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PNS Daily Newscast - July 23, 2019 


A bipartisan deal reached to avert U.S. government default. Also on our Tuesday rundown: a new report calculates the high hospital costs for employers. Plus, new legislation could help protect Florida's at-risk wildlife.

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Public News Service - WA: Environmental Justice

Photo: Spill at Bonneville Dam. Photo courtesy: Bonneville Power Authority.

PASCO, Wash. - Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash., brings his "Saving Our Dams and New Hydropower Development and Jobs Act" to Pasco for a field hearing today. Conservation groups that could be affected by the bill will be there - but aren't slated to testify. Hastings calls his bill, HR 6247, "common-sens

SEATTLE - The U.S. House of Representatives late Tuesday voted to ease rules for Border Patrol agents, and the measure is causing concern among sportsmen, Native Americans and other advocates for public land. Supporters say the measure will protect the country from illegal activity such as drug smu

SEATTLE - If you can't meet the requirements to regulate air pollution, try changing them. That's what plaintiffs in a recent lawsuit say the state of Washington is attempting to do. Last year, environmental groups sued the state for failing to regulate emissions from five oil refineries, and a dis

SEATTLE - A new coalition considers Puget Sound Energy (PSE) a utility company with a split personality. On one hand, it is making impressive investments in wind and solar power. On the other, it is still a major owner of the second-largest coal plant in the western United States. Coal-Free PSE is

SEATTLE - Risks to human health and the environment are the reasons cited for a lawsuit to force the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to update its National Ambient Air Quality Standards. At least 120,000 people a year die from health complications related to breathing dirty air, according to

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Salmon – and anything else swimming in waterways around Vancouver – could have a better new year after a court decision this week. On Wednesday, U.S. District Court Judge Ronald Leighton ruled that Clark County has to comply with federal clean water laws, which m

SEATTLE - Five oil refineries in Washington will be under new pressure to clean up their airborne emissions as a result of a district court decision on Friday. The Washington Environmental Council and the Sierra Club alleged that the state and regional clean air agencies have been violating the Clea

SEATTLE - Washington's heavy seasonal rains often mean flooded homes and businesses, particularly in the Puget Sound region. Conservation groups say much of the damage is preventable, but that Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) policies actually encourage development in floodplains. The rai

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