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PNS Daily Newscast - June 29, 2017 


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Public News Service - PA: Energy Policy

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

Renewable energy is generating jobs at five times the rate of overall U.S. job growth. (dfbphotos/Flickr)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Some Pennsylvania business owners say President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris agreement to combat global climate change will damage, not help, the U.S. economy. Trump said the Paris accord would drain billions from the U.S. economy and cost American jobs. But

In 1979, Three Mile Island was the site of the worst commercial nuclear power accident in the United States. (Wikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Without a state bailout, the Three Mile Island Nuclear power plant could close in 2019 - and clean-power advocates say closing it may be the best option. Cheap natural gas, declining demand and the growth of renewables have driven electricity prices down, and Exelon, the company t

Municipalities can take steps such as installing solar streetlights to reduce carbon emissions. (HeyouRelax/Pixabay)

FERGUSON TOWNSHIP, Penn. -- It takes a village to save the planet. That's the message one Pennsylvania township is hoping to send with its resolution on climate change. Through his work at Penn State's Sustainability Institute, Peter Buckland became keenly aware of the impacts of climate change th

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

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

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

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