousands of children end up in hospital emergency rooms every year with toy-related injuries. (Jovan Nikolic/Adobe Stock)

ALBANY, N.Y. – Choking hazards, loud sounds and hidden toxins are some of the dangers still lurking on toy shelves, according to a new report. The New York Public Interest Research Group's 34th annual "Trouble in Toyland" report says toys have become safer in the past three decades, but some

From the foothills of the Adirondacks to New York Harbor, Hudson River fish still are contaminated with PCBs. (rabbit75_fot/Adobe Stock)

ALBANY, N.Y. – Environmentalists are calling the state of New York's lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency a "move toward environmental justice." The lawsuit filed Wednesday says the EPA broke the law by issuing General Electric Company a certificate of completion for its remov

Extreme weather due to climate change can exacerbate pollution runoff and toxic algal blooms in the Great Lakes. (Jacob/Adobe Stock)

NEW YORK – A coalition of more than 160 local, state and national environmental groups is asking every presidential candidate how he or she will address threats to drinking water supplies for more than 30 million people. The Healing Our Waters Great Lakes Coalition has released a presidentia

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