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PNS Weekend Newscast - May 27th, 2016 


In the news this weekend: an attack in Egypt kills over two dozen people, President Trump's son in law is under the microscope in the Russian spying investigation, and it may take an entire village to save the planet.

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Public News Service - PA: Water

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

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

Restoring the Chesapeake Bay requires cleaning up Pennsylvania rivers and streams. (Nicholas A. Tonelli/Flickr)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Clean-water advocates say proposed federal cuts in Chesapeake Bay restoration funds would reverse years of progress. The Trump administration is proposing a 93 percent cut in federal funding for the Chesapeake Bay Program, a multi-state agreement administered by the Environm

The Mariner East 2 pipelines would run more than 300 miles through 17 Pennsylvania counties. (Andy Arthur/Flickr)

PHILADELPHIA – Environmental groups have filed an appeal of 20 permits issued Monday for the proposed Mariner East Two pipelines. The pipelines would carry highly-flammable, natural-gas liquids including propane, butane and ethane over 300 miles across 17 Pennsylvania counties. But according

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

Debris from coal mining contains heavy metals such as mercury, selenium and arsenic. (Jakec/Wikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Congress has voted to eliminate a regulation that restricts the disposal of dangerous coal-mining waste in nearby streams. Lawmakers used the Congressional Review Act, a seldom-used 1996 law that says regulations finalized in the last 60 legislative days of the year can be overtur

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

The Clean Air Act has reduced pollution, but advocates say more needs to be done. (Dick Swanson, NARA/Wikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A group of clean-air advocates is running a series of television ads in seven states opposing president-elect Donald Trump's nominee to head the EPA. Clean Air Moms Action says Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has a long history of opposing clean air and water standards

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