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PNS Daily Newscast - July 7, 2020 


The U.S. Supreme Court rules against rogue 2016 Electoral College voters; SBA pandemic aid goes to companies that don't pledge to save or create jobs.

2020Talks - July 7, 2020 


Biden's climate change task force is making some progress; a federal judge orders the Dakota Access Pipeline shut down; and today sees elections in NJ and DE.

Public News Service - PA: Environment

Clean-air advocacy groups in Pennsylvania say a draft DEP rule would cut methane emissions at little or no cost to the industry. (FerrizFrames/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Today is the second day of virtual public hearings on the Department of Environmental Protection's draft rule for controlling emissions from oil and natural-gas facilities. Current emission rules only apply to new or modified facilities. The new rule would control emissions of me

To benefit pollinators, the Giant Co.'s new solar farm has been seeded with flowering plants throughout the site. (Center for Pollinators in Energy)

CARLISLE, Pa. -- A solar-array project unveiled in Carlisle on Monday will not only generate renewable power, but will also provide real benefits for local farms and pollinator insects. The seven-acre pollinator-friendly solar array will provide power to the headquarters of Giant Foods, a major su

Joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative could reduce Pennsylvania's carbon emissions by 180 million tons by 2030. (Bonnie/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Pennsylvania's ability to control some forms of air pollution may be at risk after the state's House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee narrowly advanced a bill this week that opponents say would jeopardize efforts to reduce carbon emissions. The official title of Hous

Activists say those least responsible for causing climate change often are the first and most severely affected by it. (Manpeppe/Adobe Stock)

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- An interfaith group working to slow climate change says there is a link between ending reliance on fossil fuels and the protests taking place across the country. The COVID-19 pandemic and protests over the police killing of George Floyd, an unarmed African-American man in Min

Agriculture continues to be a major source of nitrogen pollution flowing into the Chesapeake Bay. (CascadeCreatives/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- The Environmental Protection Agency could face federal lawsuits if it doesn't take action against states not meeting their obligations to clean up water flowing into the Chesapeake Bay. Under the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint, watershed states are required to develop implemen

In Pennsylvania, 21,093 clean energy jobs have been lost because of the COVID pandemic. (mmphoto/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Thousands of clean energy jobs have been lost since March because of the economic downturn brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. From solar and wind power installations to assembling electric cars and energy-efficient appliances, clean energy occupations have been one of the f

A Harvard study has linked higher levels of air pollution to increased death rates from COVID-19. (Andrei/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Environmental groups are condemning new rules that threaten to roll back protections from toxic power plant emissions. The Environmental Protection Agency is changing the way it calculates the impact of mercury emissions. The Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, put in place in 2012

The Delaware is the longest free-flowing river east of the Mississippi. (Joshua/Adobe Stock)

PHILADELPHIA -- The Delaware River was once so polluted it turned the hulls of ships brown. But after decades of restoration, a river-conservation group has named it "River of the Year." The Delaware is a source of drinking water for Philadelphia and New York City, but 75 years ago it was choked w

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