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PNS Daily Newscast - Friday, August 23, 2019 


A federal court ruling changes how the President is elected, and Florida Democrats trigger a special session vote on guns. Those stories and more in today's news.

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Public News Service - NY: Toxics

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

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

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

Opponents of offshore drilling say a spill would devastate New York’s 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

Whales and dolphins are returning to the Long Island coast as fish populations rebound. (shadowfaxone/Pixabay)

ALBANY, N.Y. — Environmental groups say a proposal to allow oil and gas drilling off the Atlantic Coast poses real risks to New York. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management holds a public hearing on the draft plan in Albany today. The proposal, issued by the U.S. Department of the Interior, w

After Superstorm Sandy, New York City launched a $20 billion program to improve protections from the impacts of climate change. (Bill de Blasio/Flickr)

NEW YORK – New York City has filed a lawsuit against five major oil companies for damages the city blames on climate change. Mayor Bill de Blasio says the companies intentionally misled the public to protect their profits and now they need to shoulder the cost of making the city safer. Fol

Significant amounts of PCBs remain in river sediments north of the Troy Dam, environmentalists say. (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)<br />

NEW YORK – The Environmental Protection Agency has delayed a decision on whether General Electric has properly completed its cleanup of the Hudson River. The EPA sent a letter to GE on Tuesday, saying the agency needs more time to complete its review. GE had asked the EPA for a "certificat

Smog causes hundreds of premature deaths nationally every year. (Robert Young/Flickr)

NEW YORK – Environmental and public health groups are breathing a sigh of relief that the Environmental Protection Agency will not postpone implementation of standards for smog-forming ozone. In June, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced that the standards, scheduled to go into effect on

The state of New York needs to identify a source of clean drinking water for Hoosick Falls. (Daniel Case/Wikimedia Commons)

NEW YORK – An industrial site in Hoosick Falls, New York has been designated a federal Superfund site, giving a boost to efforts to clean up the town's drinking water. The EPA announced the new additions to the list Monday morning. PFOA, a chemical used in non-stick coatings and linked to se

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