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PNS Daily Newscast - September 25, 2020 

Democrats reported to be preparing a smaller pandemic relief package; vote-by-mail awaits a court decision in Montana.

2020Talks - September 25, 2020 

Senators respond to President Donald Trump's refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power. And, former military and national security officials endorse Joe Biden.

Public News Service - OR: Toxics

BURBANK, Wash. - The Army Corps of Engineers is testing the oil used in dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers to see if it contains PCBs, chemicals which can contaminate the water around the dams. The Corps says the tests are a precaution after oil leaks were discovered in December at the Ice Harbor

BOARDMAN, Ore. - There are at least two reasons for Oregonians to weigh in on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposal to regulate coal ash. One is the Portland General Electric (PGE) Boardman plant; the other is the Colstrip plant in Montana, owned in part by PGE and Pacific Power. Both

BOARDMAN, Ore. - It is the third comment period since 2006 for renewing an expired air quality permit for Portland General Electric's (PGE) Boardman coal-fired power plant. And, this week, it's been extended again by the Oregon Dept. of Environmental Quality (DEQ). During the two hearings held this

PORTLAND, Ore. - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is recommending tougher standards to clean up ground-level ozone pollution, commonly known as smog, and public comments are being accepted on the proposal for one more week. Ground-level ozone has been linked to serious health problems

PORTLAND, Ore. - For the 16.3 percent of Oregonians who smoke cigarettes, New Year's Day comes a little early - on November 19. The annual Great American Smokeout offers a chance to quit, backed by a major national publicity campaign. If it takes more than that, Oregon has plenty of local resources.

ROSEBURG, Ore. - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) wants to increase the number of herbicides it uses to kill weeds in Oregon, as well as the number of acres it will spray. The proposed plan, which would increase the areas to be treated from 12,000 to 45,300 acres, is raising concerns with some la

SALEM, Ore. - A dangerous side effect of this year's hot Oregon weather is blue-green algae in lakes. There are thousands of types of algae, but only about a dozen can cause serious health problems, especially for children and pets who swim in or ingest the lake water. The state Department of Human

SALEM, Ore. - Oregon is the first state to ban the sale of so-called electronic cigarettes, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will soon be in court to fight the same battle nationally. The battery-operated tube looks like a real paper-and-tobacco cigarette, but contains nicotine and fl

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