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PNS Daily News - September 26, 2017 


Today’s news focuses on several issues including: a third Republican opposing the latest Obamacare repeal effort; a look at the safety of personal information on this Voter Registration Day; and U.S. crime still historically low despite a recent rise.

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Public News Service - NY: Energy Policy

The report recommends the U.S. EPA ease permitting requirements for new investments in coal-fired plants. (PublicDomainPictures/Pixabay)

NEW YORK – The U.S. Department of Energy has released its study of the electric grid's reliability, but some environmental groups maintain it isn't worth the paper it's printed on. The study concludes that cheap natural gas is the main reason for the decline of coal and nuclear power. But

The new cap on power-plant emissions will be 65 percent below 2009 levels by 2030. (MonikaP/Pixabay)

ALBANY, N.Y. – The nine-state Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative is proposing lowering the cap on power plant emissions even further. Since it was created in 2005, the multi-state carbon cap-and-trade agreement, known as RGGI, has helped cut emissions from affected power plants in New York i

The Constitution Pipeline would have crossed trout streams, old-growth forest and undisturbed springs. (lkk09210/Pixabay)

NEW YORK – A federal appeals court has dismissed a challenge to New York State's denial of a water-quality permit for the Constitution Pipeline. The 124-mile natural-gas pipeline had received approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission or FERC. But under section 401 of the Clean W

Environmental groups say pipelines have the potential to leak toxic fumes and methane from the wells to the power plant. (John S. Quarterman/Flickr)

NEW YORK - Environmental groups are hoping their testimony at a public hearing in Middletown this evening will stop construction of a pipeline needed to fuel a gas-fired power plant. Critics of the 650-megawatt plant say it will commit the state to a future of toxic emissions, methane leaks and fra

The Delaware River provides drinking water to more than 17 million people. (Daniel Case/Wikimedia Commons)

NEW YORK – Environmental groups are visiting Harrisburg and three other state capitals this week to deliver a petition calling for a ban on fracking in the Delaware River Basin. The governors of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware plus the Army Corps of Engineers make up the Dela

The Water Walk for Life will travel 170 miles in 13 days, following the proposed pipeline route. (Andy Cross)

NEW YORK -- On Saturday, a Buddhist nun will begin a 13-day, 170-mile Water Walk for Life to protest a proposed dual pipeline from Albany to New Jersey. Jun Yasuda, a world renowned environmental and human rights activist, will be leading the walk. According to George Cho, a spokesman for Water Wa

Reducing ozone will require new sources to use the best emissions-control technology. (Ozzy Delaney/Flickr)

NEW YORK – A lawsuit filed Wednesday in Washington asks the federal courts to stop the Environmental Protection Agency’s delay in implementing revised smog standards. The EPA itself estimates that when communities meet the 2015 standards it will prevent 230,000 asthma attacks and 160,0

The Environmental Protection Agency suspended rules that limit pollution from new oil and gas facilities. (Scott L/Wikimedia Commons)

NEW YORK – A federal appeals court in Washington has dealt a blow to the Trump administration’s plans to roll back environmental regulations. Last month, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt imposed a 90-day moratorium on rules regulating emissions from new oil and gas wells, then proposed e

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