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PNS Weekend Newscast - March 25th, 2017 


Here's a look at the news we're covering:  A big blow to the GOP and President Trump when the plan to replace Obama Care fails,  A couple of new reports out on the state of water in the U.S show work needs to be done and budget cuts in one state are threatening those who are most vulnerable. 

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Public News Service - NY: Water

With 1,700 miles of coastline, water clarity affects the value of many Long Island homes. (Doug Kerr/flickr.com)

EAST HAMPTON, N.Y. – A new survey shows that improving water quality not only helps the environment, it raises property values too. Most of the water pollution problems on Long Island are from on-site residential waste disposal systems such as septic tanks and cesspools. The study, conducted

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

Hoosick Falls resident Ashlynn Sagendorf has a PFOA level of 31. The national average is 2. (EANY/EffectiveNY)

ALBANY, N.Y. - New Yorkers have a right to clean water, clean air and a safe climate, according to the message of a new advertising campaign launched this week. The groups Environmental Advocates of New York and Effective NY have joined forces to push for amending the state constitution to include a

The Atlantic canyons are considered hotspots of biodiversity. (tpsdave/Pixabay)

NEW YORK — President Obama has designated hundreds of millions of acres of federally-owned Atlantic and Arctic waters off-limits to oil and gas leasing. Citing the extreme difficulty of cleaning up oil spills in the Arctic, the White House announcement, issued late Tuesday, protects large po

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

State officials say General Electric's $1.6 billion cleanup of the Hudson River has not lowered PCBs to safe levels. (Peretz Partensky/Wikimedia Commons)

ALBANY, N.Y. - State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has told the Environmental Protection Agency that it cannot legally certify that General Electric has completed its cleanup of PCBs in the Hudson River. In a letter to the EPA regional administrator, Schneiderman said the agency hasn't proved

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

Tests of Hoosick Falls water found the chemical PFOA at concentrations far above EPA safe levels. (Michelle Baker)

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. – Residents of Hoosick Falls want those who allegedly contaminated their drinking water to be subpoenaed to testify at legislative water safety hearings this week. Officials from Saint-Gobain and Honeywell, the companies blamed for a chemical known as PFOA in the water, w

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