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PNS Daily Newscast - August 19, 2019. 


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Public News Service - PA: Toxics

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

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

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

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

Some major retailers no longer sell methylene chloride paint strippers, but they remain widely available. (Photo: USDA)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – The Environmental Protection Agency has been put on notice that it faces a lawsuit for delaying the finalization of a ban on methylene chloride, a toxic chemical used in paint stripping products. On Wednesday, Latino workers, environmental and public health advocates filed

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

Many facilities in Allegheny County are operating with expired Title V pollution permits. (imagii/Pixapbay)

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Clean air advocates contend using the County Clean Air Fund for Allegheny County Health Department office renovations is illegal. The Group Against Smog and Pollution, or GASP, and the Clean Air Council have asked the Court of Common Pleas to stop the county from using the

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

Gas wells, pipelines and industrial sites contribute to air pollution in Southwest Penn. (jplenio/Pixabay)

PITTSBURGH — A new grassroots initiative hopes to educate and mobilize at least 1,000 people to fight for clean air in and around Allegheny County. They're calling it Southwest PA Neighbors for Clean Air. The goal is to establish 100 groups of 10 neighbors and give them the information they

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