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PNS Daily Newscast - August 17, 2017 


On our nationwide rundown; President Trump disbands two economic councils as CEO’s resign in protest; we will tell you why Iowa, like Trump, has bias issues; plus land trusts are a prime spot to view Monday’s solar eclipse.

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Public News Service - CO: Toxics

The ZIP code for neighborhoods surrounding the Suncor Refinery in Commerce City, 80216, was recently named the nation's most polluted. (Jeffrey Beall/Wikimedia Commons)

DENVER - Today is the final day for the public to weigh in on Suncor Energy's request to boost production and emissions at its Commerce City refinery. Hilda Nucete, organizing program director for the group Protégete: Our Air, Our Health, said Suncor has a history of violating air pollution st

Since Colorado put limits on methane waste at oil and gas sites in 2014, the state's energy production has increased. (Getty Images)

LAFAYETTE, Co. – The Trump administration's attempts to roll back clean-air protections were dealt a temporary setback last week in court, but the Environmental Protection Agency is forging ahead with plans to suspend a federal rule that limits methane pollution at new oil and gas sites for tw

The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to reverse pollution protections on 60 percent of U.S. streams and 20 million acres of wetlands, significant sources of drinking water. (Getty Images)

DENVER - The American public will have 30 days to comment on the Trump administration's plan to repeal and replace the 2015 Clean Water Rule, once it's published in the Federal Register. Jan Goldman-Carter, wetlands and water resources director for the National Wildlife Federation, said the move wo

Drought and warmer temperatures have been linked to an increase in the number and size of wildfires across western states. (Getty Images)

DENVER – The amount of air pollution released by forest fires is three times larger than previous EPA estimates, and particulates can have a long-lasting impact on climate - according to two new studies from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Greg Huey, a professor at Georgia Tech, says sm

New research shows going solar could turn a profit of as much as several million dollars per life saved from coal-related diseases. (Getty Images)

DENVER – Thousands of Americans die prematurely from air pollution-related diseases associated with burning coal, and a new study from Michigan Technological University says transitioning to solar would save more than 50,000 American lives each year. Joshua Pearce, the report's lead author,

Critics of the Regulatory Accountability Act say the bill's true purpose is to thwart consumer protections such as keeping lead out of drinking water. (Getty Images)

AURORA, Co. – A bill making its way through the U.S. Senate is being challenged by business leaders and consumer groups. Proponents say the Regulatory Accountability Act will ensure that health and environmental regulations are transparent and based on the best available science. Critics s

The fate of a rule that requires energy companies to capture gas wasted through leaks, venting and flaring on public land is being decided this week. (haymarketrebel/Flickr)

DENVER - The fate of a new rule aimed at reining in methane-gas pollution will soon be known. The U.S. Senate faces a Thursday deadline to vote on overturning the Bureau of Land Management's methane rule, using the Congressional Review Act. The federal rule is based on Colorado's 2014 rule targetin

National and state-based clean air policies, including reducing pollution from coal-fired power plants, are helping improve air quality in Colorado. (Pixabay)

DENVER -- Air quality in Colorado is getting better, according to the American Lung Association's latest report card. Last year, Denver was ranked eighth most ozone-polluted city nationally. Now it’s the 11th. Fort Collins also dropped from tenth to 15th. Dawn Mullally, director of air qua

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