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PNS Daily Newscast - October 20, 2017 


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Public News Service - UT: Climate Change/Air Quality

The Methane Waste Rule is designed to reduce greenhouse gas pollution and increase royalties for states and tribes. Caitlyn Cromwell)

SALT LAKE CITY -- A federal judge ordered the Trump administration late Wednesday to implement an Obama-era rule that forces oil and gas companies to capture excess natural gas rather than burn it or vent it into the air. The Feds had been stalling key provisions of the Methane Waste Rule, but the

Will Rocky Mountain Power's rate hike proposal have a negative effect on Utah's growing solar power business? (Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY - The Utah Public Service Commission holds a public hearing today on Rocky Mountain Power's proposal to address challenges the utility says it's facing in managing the electric grid with an influx of new solar power. The utility wants to raise rates on net-metering customers - homes

Faith groups are praising new Bureau of Land Management rules to curb methane waste on public lands. (Curraheeshutter/iStockphoto)

SALT LAKE CITY -- Faith leaders from Utah and across the Southwest signed a letter addressed to President Obama and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell thanking them for adopting new measures to reduce natural-gas waste on publicly owned lands. The letter said the new policies are in sync with church

New BLM rules should speed up solar and wind energy development on public lands. (Pixabay)

SALT LAKE CITY -- The Bureau of Land Management has finalized rules that encourage increased solar and wind energy production on public lands, and it's making Utah a priority. The policies create a competitive process similar to the way oil and gas leases are granted. The new rules also offer fina

The city of Oakland, Calif., has banned coal handling at its port facilities, blocking a plan for producers to use the facility to export Utah coal. (JanHanusSr/iStockphoto)

SALT LAKE CITY - Utah environmentalists and government watchdogs are cheering a decision by the Oakland city council to ban coal shipments through its port facilities. The decision puts a roadblock in front of plans for Utah producers to ship coal through the California port to overseas markets. But

The EPA has ordered two power plants in central Utah to cut emissions which are causing haze in several national parks and wilderness areas, including Canyonlands National Park. (National Park Service)

SALT LAKE CITY - The Environmental Protection Agency has ordered the operator of two coal-fired power plants in central Utah to bring their emissions up to federal clean-air standards. The EPA acted in response to outdoor recreation businesses that say coal haze from PacifiCorp's Hunter and Hunti

Environmentalists and others are fighting a plan to ship coal mined in Utah by rail to Oakland for international export. (traveler1116/iStockphoto)

SALT LAKE CITY - A $53 million plan for Utah to buy a share of a coal-export facility in California is sparking controversy over both funding for the deal and its potential impact on the environment. The complex scheme would send coal mined in Utah by rail to a terminal in Oakland, where it would

A proposed water pipeline would transfer 86,000-acre feet of water a year from Lake Powell (above) for water customers in southwestern Utah. (JodiJacobson/iStockphoto)

SALT LAKE CITY - The State of Utah has filed for a permit to build a controversial 140-mile pipeline to send water from the Colorado River to southwestern Utah, but a coalition of conservation groups says its members will fight the project. The Lake Powell Pipeline could take up to 86,000 acre-fee

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