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PNS Daily Newscast - March 24, 2017 


On our rundown today: Republican leaders delay the vote on a health-care replacement for Obamacare; legal advice for undocumented immigrants; and one state considers an innovative way to help children with money from a settlement with Volkswagen.

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Public News Service - PA: Energy Policy

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

Federal leases account for about 40 percent of coal mined in the United States. (Greg Goebel/Wikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A new report acknowledges that coal mined on public land accounts for 11 percent of all U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. A year ago the Obama administration halted new leases for coal mining on public land as it conducted a review of the leasing program. According Jenny Har

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

Public-health and environmental groups warn that a push to repeal federal regulations could render the Clean Air Act unenforceable. (JuergenPM/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Some advocacy groups are warning that two measures by congressional Republicans are threatening the status of current federal regulations on everything from school lunches to clean air. Lawmakers are calling it regulatory reform. But according to former Environmental Protec

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