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PNS Daily Newscast - November 11, 2019 


Members of Congress take positions ahead of public impeachment hearings; EPA wants to relax coal-ash clean water rules; vets warned to watch for scams; and the good work one Kentucky veteran does.

2020Talks - November 11, 2019 


Today's Veterans Day; of the 45 current and past presidents, 29 have been veterans. Plus, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joined Sen. Bernie Sanders in Iowa this weekend for some of the biggest Iowa rallies so far this caucus season, as well as a climate-change summit.

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Public News Service - PA: Environment

The rule change would allow many power plants to continue discharging polluted water into waterways. (photostriker/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed extending compliance deadlines and creating new loopholes in clean-water rules that would allow some coal-fired power plants to keep polluting at current levels for years. The proposed changes affect rules put in place in 201

Changing seasonal weather, severe storms, drought and flooding are affecting businesses of all types in the Keystone State. (eric/Adobe Stock)

PITTSBURGH – Companies doing business in Pennsylvania are warning investors that climate change is a threat to productivity and profits. President Donald Trump attended an event sponsored by the natural gas industry in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, where he celebrated beginning the process of with

In 2018, extreme weather in Pennsylvania caused $144 million in property damage, and $125 million in damage to state-maintained roads and bridges. (Rico Löb/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Pennsylvania is taking a major step forward in its efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Gov. Tom Wolf has set the wheels in motion for the Keystone State to join nine other states in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). At a morning news conference on Thur

Vehicle emissions contribute to asthma-inducing smog and global climate change. (Monika Wisniewska/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania has joined more than 20 other states in a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration's revocation of California's right to set tougher auto-emission standards. California has been setting higher vehicle emissions standards since the 1970s. Thirteen other stat

Methane, the main ingredient in natural gas, accounts for an estimated 25% of the global warming now taking place. (Nightman1965/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - State senators and representatives from both major parties joined environmental groups in Harrisburg on Tuesday in urging Gov. Tom Wolf to move immediately on new rules to cut methane emissions in the Commonwealth. Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas, but the federal Environmenta

From 2003 to 2018, the waste generated by oil and gas operation in Pennsylvania increased by 1,500%. (FerrizFrames/Adobe Stock)

PITTSBURGH – The amount of toxic waste from oil and gas drilling in Pennsylvania has skyrocketed in recent years, and now a new map published by the environmental group Earthworks lets you see what's being dumped near you. In 2018 alone, fracking in the Keystone State generated 69 million ba

U.S. oil and gas operations release an estimated 13 million metric tons of methane per year. (Bertold Werkmann/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Environmental groups say the latest deregulation proposal from the Environmental Protection Agency would be devastating for the health of Pennsylvanians and the future of the planet. Late last week, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler released a proposal to eliminate direct regu

Forage fish attract larger predator fish, like striped bass, but they often wind up as the unintended bycatch in commercial fishing nets. (Reimar/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Forage fish have been declining in Pennsylvania rivers, but a bill now in Congress could help restore their numbers. Shad, river herring and other migratory species return to rivers like the Delaware and Susquehanna to breed, but they live much of their lives in ocean waters

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