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PNS Daily Newscast - April 27, 2017 


On today’s nationwide rundown; President Trump reveals an outline for tax reform; we take a look at the cost to consumers on the latest version of the GOP’s American Health Care Act; and why the food industry wants to put nutrition information on the back burner.

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Public News Service - NM: Energy Policy

Air quality in New Mexico is an increasing concern, with seven towns or cities measuring elevated smog pollution levels for more than 50 days during 2015. (Creative Commons/Wikimedia)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- A new report released by Environment New Mexico shows a continuing health threat from air pollution. The report said Albuquerque had 113 days of elevated smog pollution in 2015, ranking that city 22nd-highest in the nation for the number of smoggy days. Farmington and Las Cru

Plugging natural-gas leaks is providing more jobs for New Mexicans, along with protecting the environment. (Creative Commons/Wikimedia)

SANTA FE, N.M. - A new report shows a booming business in stopping leaks in natural-gas pipelines across the country. While cleaner air is good news for the environment in New Mexico, it might be just as big a boon to the job market, since these companies are hiring workers to perform methane mitig

One New Mexico group says President Trump's executive order to dismantle some environmental protections could prompt local communities to do their own clean-energy work. (Creative Commons/Pixabay)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – President Donald Trump signed an executive order to undo the Clean Power Plan yesterday, an Environmental Protection Agency plan that aimed to have New Mexico getting at least 20 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2020. The clean-energy sector has provided 9,

New Mexico conservationists are worried about taking public lands out of public hands. (Creative Commons/Flikr)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – About 30 percent of New Mexico state trust lands have been sold over the years, and a new report shows why that long-term trend is a concern for sportsmen and conservation groups. The Wilderness Society report says privatization means when people go hunting, fishing, hiking

Navajo leaders want the BLM to halt new exploration near Chaco Culture National Historic Park until an environmental study is done. (National Park Service)

SANTA FE, N.M. – Navajo leaders are expected to speak today at a committee hearing at the Roundhouse on oil and gas drilling near Chaco Culture National Historical Park. They support an advisory measure before the House Committee on Energy, Environment and Natural Resources that would ask the

NASA graphics show a methane gas cloud hovering over the Four Corners area. Today, the U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to kill a federal rule meant to reduce methane pollution. (NASA)

SANTA FE, N.M. - The U.S. House of Representatives today is slated to repeal the Bureau of Land Management's Methane Waste Rule, which requires drilling companies to capture excess methane at oil and gas wells on public land rather than burn or vent it into the atmosphere. The Obama-era rule went i

Energy from the coal-fired San Juan Generating Station is at the center of a case before the New Mexico Supreme Court tomorrow. (Wild Earth Guardians via Flickr)

SANTA FE, N.M. – The state Supreme Court will hear a case tomorrow pitting renewable-energy advocates against the Public Regulation Commission (PRC) and PNM, the state's biggest utility. At issue is whether the PRC was right to grant PNM permission to buy more coal and nuclear power versus in

Faith leaders across the Southwest are praising the administration's new rules limiting the burning, venting or leaking of methane gas. (Environmental Defense Fund)

SANTE FE, N.M. – More than two dozen faith leaders from New Mexico and across the Southwest released a letter today thanking President Obama and U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell for putting new controls on the release of natural gas at oil and gas well sites. The Bureau of Land Managemen

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