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PNS Daily Newscast - December 15, 2017 


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Public News Service - PA: Environmental Justice

Nationally more than 1 million African-Americans live within half a mile of existing natural gas facilities. (dbchandler/Pixabay)

PHILADELPHIA – A new report shows that pollution from oil and gas facilities in Pennsylvania and nationwide is disproportionately harming African-American communities. The report, "Fumes Across the Fence-Line," documents health impacts of living near oil and gas pollution, including increase

A newly-filed lawsuit says rolling back climate protections endangers the lives of future generations. (Pezibear/Pixabay)

PITTSBURGH – The federal government is ignoring the threats to life on this planet presented by climate change - that's the claim of a lawsuit against Trump administration officials. The suit was filed in federal court in Philadelphia this week, on behalf of the Clean Air Council and two Penns

The goal of the Clean Power Plan is to reduce carbon pollution 32 percent over 2005 levels by 2030. (1238720/Pixabay)

PHILADELPHIA – Environmental and health advocacy groups say the Environmental Protection Agency's decision to repeal the Clean Power Plan will threaten Americans' health and worsen the climate. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt issued a proposed rule on Tuesday that would do away with the regul

Some faith groups say a state budget measure would threaten Pennsylvania's environment and health.<br />(Hamed Saber/Flickr)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Some Pennsylvania faith leaders are asking state lawmakers to keep the future of the state's health and environment out of industry hands. A version of the budget passed by the state Senate includes House Bill 542, which opponents say would shred important air and water safeguards

Polen Run is one of the few remaining water features in Ryerson Station State Park. (Center for Coalfield Justice)

GREENE COUNTY, Pa. – The Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board (EHB) has ruled that a revised underground mining permit violates the state's Clean Streams Law and the state constitution. The permit, issued by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) in 2015, would have allowed lon

The Walk for Green Jobs and Justice began in North Philadelphia on May 8, and wraps up on May 22 in Philadelphia. (EQAT)

PHILADELPHIA – A group of Philadelphia-area activists is reaching the halfway point in a 100-mile walk for more local energy jobs and solar power. With flags and banners flying, the interfaith "Walk for Green Jobs and Justice" arrives in Berwyn Friday. Organizers claim the largest electric a

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

Inner-city children living near sources of air pollution have higher rates of asthma. (John Alexandrowicz/EPA)

PITTSBURGH – Tuesday is World Asthma Day and advocates are concerned that weakening clean-air rules and cutting EPA funding in Washington will make things worse. Pittsburgh ranks eighth on the American Lung Association's list of worst cities in the nation for air quality, and air pollution can

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