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PNS Daily Newscast - August 22, 2019 


The latest Trump child-detention policy sparks harsh criticism. Also, on the Thursday rundown: New York suing the EPA over Hudson River PCBs.

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A bill in Congress would protect more than 126,000 acres of Olympic National Forest as wilderness. (U.S. Forest Service/Flickr)

QUILCENE, Wash. – After a decade of work, a bill to protect sensitive parts of the Olympic National Forest is poised to move ahead in Congress. On Wednesday, a U.S. House Natural Resources subcommittee held a hearing on the Wild Olympics Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. It would

The Navy is looking to increasing training jet flights to as many as 5,000 a year from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. (Robert Sullivan/Flickr)

SEATTLE – The National Parks Conservation Association is suing the U.S, Navy to get more information on jet training taking place over an area prized for its silence. Olympic National Park is a World Heritage Site renowned for its tranquility. But jet training with Growlers, one of the loude

While the severity of wildfires in the Northwest has grown, a new study finds only about a tenth of the historical acreage burns each year. (LDELD/Flickr)

SEATTLE — While the Northwest has seen massive infernos in recent years, a new report shows its forests actually are experiencing a historical deficit of fires. That deficit could be fueling recent, dangerous wildfire seasons. The study conducted by The Nature Conservancy, U.S. Forest Servic

A southern Washington community is managing nearby forestland. (Jeff Hollett/Flickr)

OLYMPIA, Wash. – A bill in the Washington State Legislature could give communities more control over local forests. Senate Bill 5873 would create a community forest pilot program to fund and monitor three projects in the state. Max Webster, evergreen forest program manager for the Washingt

A 2013 attempt to strip gray wolves of endangered species protections failed because of backlash from the public and scientists. (Brad Greenlee/Flickr)

SEATTLE - The U.S. Department of the Interior will roll out plans to remove Endangered Species Act protections for the gray wolf, acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt has announced. Groups in the Northwest say that action would be premature. Wolf numbers have made a big comeback since the spec

Ebey's Landing on Whidbey Island, Wash., is one of more than 400 historic sites preserved by the National Park Service. (Ashlyn Gehrett/Flickr)

SEATTLE – Groups across the country are calling on Congress to address maintenance costs in national parks in order to save some of America's most historic places. While the National Park Service oversees iconic landscapes such as Mount Rainier National Park, it also preserves historic sites

The recently expired Land and Water Conservation Fund has helped to protect the headwaters of the Yakima River. (Bureau of Land Management/Flickr)

SEATTLE – The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) expired last Sunday and loses about $2.4 dollars each day it isn't reauthorized. A bill introduced by U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell of Washington moved closer to reinstating the program this week. The bill, which would permanently reauthoriz

The expansion of a nearby oil refinery could increase bad air-quality days in North Cascades National Parks by more than two weeks. (Jeff Hollett/Flickr)

BELLINGHAM, Wash. - North Cascades National Park turns 50 this week, and one group wants Washington state to give the park a gift - with stronger air pollution controls on a nearby oil refinery. The Washington state Department of Ecology has approved facility updates to BP's Cherry Point refinery n

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