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PNS Daily Newscast - July 27, 2017 


In focus on our nationwide rundown; the Pentagon still trying to figure out how to respond to the latest Trump tweet to ban transgender Americans from serving in the armed forces; updates on the Affordable Care Act and state worker contracts, plus Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke heads to New Mexico to review another national monument.

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Public News Service - PA: Environment

The Susquehanna River is the source of drinking water for 6 million people. (Joseph E. B. Elliot/Wikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The Brunner Island power plant must stop contaminating the Susquehanna River, according to a message delivered by local residents to the Department of Environmental Protection. A hearing Monday evening marked the close of the public comment period on a draft water permit that woul

Environmental groups have documented 61 spills in two months associated with construction of the Mariner East 2 pipeline project. (Clean Air Council)

PHILADELPHIA – Environmental groups say drilling for the construction of Sunoco's Mariner East Two pipeline has contaminated wells, and they want it stopped. Three organizations have filed papers with the Environmental Hearing Board, asking it to declare that water permits allowing horizonta

Chlorpyrifos is used on corn, wheat, apples, citrus, strawberries and other foods. (USDA)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A federal appeals court has refused to order the Environmental Protection Agency to decide if it will ban a pesticide linked to brain damage in children. Late last year the EPA said exposure to chlorpyrifos, a pesticide related to Sarin nerve gas, put children, farm workers

About 4 million people visit the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area every year. (James Hicks/NPS)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Public lands, national parks and monuments add billions of dollars to the economy and create thousands of jobs in Pennsylvania, according to a recent analysis. Saying their size and number interfere with development, the Trump administration ordered a review of 27 national

Industry data shows methane emissions in Pennsylvania increased 28 percent between 2014 and 2015. (Ruhrfisch/Wikimedia Commons)

PITTSBURGH – Pennsylvania parents presented testimony at a public hearing in Washington D.C. on Monday on the EPA's proposal to suspend a rule regulating methane leaks. Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas and leaks also include carcinogenic chemicals such as benzene and asthma-inducing vola

Drinking water for 63 percent of Pennsylvanians comes from sources that rely on small streams. (Nicholas A. Tonelli/Wikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The Trump administration has proposed repealing the Clean Water Rule, which protects the drinking water of one in three Americans. Enacted in 2015, the rule clarifies protections for headwaters, rain-fed and seasonal streams, and protects wetlands that are essential fish and wildl

Pennsylvania is missing goals for reducing agricultural nitrogen and phosphorus pollution. (Dincher/Wikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Chesapeake Bay is getting cleaner, but Pennsylvania is falling significantly short of meeting some of its goals for reducing pollution flowing into the bay. Under the Chesapeake Bay Clean Water Blueprint, watershed states are required to implement 60 percent of practices to

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled the state must act at all times as a trustee of public natural resources. (Nicholas A. Tonelli/Flickr)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Environmental advocates are calling a ruling by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court a landmark decision for public natural resources. The ruling came in a case challenging the use of proceeds from oil and gas leases on public lands for anything other than environmental preservat

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