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PNS Daily News - July 26, 2017 


Here’s a look at some of our stories: 20 hours of Senate legislative debate could mean the end of Obamacare; the Justice Department once again takes aim at sanctuary cities; and a push for equality as landmark legislation marks a milestone.

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Public News Service - NY: Toxics

After years of dredging, Hudson River sediment still is contaminated with PCBs. (Peretz Partensky/Wikimedia Commons)

NEW YORK - The cleanup isn't over until human health is protected. That's the message environmental groups want the Environmental Protection Agency to hear about General Electric's remediation of the Hudson River. The groups are to hold a public workshop and rally this evening in Saratoga Springs,

PFOA was first detected in Hoosick Falls' drinking water in 2014. (Doug Kerr/Flickr)

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. – Residents of Hoosick Falls are on edge after new tests found extremely high levels of a toxic chemical. Elevated levels of perfluorooctanoic acid or (PFOA), a chemical linked to cancer, were found in Hoosick Falls' drinking water three years ago. Now results from new

New York's plan limits emissions from new and existing oil and gas infrastructure. (Roy Luck/Flickr)

ALBANY, N.Y. – New York state has taken a major step forward in the fight against climate change with a new program to reduce methane emissions. Methane is the main component of natural gas. It leaks from pipelines and other gas infrastructure, and large amounts are generated by decomposing

The order requires regulations to only consider cost, not the value of protections. (CGP Grey /flickr.com )

NEW YORK – Public-interest law, environmental and labor groups are suing to stop the Trump administration's executive order to cut government regulations. The order, signed January 30th, requires federal agencies to eliminate two existing regulations for every new one enacted. New regulation

Cuomo is calling for 2,400 megawatts of offshore wind power by 2030. (NHD-INFO/Wikimedia Commons)

ALBANY, N.Y. – Gov. Andrew Cuomo is getting high praise for his support of offshore wind farms, but some environmental groups say he could do more. In his series of >State of the State reports delivered around New York, the governor has called for approval of a 90-megawatt wind farm off Long

Constructed wetlands are an efficient and economical way to treat wastewater. (Lloyd roz /Wikimedia Commons)

COLD SPRING HARBOR, N.Y. – Grant money and matching funds totaling almost $260,000 will fund a demonstration project using plant life to treat waste water on Long Island. The project is designed to show that a natural alternative to traditional waste treatment in cesspools can effectively remo

Waste water from fracking contains so much salt that it is sometimes spread on roads as a deicer. (Z22/Wikimedia Commons)

ALBANY, N. Y. – State legislators are calling on the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to close a loophole in waste regulations and ban the disposal of fracking waste in the state. New York State banned fracking last year, but solid and liquid fracking waste from out of state is

The FitzPatrick nuclear power reactor is the same design as the Fukushima reactors. (USNRC)

NEW YORK – Exelon has agreed to buy the failing FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant in upstate New York, but consumers are getting stuck with a huge bill. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the sale on Tuesday. The money losing facility sold for just $110 million. But to close the deal, and to keep t

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