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PNS Daily Newscast - May 13, 2021 


President Biden taps Tracy Stone-Manning to be director of Bureau of Land Management; and Colorado schools get new tools to help students distinguish between news, commentary and disinformation.


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Republicans oust Liz Cheney from her leadership role, Dr. Anthony Fauci urges more vaccinations, NAACP leaders voice support for voting rights legislation, and Nancy Pelosi is optimistic about the infrastructure bill.

Public News Service - WA: Toxics

Research shows fine particles in wildfire smoke, already hazardous to people's health, can become even more harmful over time. (Brett Palm/University of Washington)

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SEATTLE -- Wildfire smoke can be counted among the things that don't get better with time. Researchers studying the effects of smoke plumes are concerned about the chemical reactions that happen as they age. Brett Palm, a postdoctoral researcher in atmospheric chemistry at the University of Washin

The Washington Environmental Health Disparity Map identifies communities highly impacted by environmental justice issues. (Washington State Department of Health)

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SEATTLE -- A new report lays out how Washington state's government can ensure environmental justice for people of all races. The Environmental Justice Task Force, convened last year, came up with 26 policy recommendations through community conversations. It includes the formation of an interagency

There are 74 Southern Resident orcas in the Northwest, their lowest population in nearly three decades. (Candice Emmons/NOAA)

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SEATTLE – The Washington state Southern Resident Orca Task Force's recommendations for saving the killer whale population are open for public comment through Sunday. The organization, convened by Gov. Jay Inslee, released a long list of potential fixes last week and will review public commen

The harmful effects of excessive formaldehyde in wood products came into sharp focus in FEMA trailers after Hurricane Katrina. (Infrogmation/Wikimedia Commons)

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SEATTLE – A new rule put in place by the Environmental Protection Agency this month will protect consumers from formaldehyde in wood products. Formaldehyde is used to bind wood in products such as cabinets, flooring and even RV paneling. However, excessive use of the product can hurt people'

There are only 76 killer whales left in the Northwest's iconic Southern Resident population. (NOAA/Wikimedia Commons)

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OLYMPIA, Wash. – An orca conservation team convened by Gov. Jay Inslee is holding its first meeting on Tuesday. The Southern Resident Killer Whale Recovery Task Force will focus on ways to help the Northwest's iconic species. Southern Resident Orca numbers in the Salish Sea have been in seri

Northwest tribes oppose the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion, which could increase oil tanker traffic in the Strait of Juan de Fuca sevenfold. (Mark Klotz/Flickr)

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SEATTLE – This year, Native tribes have been at the forefront of opposition against expanding oil and gas transport in the Northwest. They say the latest threat to the environment and their way of life is the Trans Mountain Pipeline through British Columbia – and Houston-based Kinder M

Bees are important pollinators for plants and flowers, but in the past year, populations nationwide have dropped by one-third. (Andreas/Flickr)

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SEATTLE – Today is the final day for the public to comment on an updated assessment of four pesticides that environmental and food-safety groups worry are killing off bees. Hundreds of thousands of public comments are being delivered to EPA headquarters in Washington, D.C., today by Friends

The prototype for a battery-free cell phone developed at the University of Washington was built with cheap, off-the-shelf components. (Mark Stone/University of Washington)

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SEATTLE – Cell-phone users are excited that the prototype for a battery-free cell phone might mean they could cut the cord to their chargers in the future. But the developing technology also may be a boon for the environment. Developed at the University of Washington, the battery-free cell p

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