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PNS Daily Newscast -May 25, 2017 


In focus on our nationwide rundown; a GOP candidate spends final night of his campaign allegedly “body slamming" a reporter; the CBO numbers are out and the latest version of the AHCA ends health coverage for 23 million Americans; and we take you to a township that aims to be carbon neutral by 2050.

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Public News Service - PA: Toxics

The 2008 Clean Indoor Air Act allows smoking in some bars and restaurants, private clubs and casinos. (DucDigital/Flickr)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A bill has been introduced to eliminate exemptions in Pennsylvania's Clean Indoor Air Law. Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death nationwide, and every year secondhand smoke kills about 42,000 non-smokers nationally. Pennsylvania spends more than $6.3 billion ann

Existing oil and gas infrastructure in Pennsylvania leaks more than 100,000 tons of air pollutants every year. (Jeremy Buckingham/Flickr)

PHILADELPHIA – It's time to keep your promise and stop the leaks. That's the message Pennsylvanians affected by oil and gas emissions are sending to Gov. Tom Wolf. Every year, the oil and gas industry in the state emits more than 100-thousand tons of toxic air pollution, including methane

Selenium from pollution released by the Brunner Island coal plant might explain tumors and lesions found on smallmouth bass in local waterways, environmental activists say. (Maxpixel)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Environmental groups want Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection to reconsider its draft water pollution permit for the Brunner Island coal-fired power plant. The latest draft permit, released Friday, would delay the plant's deadline to comply with disc

About 1.5 million Pennsylvanians live within half a mile of gas and oil infrastructure. (anita_starzycka/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Families and child health advocates were in Harrisburg on Wednesday to oppose legislation they say would end the state's ability to protect its citizens from pollution. Senate bill 175 would prohibit the state from passing any regulations on emissions from gas facilities that ar

DEP estimates the natural gas industry emitted 115,000 tons of methane in Pennsylvania in 2014.  (Ruhrfisch/Wikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Clean air advocates are concerned that a bill in the state Senate would undermine efforts to control a major contributor to climate change. Over a 20-year time period, methane, the main component of natural gas, is 86 times more potent than carbon dioxide as a greenhouse ga

Allegheny County fails to meet federal clean-air standards for smog. (Edlitwin/Wikimedia Commons)

PITTSBURGH - Nine environmental and health organizations are urging the quick finalization of an air pollution permit that would significantly reduce smog-forming emissions from the Cheswick power plant. More than a thousand community members signed a petition supporting the draft permit. According

People living near fracked gas wells are four times more likely to experience an asthma attack. (Kelly/ProtectOurChildren.org)

PHILADELPHIA - A coalition of organizations is helping parents learn about the hazards fracking may pose to children, and how to organize to protect their kids. Pennsylvania accounts for nearly 40 percent of the shale gas produced in the United States. Thousands of wells have been drilled, some clos

Allegheny County often violates federal standards for safe smog levels. (phillq23/Wikimedia Commons)

PITTSBURGH - A draft permit for the Cheswick coal-fired power plant in Allegheny County would require the plant to use pollution controls it installed years ago. The plant has had a full set of pollution controls since 2010, and controls for smog-forming nitrogen oxides, or NOx, since 2003. But it c

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