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PNS Daily Newscast - December 17, 2018 


Do GOP lawmakers have the votes to avoid a government shutdown? Also on the Monday rundown: groups laud Zinke’s departure, but worry about who’s next. Plus, a call for review of Veteran’s Administration dog research.

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Public News Service - WA: Energy Policy

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

A coal powered plant near Centralia, Wash., is set to shut down completely by 2025. (Kid Klutch/Flickr)

CENTRALIA, Wash. – With an initiative on the November ballot to charge carbon polluters, supporters are pointing to Southwest Washington as an example of how the measure could help workers. Initiative 1631 would put a fee on the state's largest polluters, such as oil companies, and use part

Seattle high school student and event organizer Jamie Margolin wants the Zero Hour Youth Climate March to be an inclusive movement. (Zero Hour Seattle)

SEATTLE – Young people around the world are standing up this Saturday to tell leaders to act on climate change before it's too late. The Zero Hour Youth Climate March is being organized by Seattle high school student Jamie Margolin; she'll be leading the main march in Washington DC. Sister m

I-1631 would use a fee on carbon pollution to invest in communities of color that have disproportionately been affected by climate change. (John Duffy/Flickr)

SEATTLE – The latest effort to curb carbon pollution in Washington state is putting communities most affected by climate change at its center. Backers of Initiative 1631 are gathering signatures to qualify it for the November ballot. It would charge $15 per ton on carbon emissions starting i

The Washington state Legislature set a cap of 7,500 cars in an incentive program that provides tax breaks to electric-vehicle purchasers. (desteniev/Twenty20)

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Washingtonians in the market for an electric car are running out of time to capitalize on a tax-break incentive for those vehicles. The state's program exempts local and state taxes on the first $32,000 of a new electric-vehicle purchase and will end on May 31. In March, the Evergr

An Environmental Impact Statement from the Washington State Department of Ecology says a proposed coal terminal would require 16 more trains per day. (Darin Moulton/Flickr)

LONGVIEW, Wash. – Six states have joined the battle over a massive coal export terminal proposed in Washington state. The Millennium Bulk Terminal in Longview would have been the largest in the country but was denied several key permits by state officials last year. Wyoming, Montana, Kansas,

Worsening wildfires are a concern if Washington state lawmakers don't find ways to give businesses more incentive to reduce carbon emissions. (LDELD/Flickr)

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington state Senate is considering a bill outlined by Gov. Jay Inslee that would make polluters pay – and use the money to invest in clean jobs and keeping natural resources resilient. Senate Bill 6203 would tax carbon polluters, with the funds used to speed up

Gov. Jay Inslee has rejected an oil terminal that would have sent 360,000 barrels of oil a day through the Columbia River Gorge. (Kat Holmes/Washington Environmental Council)

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Gov. Jay Inslee has delivered the final blow in the long battle over a proposed oil terminal in Vancouver. On Monday, Inslee agreed with the recommendation of the Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC), which voted unanimously at the end of last year to reject the

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