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PNS Daily Newscast - October 20, 2017 


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Public News Service - MT: Energy Policy

Conservationists worry places like the Blackfoot Valley, above, and recreation in the area would be threatened by climate change without the Clean Power Plan. (Bureau of Land Management/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. – The Trump administration has announced it's rolling back one of the strongest safeguards against climate change. The Clean Power Plan set federal limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants, in turn encouraging clean energy development. The EPA does not yet have a rep

Rancher Seth Newton has been concerned for years about a radioactive oil waste facility upstream from his property. (Northern Plains Resource Council)

HELENA, Mont. – After more than four years of urging, the Montana Department of Environmental Quality has released draft rules to oversee the disposal of radioactive oil waste in the state. Since 2013, the Oaks Disposal facility near Glendive has been the destination for more than 250,000 to

A new bill would protect 30,000 acres in Custer-Gallatin National Forest, near Yellowstone National Park, from mining. (Michael Barton/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. – Efforts to protect the area surrounding the gateway to Yellowstone National Park in Montana reached the Senate in Washington D.C. on Wednesday. The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held a hearing on Sen. Jon Tester's Yellowstone Gateway Protection Act. The bill p

Last year, Glacier National Park experienced record high attendance. (Wesley Fryer/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. – National parks in Montana and across the country expect big crowds as Americans celebrate the Fourth of July and summer rolls on. But public-lands advocates are concerned about the combination of park maintenance backlogs that now total more than $11 billion - and plans to sl

Montana Conservation Voters assessed state lawmakers' records this session on issues such as public lands policy. (Deja Elder/Montana Conservation Voters)

HELENA, Mont. – With another session in the books, marks for Montana state lawmakers on conservation are in. Montana Conservation Voters has released a comprehensive scorecard of legislators' voting records in the 2017 session. It covers issues of public lands, clean energy and water policy.

An oil spill on the Yellowstone River in 2011. Conservation groups are concerned another spill will happen if the Keystone XL pipeline is built. (David Rouse/USFWS)

GREAT FALLS, Mont. - A conservation group in Montana on Thursday filed a lawsuit challenging the Keystone XL Pipeline, which would travel through the state and across two of its major rivers. The Trump administration approved the pipeline last week based on a 2014 Environmental Impact Statement, wh

The coal-fired power plant in Colstrip supplies energy for West Coast utility companies and is scheduled to close by 2022. (Spot Us/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. - A bill that would require utility companies to pay for closing the Colstrip power plant could come at the cost of future investment in renewable energy, according to critics of the state legislation. Senate Bill 338 would make Puget Sound Energy and Talen Energy, owners of the two o

A new environmental scorecard shows a big difference in priorities for Montana's congressional delegation. (Pat Fosse/BLM)

BILLINGS, Mont. -- The Montana congressional delegation's grades were high and low without much in between on a new national environmental scorecard unveiled by Montana Conservation Voters Friday. The scoring was based on legislative votes on environment, energy and public health issues in 2016. D

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