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PNS Daily Newscast - February 16, 2018 


Florida lawmakers put a concealed weapons bill on hold; also on today's nationwide rundown, concern about Washington State sharing immigrant activist information with ICE agents; and romance scams on the rise.

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Public News Service - PA: Energy Policy

Comprehensive regulation of existing oil and gas facilities by the state could cut methane emissions by 60 percent in Pennsylvania. (anita_starzycka/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Methane emissions from Pennsylvania oil and gas sites are much higher than the industry reports, according to a new study. Conducted by the Environmental Defense Fund, the study shows that oil and gas operation in the state emit more than 520,000 tons of methane every year

Switching to renewable energy and electric vehicles would help reduce carbon emissions, environmentalists stress. (stux/Pixabay)

PITTSBURGH – Three state senators have introduced legislation to bring Pennsylvania into line with the carbon emission goals of the Paris Agreement. When President Donald Trump announced the United States would withdraw from the international climate accord he quipped that he represents "Pit

States are expected to sue as the Trump administration tries to repeal the Clean Power Plan. (stevepb/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – States in the Northeast and on the West Coast are challenging Trump administration changes to environmental regulations. Stateline, a journalism project of The Pew Charitable Trusts, has kicked off its 2018 State of the States series with a report on the mounting resistance

Power plant discharges into Pennsylvania waterways include arsenic, cadmium, lead and mercury. (Jakec CC BY-SA 4.0 /Wikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – The Department of Environmental Protection has agreed to a settlement to reduce toxic water pollution from 10 coal fired power plants. In settling a lawsuit brought by environmental groups, the DEP has agreed to a schedule to update and draft new water permits for the plant

The Mariner East 2 pipeline would carry ethane, which can be explosive even in small amounts. (StockSnap/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Environmental groups are calling on the state to cancel construction of the Mariner East 2 pipeline. Last week, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection suspended the pipeline permit, saying Sunoco needs to correct what the agency termed "egregious and willful vio

Installing solar systems will return an estimated 8 to 10 percent on the initial investment. (PublicDomainPictures/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Solar power is growing in Pennsylvania as individuals, businesses and communities take action to reduce carbon emissions. Since the Trump administration's withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement, local and state efforts to combat climate change have become critical. A

Gov. Tom Wolf is proposing weaker emission rules for existing oil and gas facilities. (anita_starzycka/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Clean air advocates want the Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection to strengthen rules for methane leaks from existing sources. Environmental groups say last week's release of the final draft of permits to control emissions from new oil and gas wells, pipeli

New permitting rules will apply to new gas wells, transmission stations and pipelines. (Nicholas A. Tonelli/Flickr)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Pennsylvania is taking a major step toward reducing methane emissions at natural gas facilities. The state's Department of Environmental Protection has announced it will implement new and updated permits that require controlling emissions of methane and other pollutants fro

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