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PNS Daily Newscast - October 21, 2019 


G-7 meeting may move to Camp David; conservation groups sound alarm about acting BLM chief; NC suit aims to change solitary confinement policy there; questions about Amazon Ring coordination with police; and microbes might help in earthquakes.

2020Talks - October 21, 2019 


2016 candidate Hillary Clinton says Russia is "grooming" Rep. Tulsi Gabbard for a third-party run. And Sen. Bernie Sanders has biggest Democratic campaign event this season so far.

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Public News Service - OH: Energy Policy

Groups opposed to House Bill 6 need more than 265,000 signatures to get a referendum on the ballot in 2020. (distell2610/Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohioans who want voters to decide the future of a new clean-energy law soon will know if their efforts are fruitful. Today is the deadline for opponents of House Bill 6 to submit the signatures needed to get a referendum on the November 2020 ballot. The controversial bill wa

Energy-efficiency jobs account for 24% of all energy jobs in Ohio. (Auremar/AdobeStock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Energy-efficiency jobs are booming in Ohio, and the pace is not expected to slow any time soon. According to a report released Monday, Ohio added more than 2,000 energy-efficiency jobs in 2018. That's a nearly 5% increase - compared with the overall state employment growth

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

Two of Ohio Valley Electric Corp.'s coal plants will receive subsidies under House Bill 6. (William Alden/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio electric customers soon will be footing the bill for some aging coal-fired power plants. Gov. Mike DeWine signed House Bill 6 on Tuesday, just hours after it was passed by the Legislature. The law imposes an energy tax on electric customers to subsidize First Energy's two nort

About 1,500 direct jobs are supported by federal weatherization funding. (highwaystarz/Adobe Stock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Weatherization programs in Ohio could get a federal funding boost. Last week, a U.S. House committee marked-up HB 2041, which would provide a roughly 20% increase in funding for the Weatherization Assistance Program. A Senate committee is expected to clear its version of the l

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

Would legislation now in the Ohio House benefit electric customers or nuclear power plants? (lovelyday12/Adobe Stock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio House could vote this week on a massive overhaul of the state's clean-energy programs. House Bill 6 would repeal the state's renewable-energy and energy-efficiency standards, and create new subsidies through a new Ohio Clean Energy Fund for FirstEnergy Solution's two nucle

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

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