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PNS Daily News - April 25, 2017 


Today’s rundown includes a variety of topics including: the White House might consider a border wall compromise to avoid a government shutdown: Pennsylvania lawmakers consider denying the public access to police cam video; and a look at the important role DNA plays in our lives.

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Public News Service - PA: Energy Policy

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

The oil and gas industry loses $1.3 billion worth of product through emissions each year. (Datu Research)

PITTSBURGH - Finding and fixing natural-gas leaks creates jobs, grows business and helps the environment, according to a new report. Leak detection and repair, or L-DAR, is a growing industry, with at least 60 L-DAR companies providing services to oil and gas producers in 45 states. More than half

A warming climate and rising sea levels already are affecting U.S. military bases. (Robert J. Sitar, USN/Wikimedia Commons)

PHILADELPHIA - National security experts say President Trump's actions to roll back or eliminate programs to slow global climate change will put the country in danger. According to retired Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Stephen Cheney, chief executive of the American Security Project, climate change alrea

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

The Mariner East II pipeline route runs more than 300 miles across 17 Pennsylvania counties. (gokul/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Environmental groups are going ahead with their challenge to permits for the Mariner East II pipelines, despite the denial of their petition to halt construction. The pipelines, being built by Sunoco, will carry highly flammable, natural-gas liquids at high pressure for 300 miles a

A 2009 EPA endangerment finding declared carbon dioxide pollution a danger to human health. (Riffsyphon1024/Wikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Scientists reacted strongly Thursday when EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said in an interview that carbon dioxide is not a primary contributor to global warming. Speaking on CNBC's show "Squawk Box," Pruitt said there's a lot of disagreement about the how much human activit

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

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

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