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PNS Daily Newscast - June 20, 2018 


The Trump administration pulls the U.S. out of the U.N. Human Rights Council. Also on the Wednesday rundown: State AGs push back on the Trump border policy; and we look at the link between zinc and fertility.

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Public News Service - PA: Environment

More than 35,000 family farms are in the Pennsylvania portion of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. (12019/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Chesapeake Bay is getting cleaner, but a new analysis says much more needs to be done to clean up pollution coming from Pennsylvania rivers and streams. The midpoint assessment of compliance with the Chesapeake Bay Clean Water Blueprint shows the water in the bay is clearer

The Mariner East pipelines are designed to carry highly volatile liquid ethane. (Arulonline/Pixabay)

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Citing sinkholes, contaminated water wells and alleged poor managerial judgement, an administrative law judge has suspended operations and construction of the Mariner East pipelines. In her ruling, Public Utility Commission Judge Elizabeth Barnes said Sunoco had put profi

Money from the Land and Water Conservation Fund helped create the Flight 93 National Memorial site in Shanksville, Penn. (pxhere)

GETTYSBURG, Pa. – More than eight thousand veterans from across the country have signed a letter urging Congress to reauthorize a program that has helped protect some of the nation's most historic battlefields. For more than 50 years, the Land and Water Conservation Fund has been used to acq

Break Free From Plastic representatives Jed Alegado, Lakshmi Narayan and Myrna Dominguez are visiting U.S. communities affected by gas and oil production. (Debra Smit/Breathe Project)

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Plastics have serious negative impacts throughout the supply chain – that's the message brought to Pittsburgh this week by activists from India and the Philippines. The representatives of Break Free From Plastic, a global movement seeking solutions to what they call t

Some of Pennsylvania's share of the Volkswagen settlement money will help build charging infrastructure for electric vehicles. (Joenomias/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Pennsylvanians could be breathing a little easier after the state puts its share of the multi-billion-dollar settlement with Volkswagen to use. Gov. Tom Wolf announced Thursday that $118 million will be used to help clean up the air in the Keystone State. Volkswagen had rig

State and federal officials and local high school students joined Chesapeake Bay Foundation president Will Baker in planting the first tree. (B.J. Small/CBF Staff)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - A statewide partnership launched a major effort Tuesday to help protect rivers and streams by planting 10 million trees in the state by the end of 2025. Trees planted next to streets and waterways form natural buffers to keep sediment and pollutants from reaching the water. The Ke

In 2014 a broken pipe in North Carolina released 39,000 tons of coal ash into the Dan River. (EPA/WikimediaCommons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Environmental groups say changes proposed by Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt would gut federal coal-ash regulations put in place in 2015. Coal ash contains toxic pollutants such as arsenic, lead and radioactive elements, many of which have no federal m

As electric vehicles increase their range, more charging stations will be needed to meet the demand. (pxhere)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Pennsylvania is lagging behind some other states in creating the infrastructure to support electric vehicles, but a bill making its way through the General Assembly could change that. Transportation is one of the main sources of carbon pollution. But without a reliable netw

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