PNS Daily Newscast - March 22, 2018 

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Public News Service - NV: Environment

Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada is one of hundreds of sites that have benefited from Land and Water Conservation Funds over the years. (Wikimedia Commons)

CARSON CITY, Nev. — Outdoor recreation groups are slamming President Donald Trump's new budget proposal because it slashes the Land and Water Conservation Fund by 98 percent. That fund is fed by hundreds of millions of dollars per year in revenues from offshore oil and gas drilling, money th

The fund that helped expand Red Rock National Conservation Area would be emptied as part of President Donald Trump's new budget proposal. (kconnors/morguefile)

CARSON CITY, Nev. – Both of Nevada's U.S. senators are joining conservation groups to fight a provision in President Donald Trump's 2019 budget proposal that would drain $230 million from a fund that helps acquire new lands for public benefit. The budget would clear out any unspent funds in

Nevada progressives gathered in Las Vegas to watch the State of the Union address. (Will Pregman)

CARSON CITY, Nev. – Nevada progressive groups say they're disappointed in President Donald Trump's State of the Union speech Tuesday night. Although he offered general support for fighting opioid addiction, getting felons back to work and lowering prescription drug prices, Trump continued hi

The zero-waste movement encourages consumers to avoid individually wrapped items. (Dodgerton Skillhause/Morguefile)

RENO, Nev. -- Statistics show the average Nevadan creates more than 38 tons of trash each year. And now students at the University of Nevada-Reno are joining in a global movement to create a world without waste. They held a workshop on sustainability this weekend to get people thinking about how t

Coal-fired power plants like this one near Page, Ariz., are blamed for about a third of the nation's greenhouse-gas emissions. (ES3N/iStockphotos)

LAS VEGAS – EPA chief Scott Pruitt is signing a proposal today to rescind the Clean Power Plan - a centerpiece of President Obama's effort to combat climate change. The plan would have forced coal-fired power plants to cut carbon emissions significantly and was a big part of the United States'

Advocates fear that EPA budget cuts would result in more

CARSON CITY, Nev. – The quality of Nevada's air and water would diminish - if President Trump's proposed 30-percent cut to the EPA's budget is approved. That's according to a new report from the Environmental Defense Fund. Researchers found that over the past five years, Nevada has received

The EPA safety standard calls for the proposed Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Depository to verify it will protect against radiation for one million years. (State of Nevada)

NYE COUNTY, Nev. – Nevada conservation groups are slamming a move by the Trump administration this week to spend $110,000 to start the process of licensing a nuclear-waste repository at Yucca Mountain. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will now start gathering documents and plans that go bac

Carson River is one of Nevada's two Superfund sites whose cleanup is funded and managed by the EPA. (Castlelass/Morguefile)

RENO, Nev. -- The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to start the process to rescind multiple environmental protections on Wednesday - the deadline under a review ordered by President Donald Trump. The agency hasn't announced its plans or even held a public hearing, so conservation groups a

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