PNS Daily News - March 29, 2017 

Here’s a look at what’s making news today: Trump follows through on promises to dismantle climate policies; the head of the White House-Russia investigation says he won’t step down; and coast-to-coast opposition grows to Session’s sanctuary cities stance.

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The Sierra Club survey found about 3.2 gas leaks per road mile in Hartford. (Sage Ross/Wikimedia Commons)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Connecticut ratepayers are footing the bill for natural-gas leaks statewide, according to a new report. Using sensitive equipment, a study commissioned by the Sierra Club found that about 43,000 cubic feet of gas per day is leaking into the air in Hartford alone. According

The EPA is scheduled to update regulations for copper and lead in drinking water this year. (Meir Roth/Pexels)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Environmental advocates say a new executive order issued by President Trump threatens clean air and water safeguards and puts communities at risk. It's called the Presidential Executive Order on Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs. But according to Martin Ha

A new report confirms that capping carbon spurs investment in renewables and energy efficiency. (Digitalpilgrim/Wikimedia Commons)

HARTFORD, Conn. - The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, or RGGI, continues to make real progress in reducing carbon emissions. A new status report from the Acadia Center finds the nine cooperating Northeast and mid-Atlantic states, including New York, are reaping benefits on multiple fronts. Pet

Expanding existing energy efficiency and renewables policies would help Connecticut reach target reductions in greenhouse gases. (SayCheeeeeese/Wikimedia Commons)

HARTFORD, Conn. - Greenhouse gas emissions are increasing in Connecticut, putting state-mandated reduction targets at risk. The state is legally required to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 10 percent below 1990 levels by the year 2020. But new analysis by the Acadia Center shows the state's tota

Shannon Laun, an attorney with the Connecticut Fund for the Environment, speaks at a news conference this week in opposition to the diversion of RGGI funds. (CT Fund for the Environment)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Gov. Dannel Malloy wants to restore money for renewable-energy programs in the state budget. In its efforts to close the budget gap, the General Assembly's Finance Committee proposed taking $22 million from Connecticut's participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative an

Congress held a record number of environmental votes in 2015. (U.S. Capitol/Wikimedia Commons)

HARTFORD, Conn. - Connecticut's U.S. senators and representatives worked hard to protect the environment last year. It was a tough year in Washington, D.C., with environmental laws such as the Clean Air and Endangered Species acts under attack in a record number of legislative challenges. But Lori

Natural-gas pipeline construction is booming across Connecticut. Credit: Sierra Club Connecticut

HARTFORD, Conn. - Environmental groups will rally in Hartford on Saturday, asking Gov. Dannel Malloy to invest in clean energy, not gas pipelines. With the boom in natural-gas production, major new pipelines are being built in Connecticut to carry gas to consumers and for export. But according to M

Environmentalists say methane leaks at every step from drilling to the power plant. Credit: Tim Evanson/

OXFORD, Conn. - Protesters gathered in Oxford on Thursday night to tell state regulators that a proposed gas-fired power plant is unnecessary and a danger to the environment. The protest came just before a public hearing held by the state's Department of Energy and Environmental Protection on requi

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