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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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Public News Service - WI: Water

Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a large group of human-made chemicals used in industry and consumer products worldwide since the 1950s, including firefighting foam. (Pixabay)

MADISON, Wis. – Firefighting foam may not be as life-saving as you think. The foam often contains chemicals known as polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), which can be found in a wide range of products, from nonstick cookware to fast-food wrappers. However, recent studies suggest that exposure t

LRB-1244 authorizes a market-based framework to facilitate more water-quality trades in Wisconsin. (Greyerbaby/Pixabay)

MADISON, Wis. – A bill introduced this week by Republican legislators that would create a clearinghouse between fixed-source polluters and water-pollution credit generators in Wisconsin is drawing questions from some environmental groups. The bill introduced Tuesday would streamline the state

Wisconsin-based Tyco Fire Products tested 168 wells and said they only found 56 that show evidence of chemical contamination. (jwvein/Pixabay)

MARINETTE, Wis. — State records show Tyco Fire Products knew that its toxic products were contaminating groundwater at least four years before they notified residents. Reporting from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel found the company discovered soil and well contamination on the Marinette manu

Foxconn's 20-million square-foot campus was praised by President Donald Trump as proof of his ability to revive American manufacturing. (Wikimedia Commons)

GURNEE, Ill. – Despite Foxconn's failed promise to bring a bounty of blue collar factory jobs back to the Midwest, its development center that it now says will be staffed by scientists and engineers still could cause flooding and environmental issues for Racine County in Wisconsin. Foxconn p

The Southwest Wisconsin Groundwater and Geology study examines whether there is contamination in drinking-water wells, and what might be causing it. (PublicDomainPictures/Pixabay)

MADISON, Wis. – A new water quality task force has been proposed for Wisconsin after a recent study showed widespread health concerns about drinking water wells in several counties. For about a decade, conservation groups had warned Gov. Scott Walker and fellow Republican Party leaders that

Trout fishing had an annual economic impact of $1.6 billion in the Driftless area in 2015, according to the

MADISON, Wis. — The latest twist in the bitter dispute over state groundwater playing out in the courts and at the Capitol includes the Department of Natural Resources’ approval of high-capacity wells in areas deemed harmful to trout streams. In 2015, the agency found pumping could har

Local residents measure the turbidity of Lowery Creek on the Cates Family Farm. (Margaret Krome/Michael Fields Agricultural Institute)

SPRING GREEN, Wis. – Wisconsinites are getting their feet wet to find out more about their local streams. The Water Action Volunteers stream monitoring program is training people across the Badger State to become citizen scientists by measuring local bodies of water. About 40 miles west of

Several municipalities passed resolutions opposing any Wisconsin decisions to reduce environmental standards that apply to Foxconn. (Pixabay)

MILWAUKEE — Residents in Lake County, Illinois, are pushing to make sure the Foxconn development in Racine County won't result in additional flooding for downstream residents. Since the Wisconsin Legislature waived environmental regulations for Foxconn, the Lake County Stormwater Management

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