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PNS Daily Newscast - July 19, 2018 


Efforts continue to quell the backlash over President Donald Trump’s changing statements on the Russia summit. Also on the Thursday rundown: protestors are out for Mike Pence’s visit to Missouri; and nobody wants to go, but one option is green burials.

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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

New permitting rules will apply to new gas wells, transmission stations and pipelines. (Nicholas A. Tonelli/Flickr)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Pennsylvania is taking a major step toward reducing methane emissions at natural gas facilities. The state's Department of Environmental Protection has announced it will implement new and updated permits that require controlling emissions of methane and other pollutants fro

Pennsylvania has more than 1,300 Christmas tree farms. (CBF Photo)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – If you want to help the environment this Christmas, you might want to "get real" when you're shopping for a tree. Environmentalists point out artificial Christmas trees often end up as plastic waste in a landfill. And according to B.J. Small, director of media and communica

Everyone can help reduce global climate change. (Tony Webster/Flickr)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - It's Earth Day and representatives of 155 countries are gathered in New York City to sign the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Under that agreement, those nations will work to keep the rise in global temperatures below two degrees Celsius, a goal that could help limit the worst

Radium 226 found in fracking waste has a half-life of 1,600 years. (Delaware Riverkeeper Network)

BRISTOL, Pa. - Environmentalists say a state study of radiation in waste from gas drilling is inaccurate and incomplete. The Department of Environmental Protection study found little cause for concern about radioactive materials in waste from drilling operations. But Tracy Carluccio, deputy direc

Environmentalists say HB1327 would prohibit modernization of gas drilling regulations. (Meredithw/Wikipedia)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Environmental groups are urging rejection of a bill passed by the state Senate Thursday. The Fiscal Code is an annual bill authorizing state spending, but House Bill 1327 also contains provisions that would delay meeting goals for reducing carbon emissions, halt modernization of ga

Two-thirds of Pennsylvanians live in areas that fail to meet federal safeguards for smog pollution. Credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Wikimedia Commons

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The Pennsylvania Environmental Quality Board approved a new rule on Tuesday that will reduce smog-causing pollution from most coal-fired power plants, but gave one of the biggest sources a pass. Nitrogen Oxide, or NOx, is particularly harmful to children, seniors and those with h

The grant will target 106 miles of polluted waterways in the Juniata River Basin. Credit: Cngodles/en.wikipedia

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The Chesapeake Bay Foundation has received a $265,000 grant to reduce pollution and improve water quality in Pennsylvania rivers damaged by agricultural pollution. The grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation will target three waterways in the Juniata River Basin. Acco

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