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PNS Weekend Newscast - August 19th, 2017 


Here's what we're covering: President Trump got rid of his campaign adviser, health experts are looking into who would be hurt most from climate change, and kids in one state are getting more help dealing with trauma.

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Public News Service - NY: Environmental Justice

Highly radioactive fuel rods currently are stored on site in spent fuel pools or dry cask storage. (NRC)

NEW YORK – A bill reviving plans to ship thousands of tons of highly radioactive waste thousands of miles by road, rail and barge may come up for a vote in the House this month. HR 3053 passed the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee last week, breathing new life into cancelled plans for a

The EPA’s Superfund could be cut, leaving sites in New York still awaiting cleanup. (Peak Player/Wikimedia Commons)

ALBANY, N.Y. – More than 100 New York organizations have launched a Campaign to Save the EPA. Environmentalists, doctors, public health and civic groups from across the state have joined together to educate and mobilize New Yorkers. Peter Iwanowicz, executive director of the group Environmen

Low-income communities of color largely have been shut out of advances in clean energy technology. (brian kusler/Flickr)

NEW YORK – Consumer advocates have renewed their call for a people's commissioner to serve on the state's Public Service Commission. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has chosen nominees for two of the three vacant seats on the PSC: John Rhodes, the current head of the New York State Energy Research and Dev

Victims of Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Irene urge passage of the Climate and Community Protection Act. (Travis Proulx)

NEW YORK – New Yorkers affected by climate change were in Albany this week, calling on state legislators to turn the state's clean energy goals into law. People from across the state gathered in the capital to urge passage of the Climate and Community Protection Act, or CCPA. Dan Sherrell,

President Donald Trump insists the Paris Climate Agreement will hurt the U.S. economy. (whiteHouse.gov)

NEW YORK – President Donald Trump's announcement that he will withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement has drawn sharp criticism from scientists and environmentalists. The announcement wasn't a surprise. Trump frequently derided the agreement as a "job killer" during his p

Advocates at the State Capitol displayed a mosaic of New Yorkers who want “people’s commissioners” on the Public Service Commission. (K. Roache)<br />

ALBANY, N.Y. – The people need a voice on the Public Service Commission. That's the message community leaders delivered to Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday. Three of the five seats on the powerful Public Service Commission are vacant, and they're usually filled with people who represent the needs

Community solar can help low-income New Yorkers get all the benefits of clean energy. (Andrewglaser/English Wikipedia)

ALBANY, N.Y. – Environmental advocates want money from state climate pollution reduction efforts to fund direct grants for community solar. The state Assembly's budget bill would dedicate $23 million collected through the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, or RGGI for grants to bring solar

The Climate and Community Protection Act called for 100 percent renewable energy in the state of New York by 2050. (Kenueone/pixabay.com)

NEW YORK -- The state budget must fight climate change and create green jobs - that's the message labor union leaders are sending to Gov. Andrew Cuomo. With the Trump administration rolling back federal programs to combat climate change, leaders of a half dozen labor unions have written a letter t

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