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PNS Daily Newscast - December 15, 2017 


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Public News Service - AR: Energy Policy

Participants at the first Arkansas Environmental Policy Summit will discuss managing and preserving the state’s natural resources, such as Hot Springs National Park. (zrfphoto/iStockphoto)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Environmental advocates and public officials are meeting today at the first Arkansas Environmental Policy Summit, to examine the state's critical ecological issues. The goal of the summit is to tackle some of the public-policy questions about the environment that are sure t

The Upper Buffalo Wilderness Area is among the public lands to be protected from air pollution by the EPA’s Arkansas Regional Haze Plan. (National Park Service)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – It took a lawsuit by an environmental group to get it done, but the Environmental Protection Agency has finally released clean air regulations for public lands in Arkansas. The Arkansas Regional Haze Plan is designed to clear the air pollution in the Caney Creek and Upper

PHOTO: Jon Gensler, who was a U.S. Army tank captain in Iraq, says he became concerned about climate change after seeing how America's energy policy was tied to the deaths of two West Point classmates there. Photo courtesy of Gensler.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Advisers to the armed forces are objecting to a vote by the U.S. House of Representatives to stop the military from planning for climate change. The Department of Defense sees climate change as a serious threat to national security. Last month, however, the House added an amendm

Researchers say they are concerned about chemicals in the natural brine that comes out of gas fracking wells. DIAGRAM by the EPA.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Many Arkansans are concerned about the fluids natural-gas drillers pump underground for hydraulic fracturing. But researchers say naturally occurring chemicals, some radioactive, coming out of the wells may be more of an issue. Avner Vengosh, a professor of geochemistry

PHOTO: Former EPA Administrator and former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman says the government shutdown is delaying efforts to make the nation's chemical plants safer.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - With many safety inspections suspended because of the federal government shutdown, observers say there's an increasing risk for workers. At least half of the staff members at federal safety agencies are furloughed, and many operations that normally keep workers safe on the job ha

Walmart is installing solar power generating systems in several locations in California and Arizona. The majority of these sites will utilize thin film panels as seen on this Mountain View, Calif. store.  Image courtesy of Walmart

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - It isn't often that the Sierra Club and Walmart are on the same side of an environmental issue, but that is the case with President Obama's announcement to step up the nation's fight against carbon pollution and address climate change. Some Arkansas congressmen who disagree with

PHOTO: The Flint Creek Power Plant is at the heart of a controversy: Update it to meet more stringent air pollution standards, or retire it and focus on other forms of energy in Arkansas? Photo courtesy of SWEPCO.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The Arkansas Public Service Commission (PSC) has a big decision to make about the future of the Flint Creek Power Plant and the power bills of those who might have to pay for upgrading SWEPCO's 35-year-old coal plant in northwest Arkansas. The facility will not be in compliance w

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