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PNS Daily Newscast - May 13, 2021 


President Biden taps Tracy Stone-Manning to be director of Bureau of Land Management; and Colorado schools get new tools to help students distinguish between news, commentary and disinformation.


2021Talks - May 13, 2021 


Republicans oust Liz Cheney from her leadership role, Dr. Anthony Fauci urges more vaccinations, NAACP leaders voice support for voting rights legislation, and Nancy Pelosi is optimistic about the infrastructure bill.

Public News Service - PA: Toxics

Pennsylvania PULSE is expected to create more than 400 jobs and reduce carbon pollution by the equivalent of taking 34,000 cars off the roads. (Johnstocker/Adobe Stock)

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HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Gov. Tom Wolf announced Monday the biggest solar-energy commitment ever undertaken by any government in the United States. Known as Pennsylvania PULSE, the power-purchase agreement will result in construction of seven large solar arrays in six counties; enough to produce nearly h

The administration wants to review the Trump EPA's weakening of vehicle-emission standards. (Nady/Adobe Stock)

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HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Environmental advocates say President Joe Biden's actions on clean air and climate will make a big difference for air quality in the Keystone State. The executive orders signed by the president on his first day in office will start reversing some of the most aggressive moves by t

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

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

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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

As a greenhouse gas, methane is 80 times more powerful in the near term than carbon dioxide. (denismax/Adobe Stock)

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HARRISBURG, Pa. – The Environmental Protection Agency wants to roll back regulations for controlling methane emissions from the oil and gas industry, but clean-air advocates say that's going in the wrong direction. Yesterday in Dallas, Texas, the EPA held its only hearing on a proposal to lo

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

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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)

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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

In 2012, U.S. power plants produced approximately 110 million tons of coal ash. (Josef17/Pixabay)

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HARRISBURG, Pa. – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants to roll back coal-ash regulations put in place four years ago to protect public health and the environment. Coal ash contains a variety of toxic substances including arsenic, cadmium and chromium, and neurotoxins such as lead an

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