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PNS Daily Newscast - April 2, 2020 


The Trump Administration decides Obama healthcare exchanges will not reopen - we have reaction. Plus a look a vulnerable COVID-19 population you may not have heard about.

2020Talks - April 2, 2020 


Some states this year use ranked-choice voting. What are some of the benefits during COVID-19? Plus, President Trump and former VP Biden continue to battle over the Affordable Care Act.

Public News Service - WV: Toxics

PHOTO: Environmentalists say the derailment and explosion of a train carrying crude oil in Montgomery, West Virginia, highlights the threats to drinking water and public safety from the transportation of oil and other chemicals by rail. Photo credit: The office of Governor Earl Ray Tomlin

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The derailment and massive explosion of a crude oil tanker train highlights threats to drinking water, as well as concerns about shipping crude oil and chemicals, advocates say. The train derailment in Fayette County on Monday forced American West Virginia Water to suspend tap w

PHOTO: If a law passed in the midst of last year's water protests is amended, it might not apply to a company run by former Freedom Industries executives - cited for similar problems. Photo by Dan Heyman.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Chemical storage problems at a company run by former Freedom Industries executives might escape state attention if the law passed after last year's spill is loosened. Violations at Lexycon's tank farm in Nitro are worryingly similar to Freedom's, says Maya Nye, executive

PHOTO: Since the Freedom Industries chemical spill this spring, West Virginia voters have been overwhelmingly concerned about issues of drinking-water protections, according to a new poll. Photo credit: Dan Heyman.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia voters overwhelmingly favor strong clean-water protections, and most are even willing to pay more taxes to get them. In a new poll voters were asked about specific water protections such as environmental monitoring and hiring the inspectors to do it; as well as the

MAP: The thousands of Marcellus gas wells permitted in West Virginia are producing hundreds of thousands of tons of drill cuttings each year. They contain naturally occurring, low-level radioactive waste, a serious issue for the state's landfills. Map courtesy West Virginia Geologic and Economic Survey.

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – As West Virginia revises its emergency landfill rules, concerns are rising about the tons of low-level radioactive waste from Marcellus drilling going into the state's dumps. One Marcellus well can produce 500 tons of drill cuttings, including naturally occurring radioact

GRAPHIC: The Koch Brothers' complex political network is advertising heavily in West Virginia. CREDIT: Robert McGuire/Center for Responsive Politics.

CHARLESTON, W.Va - The billionaire Koch brothers' political organizations, Americans for Prosperity and the American Energy Alliance, are running a flood of campaign ads in West Virginia. Some observers say the oil and chemical billionaires benefit from the deregulation of chemical safety rules, som

PHOTO: West Virginians are debating the impact on the economy of new EPA carbon pollution rules. Photo courtesy of the Sierra Club.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Depending on whom you ask, the new Environmental Protection Agency carbon pollution rules will be a new start for the state's economy or will drag it down. Given reductions that have already have happened, West Virginia's power plants will have to cut the carbon dioxide t

PHOTO: A bill being drafted in the U.S. House of Representatives would do little to address the issues brought to light by the Elk River chemical spill. Photo by Dan Heyman.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A bill being drafted in Congress would leave in place the chemical regulation failures that came to light in the Freedom Industries spill. The House Energy and Commerce Committee, which includes Rep. David McKinley, is considering the Chemicals in Commerce Act. Andy Igr

West Virginia clean-water protesters say they are concerned that coal-cleaning chemicals such as MCHM many be broadly getting into the state's water. PHOTO by Dan Heyman.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A lawmaker has charged that coal-washing may be leaching large amounts of MCHM and similar chemicals into West Virginia's water. MCHM is a foaming agent used to separate and float particles of coal away from rock and clay at some of the 100 or so West Virginia prep plants. Much o

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