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PNS Daily Newscast - July 27, 2017 


In focus on our nationwide rundown; the Pentagon still trying to figure out how to respond to the latest Trump tweet to ban transgender Americans from serving in the armed forces; updates on the Affordable Care Act and state worker contracts, plus Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke heads to New Mexico to review another national monument.

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Public News Service - NM: Energy Policy

Environmental groups say they've waited three years for an update on a jet-fuel spill at Kirtland Air Force Base, and they were put off again this week. (Pixabay)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The cancellation of this week's meeting to update the public on progress at Kirtland Air Force Base on cleaning up a decades-old jet fuel leak has angered local environmental groups. Kirtland has said the meeting was canceled to allow the air base staff more time to review two m

A satellite photo shows the yellow and red

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The Environmental Protection Agency got some push-back from folks in New Mexico and other states at a hearing in the nation's capital on Monday. The agency wants to delay a new methane-emission rule for the oil and gas industry on federal land - although methane leaked at

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

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