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PNS Daily Newscast - September 30, 2020 


Trump and Biden square off in a debate marked by interruptions; COVID-19 highlights neglect of undocumented residents.


2020Talks - September 30, 2020 


Last night was filled with interruptions at the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden.

Public News Service - PA: Energy Policy

The blueprint calls for creating sustainable jobs while cutting greenhouse-gas emissions. (agnormark/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - More than fifty groups have joined together to produce a blueprint for job creation and building a sustainable economy in Appalachia. They call it "Reimagine Appalachia," a plan that could help a four-state area, including southwestern Pennsylvania, where the economy hasn't worke

To benefit pollinators, the Giant Co.'s new solar farm has been seeded with flowering plants throughout the site. (Center for Pollinators in Energy)

CARLISLE, Pa. -- A solar-array project unveiled in Carlisle on Monday will not only generate renewable power, but will also provide real benefits for local farms and pollinator insects. The seven-acre pollinator-friendly solar array will provide power to the headquarters of Giant Foods, a major su

Joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative could reduce Pennsylvania's carbon emissions by 180 million tons by 2030. (Bonnie/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Pennsylvania's ability to control some forms of air pollution may be at risk after the state's House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee narrowly advanced a bill this week that opponents say would jeopardize efforts to reduce carbon emissions. The official title of Hous

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

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

A NEPA review helped stop a recent proposal for mountain biking in the Allegheny National Forest. (Zack Frank/Adobe Stock)

WARREN, Pa. -- Conservation groups say proposed changes to the National Environmental Policy Act, or NEPA, would let potentially damaging projects avoid rigorous review and public input. For more than 50 years, NEPA has been the federal process that helps protect water, air and wilderness areas fr

An explosion and fire along the Revolution Pipeline destroyed a house and caused six high-voltage transmission towers to collapse. (berkut_34/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection could soon resume issuing permits for construction of the Mariner East Pipeline. The DEP announced Friday it has reached an agreement with the company overseeing the construction after banning new permits and approvals last y

The public will be able to comment starting early next year on a proposed rule estimated to reduce methane emissions in Pennsylvania by 75,600 tons per year. (MORO/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Pennsylvania's environmental rule-making board has voted to advance a rule to cut down on methane emissions from existing oil and gas facilities. The rule passed the Environmental Quality Board on Tuesday by a 18-1 vote. Methane is responsible for one-quarter of the climate chang

Optical gas imaging shows methane and volatile organic compounds escaping from an oil and gas facility in Texas. (photo by Earthworks)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Planned expansion of oil and gas development would push global temperatures beyond the tipping point of catastrophic climate change, according to a new report. The report, from the Global Gas and Oil Network, says the industry plans to invest $1.4 trillion in new extraction

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