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PNS Daily Newscast - December 14, 2018 


The Senate votes to withdraw funding for the Saudi war in Yemen. Also on the Friday rundown: the Global Climate Conference reinforces the need for grassroots movements; and could this be the most wasteful time of year?

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Public News Service - PA: Environmental Justice

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 Mariner East pipelines are designed to carry highly volatile liquid ethane. (Arulonline/Pixabay)

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Citing sinkholes, contaminated water wells and alleged poor managerial judgement, an administrative law judge has suspended operations and construction of the Mariner East pipelines. In her ruling, Public Utility Commission Judge Elizabeth Barnes said Sunoco had put profi

With the loophole, some polluters could more than quadruple their emissions. (bhumann34/Pixabay)

Harrisburg, Pa. – Clean-air advocates want the federal courts to stop a new rule that would allow major polluters to turn their pollution controls off. Since 1990, the Clean Air Act has required major sources of pollution to reduce their emissions by the maximum amount possible. But, accor

Groups are seeking an injunction to halt construction where drilling-fluid spill protocols have been weakened. (Ohikulkija [CC BY-SA 3.0]/Wikimedia Commons)

PHILADELPHIA — Environmental groups claim the agreement to restart the Mariner East 2 pipelines is illegal. Pipeline construction permits were suspended in January for what the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection labeled "willful and egregious" violations. Five weeks later, S

States are expected to sue as the Trump administration tries to repeal the Clean Power Plan. (stevepb/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – States in the Northeast and on the West Coast are challenging Trump administration changes to environmental regulations. Stateline, a journalism project of The Pew Charitable Trusts, has kicked off its 2018 State of the States series with a report on the mounting resistance

The new chair of the EPA Science Advisory Board denies the scientific evidence that smog causes asthma. (12019/Pixabay)

WASHINGTON D.C. – Doctors, scientists and professional organizations are suing EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt for replacing publicly-funded scientists with others who advocate for polluting industries. According to the lawsuit, of Pruitt's 18 new appointees to the EPA's Science Advisory Boar

Nationally more than 1 million African-Americans live within half a mile of existing natural gas facilities. (dbchandler/Pixabay)

PHILADELPHIA – A new report shows that pollution from oil and gas facilities in Pennsylvania and nationwide is disproportionately harming African-American communities. The report, "Fumes Across the Fence-Line," documents health impacts of living near oil and gas pollution, including increase

A newly-filed lawsuit says rolling back climate protections endangers the lives of future generations. (Pezibear/Pixabay)

PITTSBURGH – The federal government is ignoring the threats to life on this planet presented by climate change - that's the claim of a lawsuit against Trump administration officials. The suit was filed in federal court in Philadelphia this week, on behalf of the Clean Air Council and two Penns

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