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PNS Daily Newscast - January 17, 2020 


Govt. Accountability Office rules that Trump administration violated federal law on aid to Ukraine; and racial disparities in health care.

2020Talks - January 17, 2020 


Just a couple weeks out from the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary, four Senators are being pulled off the campaign trail for the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

Public News Service - NY: Toxics

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

For small towns, the EPA does not require testing drinking water for emerging contaminants. (Daniel Case [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)])

ALBANY, N.Y. – Many drinking-water sources in New York state are not tested for a variety of dangerous chemicals, but a new bill in the State Assembly could remedy that. Every few years, the federal Environmental Protection Agency publishes a list of emerging contaminants - chemicals determin

The EPA classified 200 miles of the Hudson River as a Superfund site in 1983. (brittanymoser/AdobeStock)<br />

NEW YORK — New York plans to sue the Environmental Protection Agency for giving General Electric a Certificate of Completion for its cleanup of PCBs in the upper Hudson River. The EPA said the $1.7 billion cleanup of PCBs, a suspected human carcinogen, satisfies the 2002 agreement with Gener

It has been more than three years since PFOA was found in drinking water in Hoosick Falls, N.Y. (Doug Kerr (CC BY-SA 2.0)/flickr)

ALBANY, N.Y. — Environmental groups are calling for New York State to establish very low permissible levels of some hazardous chemicals in drinking water. The state's Drinking Water Quality Council is holding meetings this afternoon in Albany, New York City and on Long Island. The council is

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