PNS Daily News - June 28, 2017 

Here’s a look at what’s making headlines: Republicans scramble after a vote on health care delayed; a Clean Water Rule repeal comes under scrutiny; and a chemical in a common weed killer declared a carcinogen by California.

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The case against a proposed mine that would unearth the metal molybdenum goes to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals today. (andriano_cz/iStockphoto)

EUREKA, Nev. – The battle to stop the proposed Eureka mine at Mount Hope, Nevada, moves to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco today. Attorneys for the Western Mining Action Project will ask the three-judge panel to overturn a Reno federal district court's ruling that upheld t

Well pads dot the landscape at the Jonah oil and gas fields in Wyoming. (Bruce Gordon/EcoFlight)

CARSON CITY, Nev. – In a blow to the Obama administration's environmental agenda, a federal judge has struck down the Bureau of Land Management's fracking rules, saying that the president overstepped his authority. The judge ruled late Tuesday that the agency needs permission from Congress to

This Earth Day and advocates are pressing for federal protection for Gold Butte. (Friends of Gold Butte)

LAS VEGAS – Today is Earth Day, time for Nevadans to celebrate the natural world. This weekend, thousands are expected to pack celebrations across the state. Greenfest Las Vegas is being held Saturday in downtown Summerlin. Reno's Earth Day party takes place on Sunday in Idlewild Park. J

A new report from the CDC says drug overdose deaths were down 12.8 percent in 2014, contrary to the national trend. (Dodgerton Skillhause/morguefile)

LAS VEGAS - Drug overdoses were down in Nevada by almost 13 percent in 2014. It's the second biggest drop in the country, at a time when many states are seeing major increases according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The report said since 2000, the rate

PHOTO: Delivery of electricity to homes and businesses in Nevada is expected to remain stable as the state moves toward compliance with the EPA's Clean Power Plan, according to a new report. Photo courtesy U.S. Geological Survey.

CARSON CITY, Nev. – The reliability of electricity in Nevada and across the nation is not threatened as states move to comply with the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan, according to a

PHOTO: Nevadans are being encouraged to test for the potentially deadly radon gas, which research shows is at an unsafe level in one in four homes in the Silver State. Photo courtesy of the University of Nevada-Reno.

CARSON CITY, Nev. – Deadly radon gas is found at an unsafe level in one in four Nevada homes, but residents can get a free test kit that could end up saving a life, according to Jamie Roice-Gomes, radon education coordinator at the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension. Roice-Gomes poin

PHOTO: The Center for Biological Diversity says its formal protest filed with the Bureau of Land Management over possible fracking in the state paves the way for future legal action. Photo credit: Montana Dept. of Natural Resources and Conservation.

CARSON CITY, Nev. – An effort to prevent "fracking" for natural gas in Nevada is at the heart of a conservation group's objection to a government sale of oil and gas leases. Rob Mrowka, senior scientist with the Center for Biological Diversity, says his group has filed a formal protest with t

PHOTO: One of the world's biggest titanium manufactures is facing a record penalty from the EPA for storing PCB-contaminated waste at its plant in southern Nevada. Photo courtesy EPA.

HENDERSON, Nev. – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has fined a Nevada company a record $13.75 million for PCB contamination. Jared Blumenfeld, EPA regional administrator, says Titanium Metals Corporation also will have to clean up and remove about 84,000 pounds of polychlorinated bip

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