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PNS Daily News - April 25, 2017 


Today’s rundown includes a variety of topics including: the White House might consider a border wall compromise to avoid a government shutdown: Pennsylvania lawmakers consider denying the public access to police cam video; and a look at the important role DNA plays in our lives.

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Public News Service - CA: Toxics

Multiple oil refineries on the California coast contribute to the state's persistent air-quality problems. (Thomas Hawk)

LOS ANGELES - Southern California has long been plagued with dirty air - so dirty that clean-air advocates claim the entire South Coast basin has never been in full compliance with the federal Clean Air Act. But today, the South Coast Air Quality Management District is to vote on developing a long-t

Even small bits of plastic bags can get trapped in a turtle's stomach, causing an untimely death. <br />(NOAA)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California voters soon will decide if the state's ban on plastic shopping bags will stay or blow in the wind. The 2014 ban is on hold pending the outcome of Proposition 67, a simple referendum asking voters to decide whether or not to uphold the ban. Then there's Proposit

Aliso Canyon has not yet reopened, and there are concerns about possible blackouts. (Environmental Defense Fund)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – It's been a year now since methane was discovered flowing out of the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage field, a leak that took nearly four months to stop. And environmental groups are taking stock of the efforts made to fix the problem and prevent future blowouts. Tim O

Farmworker advocates are petitioning the EPA to ban the use of a widely used toxic pesticide in the fields.(Wasan Gredpee/iStockphoto)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Advocates say the nation's two million farmworkers deserve a safe place to work, free of hazardous chemicals, so they petitioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Wednesday to ban the use of a toxic pesticide called chlorpyrifos. The feds banned home uses of the

Protesters demonstrate against the proposed Puente Project power plant in Oxnard earlier this year.(Rene Garcia)

OXNARD, Calif. - A proposed new natural-gas power plant in Southern California will face concerted opposition at the Coastal Commission meeting this week. On Friday, members will consider a recommendation by staff that the Puente Project be relocated away from the site chosen by the company, NRG, in

A new report links emissions from oil and gas facilities to asthma. (zhengzhaishuru/iStockphoto)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Air pollution from oil and gas facilities in California will cause children an extra 12,000 summertime asthma attacks in 2025 according to a new study from the Clean Air Task Force. Researchers for the "Gasping for Breath" report looked at the EPA's emissions projections

An infrared image showing the gas leak in Aliso Canyon, last fall. (Environmental Defense Fund)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Regulators with the California Air Resources Board (ARB) at a hearing on Thursday removed a major loophole from proposed new rules on oil and natural gas facilities, in an effort to prevent another disaster like the massive gas leak at Aliso Canyon last fall. The proposed rules

The public comment period ends today on new rules that would affect safety and inspection of natural-gas pipelines. (Environmental Defense Fund)
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Today is the last day to put in your two cents about new regulations on gas pipelines, designed to prevent disasters like the fiery explosion that killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes in the Bay Area town of San Bruno, six years ago. The public-comment period ends today fo

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