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PNS Daily Newscast - January 27, 2021 


Biden executive orders address pollution and environmental justice; health professionals note a link between climate change and human health.


2021Talks - January 27 , 2021 


The Senate moves forward with Trump's impeachment trial; scholars question the legality of impeachment after an official is out of office.

Public News Service - UT: Climate Change/Air Quality

The Jacob Hamblin Arch is part of the former Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument that Utah conservationists hope will be restored by the incoming Biden administration. (kojihirano/Adobe Stock) <br /><br />

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MOAB, Utah -- Utah conservation groups, battered by four years of Trump administration rollbacks of public-land protections, say they're looking for a new approach from the new administration. Since 2016, Utah has seen reductions in the size of national monuments, new mineral leases on public lands

Acting Director of the Bureau of Land Management, William Pendley Perry (center), tours outdoor trails near Moab in 2019 with several BLM staff members. (BLM)

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MOAB, Utah -- The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) begins this week without a director. In a win for conservation groups and a number of Western states, including Utah, a federal judge ordered William Perry Pendley be removed from his post, which he had been filling illegally for more than 400 days

Water from the Upper Basin of the Colorado River is stored in Lake Mead near Las Vegas. A white ring around the banks is evidence of a 20-year drought that has left the reservoir less than half full. (trekandphoto/Adobe Stock)<br /><br />

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ST. GEORGE, Utah -- A coalition of 15 conservation groups says a Utah plan to divert water from Lake Powell is unnecessary, overpriced and endangers the region's already-depleted water supply. Representatives from the six states that surround Utah sent a letter to Congress this week, threatening le

The Uinta Basin Railway was designed to transport crude oil from production fields across rural Utah to refineries in nearby states. (alexhiotrov/Adobe Stock)

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MOAB, Utah - Conservation groups have sued a Utah state agency, claiming illegal use of public money to construct a private oil-and-gas rail line. The Utah Permanent Community Impact Fund Board awarded a $28 million grant to help the Uinta Basin Railway move crude oil to refineries in border state

The Salt Lake Valley experiences a choking air inversion every winter due to tailpipe emissions and other pollutants.  (Kryhin/AdobeStock)<br /><br />

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Could members of the conservative Utah Legislature be considering a plan to deal with climate change? The answer is a definite "maybe." As lawmakers returned to the Capitol this week, they found copies of The Utah Roadmap, a paper aimed at developing policies to improve air quality

The BLM has been ordered to pull back dozens of oil and gas leases, including ones in the Black Dragon Canyon wilderness area in Utah, because it did not properly analyze the effects that oil exploration would have on climate change. (Antropova/AdobeStock)

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MOAB, Utah — A court challenge by conservation groups has forced the Bureau of Land Management to pull back dozens of oil and gas leases in western states, including in Utah. A federal judge ruled last week that the BLM failed to properly study the effects of climate change when it approved th

Ancient petroglyphs line more than 40 miles of rock wall faces along southern Utah's Nine Mile Canyon, which has been called the

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SALT LAKE CITY – A coalition of conservation groups is suing the Trump administration to halt the potential environmental damage from 130 oil and gas leases awarded on public lands in Utah. The complaint says the Bureau of Land Management violated the National Environmental Policy Act by app

Air quality in Salt Lake City turns dangerous each winter when a natural air inversion traps pollution from coal-fired power plants and other sources in the atmosphere. (WikimediaCommons)

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SALT LAKE CITY — Members of Moms Clean Air Force testified Monday before the Environmental Protection Agency over plans to roll back protections on toxic air pollutants. More than 30 moms from 15 states condemned a Trump administration proposal to weaken the Mercury and Air Toxics Standard, ca

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