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PNS Daily Newscast - March 30, 2017 


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Public News Service - OH: Energy Policy

The Ohio House of Representatives could vote on a bill by the end of March that would dilute the state's clean-energy standards. (Alexander Smith/Wikimedia)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – With Ohio's Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Standards still thawing after a two-year freeze, there's another clash brewing over clean energy at the Statehouse. The House Public Utilities Committee held a hearing on Tuesday on House Bill 114. It would change the renewab

Thirteen public water systems were found to be within a half-mile of Class II waste disposal wells in Ohio. (FracTracker Alliance)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The importance of safe drinking water has become a pressing issue in recent years after lead contamination and algal blooms tainted supplies in Ohio. A new report sheds light on what some see as another possible threat: oil and gas drilling. Great Lakes program coordinator f

Scientists say global warming is causing climate changes that already are affecting Ohioans.  (Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Folks in the scientific community in Ohio and elsewhere are scratching their heads over comments made by the new head of the Environmental Protection Agency. Scott Pruitt, sworn in as EPA administrator just weeks ago, told reporters on Thursday that carbon dioxide is not a major so

Portions of the Clean Air Act could be eliminated under measures now being considered in Congress. (Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Health and environmental groups are speaking out about what they say are efforts by Congress behind closed doors to gut important public safeguards. The Midnight Rule Relief Act, which passed the House last week, could eliminate with a single vote any rule finalized in the l

The Ohio Senate could vote as early as Thursday on a bill making the state's clean-energy standards optional for the next three years. (Alexander Smith/Wikimedia)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – It doesn't make sense for business, employment or the climate - that's what opponents are saying about a measure under consideration by the Ohio Senate. House Bill 554 would make Ohio's renewable energy and energy-efficiency standards optional for the next three years, essen

A National Wildlife Federation report says climate change, spurred by methane emissions, is threatening some bats in Ohio. (Andrew King/USFWS)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Methane emissions from oil and gas production may be invisible, but a new report says the impacts on wildlife, health and Ohio's economy are not. Scientists say methane is the second leading cause of climate change, which the National Wildlife Federation report contends is p

The PUCO approved a First Energy rider for grid modernization that amounts to $204 million a year for three years. (Tom Taker/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Some Ohio consumer groups are speaking out over what they call a "corporate bailout" for First Energy. This week, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio approved a rate increase for First Energy that amounts to $204 million a year for three years. While First Energy said the

About 300 homes have already received energy-efficiency improvements as part of Weatherize Nelsonville. (COAD)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Some 340,000 Ohio households owe about $1,700 more in annual energy costs than they can afford, according to federal data on home-energy affordability gaps. During Energy Action Month in October, community organizations are educating Ohioans about Ohio's Home Weatherization

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