PNS Daily Newscast - February 19, 2020 

President Trump commutes the prison sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Plus, warming expected to be hot topic at NV debate.

2020Talks - February 19, 2020 

Tonight's the Las Vegas debate, ahead of this weekend's Nevada caucuses. Some candidates are trying to regain the spotlight and others are trying to keep momentum.

Public News Service - VA: Toxics

PHOTO: EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy unveiled a proposed rule to reduce carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants. Virginia would need to reduce it's emissions by 37 percent. Photo courtesy of the EPA.

RICHMOND, Va. - The proposed rules for controlling carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants unveiled Monday by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has ignited some fiery debate in coal country. Virginia is heavily dependent on coal for electricity, and supplies most of its own coal. To m

PHOTO: The coal industry is igniting debate in Virginia over EPA standards to limit an air pollution connection to climate change and health issues. Photo credit: Wikipedia Commons

RICHMOND, Va. – The coal industry is igniting debate in Virginia over Environmental Protection Agency standards to limit air pollution connected to climate change and health issues. Virginians are seeing and hearing messages that those controls will mean higher electricity bills and other ec

PHOTO: Riverkeepers in Virginia and around the world are testing the waters for Swimmable Water Weekend, a global event to raise awareness of water quality and the impact of pollution. Photo credit:

RICHMOND, Va. – Can you swim in your local river or creek? Is there a safe beach? And if not, why not? Those are the questions riverkeepers want you to be asking as part of Swimmable Water Weekend this weekend. Peter Nichols, executive director of the environmental group Waterkeeper Alli


RICHMOND, Va. - Despite the fact that the coal and oil industries spent millions of dollars over the last election cycle to oppose clean-energy policies and candidates who support them, many candidates who favor clean-energy projects won or kept their seats. Among them are Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine an

Sun Covered with Soot

RICHMOND, Va. - The public comment period has ended for the Soot Rule proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). So far, this rule has received more supportive comments from the general public than at any time in the agency's history. Peter Iwaowicz, the director of the Clean Air Campa

PHOTO: Over three million people have written letters to EPA asking for strong national limits for new coal-fired power plants.   2010 Microsoft Corporation

HERNDON, Va. - Three million Americans have written comments asking the Environmental Protection Agency to implement tougher national standards to limit industrial carbon pollution from new coal-fired power plants. Margie Alt, executive director of Environment America, one of the groups that organi

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RICHMOND, Va. - Mothers are united in Virginia and around the nation in a push for clean air now and for generations to come. A group called MomsRising is speaking out about a Congressional Review Act resolution in the U.S. Senate that aims to overturn EPA limits on mercury and other toxins release

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RICHMOND, Va. - Winter was mild, after last summer broke high heat records all over the country, March 2012 was the warmest March on record, and a new report from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) says it's all just a taste of what is to come. Daniel Lashof, who is director of the NRDC

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