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PNS Daily Newscast - August 3, 2020 


Negotiations to resume today on a COVID-19 relief package; advocates brace for surge in homeless Americans.


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Concerns about U.S. Postal Service delays and voter intimidation from voting rights advocates. Plus, Joe Biden calls for emergency housing legislation.

Public News Service - OH: Toxics

Researchers estimate about 8 million metric tons of plastic enter the ocean every year. (Adobe Stock)<br />

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- As millions of people pledge to go plastic-free this month as part of the Sierra Club's "Plastic-Free July" campaign, the coronavirus pandemic has led to an increase in plastic usage in the U.S. overall. Randi Pokladnik is a retired research chemist and environmental activist in s

A June 20 satellite image of Lake Erie's Western Basin. (NOAA)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Forecasters continue to predict that the annual harmful algal bloom on Lake Erie will be smaller this year than it was in 2019. The latest weekly Early Season Projection from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) estimates, on a scale of 1 to 10, a bloom with a seve

A new report says sometimes even the workers at oil and gas wells are unaware of the chemicals being used on-site. (Andy Ilmberger/Adobe Stock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Troubling information has been uncovered about the use of so-called classified chemicals in fracking operations in Ohio. Using mapping and data analysis by FracTracker Alliance, new research from the Partnership for Policy Integrity shows the oil and gas industry injected pote

NOAA's Lake Erie algal bloom forecast position for July 31. (noaa.gov)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A midsummer algal bloom again is turning western Lake Erie's waters green. While it's predicted to become fairly severe, researchers say it could be worse. The severity of this year's bloom is forecast to be a 7.5 on a scale of zero to 10. Laura Johnson, director of the Nati

FERC is accepting public comment on its environmental assessment of The Buckeye Xpress pipeline project. (FERC)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Despite an agreeable review from regulators, some Ohio residents and organizations still object to a proposed pipeline expansion. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is taking public comment on its environmental assessment for the Buckeye XPress project, which involves th

Nearly $2 billion worth of methane gas is lost each year through flaring and leaks at oil- and gas-well sites in the United States. (Tim Evanson/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - New federal legislation could help Ohio in its efforts to reduce methane gas leaks from natural-gas facilities. Methane is considered one of the most potent greenhouse gases, and nearly $2 billion worth of methane is lost each year at oil and gas well sites across the country. Th

Researchers say children are more susceptible to the negative health impacts of pesticides commonly used on conventionally grown foods. (@darby/Twenty20.com)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A new food-safety report is underlining the need for increased supports to grow organic food production in Ohio. The study included samples collected in central Ohio by the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association, and revealed some store-brand foods produced and sold by Al

Scientists say there are health risks associated with disposable plastics. (MabelAmber/Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio lawmakers are considering legislation that would prohibit communities from banning plastic bags. But who stands to benefit? Supporters of House Bill 625 and Senate Bill 210 claim imposing local taxes on single-use containers, including plastic bags, are a burden on busi

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