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PNS Daily Newscast - November 17, 2017 


The Keystone oil pipeline spills big time in South Dakota; a look at the GOP tax plan and it’s impact on the most vulnerable Americans; and renewed hope for Maine’s Katahdin Woods and Waters national monument.

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Public News Service - IL: Environment

Critics say fracking leaves White County vulnerable because of high levels of naturally occurring radioactivity and seismic activity. (il.gov)

WHITE COUNTY, Ill. -- High volume fracking has come to Illinois, and environmental groups are gearing up for a battle. Late last week, the state Department of Natural Resources granted Kansas-based Woolsey Companies a permit to begin fracking at a site in White County, despite cries from environme

Carbon dioxide strips nutrients out of wheat, rice, peas and other crops. (usda.gov)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- A report that looks in depth at how climate change is robbing crops of nutrition says there will be more hungry people and more suffering due to vitamin deficiencies. Samuel Myers, an environmental health researcher at Harvard's School of Public Health, conducted a study in 20

Legislation in the U.S. House could mean more radioactive material moving through Illinois. (illinois.gov)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Environmental groups have a warning for the nation's leaders: Haste will make more waste. A House vote could come as soon as this week on legislation known as the "Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 2017." The bill would mean building more temporary storage facilities around

A new book calls for planners to think ahead about where solar and wind farms will go. (energy.gov)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – As more Americans realize the need to transition from fossil fuel to renewable energy, there's a need to plan those changes carefully or environmentalists say we're just trading one problem for another. Joe Kiesecker, the lead scientist for the Nature Conservancy's Global

Energy harnessed from the sun is growing in popularity in Illinois. (ruralsolarstories.org)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Despite some setbacks on the national level when it comes to clean, renewable energy, Illinois is moving forward in the solar and wind sector. The Future Energy Jobs bill was signed into law late last year, and it requires the state to have at least an additional 3,000 me

Many roads and bridges in Illinois and across the nation aren't as safe as they could be, but will money be allocated to fix them? (idot.gov)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – While Illinois lawmakers continue to grapple with how to balance an overdue budget, they're being urged to keep the safety of the state's roads and bridges in mind. According to the latest report card by the American Society of Civil Engineers, there's a lot of work to be

Attention is being drawn to a precious commodity to many across the globe: water. (bloodwater.org)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Wednesday is World Water Day, and Illinoisans are being asked to step up conservation to help people in this country and all over the world. According to the U.N, there are more than 663 million people living without a safe water supply close to home. Although it's not

A new report gives Illinois a 'D' grade for efforts to reduce lead in drinking water, although recent actions have been taken. (dmsschools.org)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – In the wake of the water crisis in Flint, Mich., a new report says lead in schools' drinking water is a pervasive problem – and it gives Illinois a 'D' grade for policies to address the issue. The Environment America Research and Policy Center and the U.S. Public In

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