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PNS Daily News - June 28, 2017 


Here’s a look at what’s making headlines: Republicans scramble after a vote on health care delayed; a Clean Water Rule repeal comes under scrutiny; and a chemical in a common weed killer declared a carcinogen by California.

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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

Longwall mining beneath streams can drain water through cracks in the streambed. (Lock the Gate Alliance/Flickr)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – The state Senate this week passed a bill that would allow a mining company to knowingly damage streams. Senate Bill 624 creates an exemption to an 80-year-old law protecting streams and water supplies. Environmental groups vigorously opposed the bill. According to Joanne Ki

Long-wall coal mines can drain the water from streams on the ground above. (Helen Simonsson/Flickr)

HARRISBURG, Penn. -- Environmental advocates want state lawmakers to reject a bill they say would create a loophole in Pennsylvania's Clean Streams Law. Senate Bill 624 would let the coal industry sidestep existing laws prohibiting projects that cause damage to streams by promising to fix them lat

Leaks, venting and flaring on federal lands releases 110 billion cubic feet of gas a year. (Tim Evanson/Flickr)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – The U.S. Senate on Wednesday narrowly rejected an attempt to overturn a rule meant to stop the release of billions of cubic feet of natural gas into the environment. Three Republicans joined all 46 Senate Democrats and two independents in rejecting the resolution to throw out

Pennsylvania has fallen far behind other states in cleaning up water flowing into Chesapeake Bay. (Jakec/Wikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Clean-water advocates say Gov. Tom Wolf's proposed $32.3 billion state budget doesn't have the funds to meet the state's critical clean-water commitments. The Department of Environmental Protection has already said Pennsylvania won't meet the pollution-reduction goals in its

Federal leases account for about 40 percent of coal mined in the United States. (Greg Goebel/Wikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A new report acknowledges that coal mined on public land accounts for 11 percent of all U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. A year ago the Obama administration halted new leases for coal mining on public land as it conducted a review of the leasing program. According Jenny Har

The new alternate PennEast Pipeline route would require two additional Delaware River crossings. (Andy Arthur/Flickr)

UPPER BLACK EDDY, Pa. – Environmentalists are holding a public forum in Upper Black Eddy tonight on a proposed alternate route for the PennEast Pipeline. The proposal would add two more Delaware River crossings and shift a greater portion of the pipeline route to the Pennsylvania side of the

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