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PNS Daily Newscast - March 22, 2019 


President Trump rattles the Middle East, saying the U.S. will recognize Israel’s authority over the Golan Heights. Also on our Friday rundown: A judge blocks laws limiting the power of the new Wisconsin governor. Plus, momentum builds across party lines to abolish the death penalty.

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Public News Service - PA: Climate Change/Air Quality

Coal-fired power plants are the source of an estimated 75 percent of U.S. mercury pollution. (Max Musterman/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Dozens of moms have lined up in the nation's capital to speak out against an Environmental Protection Agency proposal to weaken regulations controlling toxic air pollution. The Mercury and Air Toxics Standards set limits on a variety of pollutants from coal-fired power plants. The

Chesapeake Bay is in danger of increased pollution from rivers and streams. (mcfisher/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Chesapeake Bay became more polluted last year for the first time in a decade according to a new report from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation - and a majority of the pollution came from Pennsylvania. The foundation's "State of the Bay Report" said extreme weather from climate c

Oil and gas operations in Pennsylvania emit an estimated 54,000 tons of volatile organic compounds and 520,000 tons of methane a year. (Shutterstock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – New rules to cut smog-forming emissions from thousands of oil and gas facilities across Pennsylvania have taken a step forward. On Thursday, the state's Air Quality Technical Advisory Committee is meeting to review a draft proposal from the Department of Environmental Prote

Pennsylvania is the nation's second-largest natural gas producer and a major source of methane emissions. (anita_starzycka/Pixabay)

PITTSBURGH – Environmental advocates say acting Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler's push to weaken methane regulations is bad for the environment and bad for Pennsylvania. Wheeler is addressing the state's oil and gas industry at the Shale Insights Conference in Pit

The oil and gas industry is the largest industrial source of methane pollution in the United States. (olafpictures/pixabay)

PHILADELPHIA – Clean-air advocates are vowing to fight the latest proposal to roll back regulations on methane emissions from the oil and gas industry. Acting Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler wants to reduce the frequency of monitoring for methane leaks at oil and

The Environmental Protection Agency's new plan would allow states to determine how much carbon pollution their coal-fired power plants can emit, and some could increase pollution levels. (pxhere)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The Environmental Protection Agency's plan to weaken one of the Obama administration's signature environmental proposals would violate the Clean Air Act, some advocacy groups say. The goal of the Clean Power Plan is to reduce carbon emissions from power plants by 32 percent. The E

Tick-borne diseases are increasing as climate change increases summer temperatures. (Kaldari[CC0]/Wikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Climate change already is affecting summers here in Pennsylvania and across the country, according to a new report. The National Wildlife Federation report said rising temperatures, droughts and severe weather all are effects of climate change, contributing to crop loss, flash flo

Nationally, almost 3 million children go to school or daycare within a half-mile of oil and gas facilities. (pxhere/CC BY 2.0)

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Environmental Protection Agency and Interior Department are rolling back regulations for pollution from oil and gas facilities, and a new report says that's putting children at risk. The report, from Moms Clean Air Force, lays out what it claims are the consequences of

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