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PNS Daily Newscast - May 26, 2017 


Here's what we're following on today's rundown: a federal appeals court will not reinstate Trump’s revised travel ban; a shake up at the USDA could hurt rural America; and the body slamming of a reporter in Montana may be part of a bigger pattern of hostility toward journalists.

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Public News Service - UT: Toxics

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

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

The American Lung Association recently rated each of the 50 states on their tobacco control policies (audelfin/morguefile)

SALT LAKE CITY - The American Lung Association says Utah does a good job of protecting its citizens from secondhand smoke, but rates poorly in other areas of tobacco control. In a recent report, Utah received an "F" in both smoking prevention and programs to help smokers quit, and a "D" for how it

Natural gas flaring on federal and tribal land would be reduced and taxed under new rules proposed by the Bureau of Land Management. (Environmental Defense Fund)

SALT LAKE CITY - The Bureau of Land Management is clamping down on companies that dump methane gas into the atmosphere. Methane is the principal component of natural gas, and the agency says oil and gas wells on federal and tribal land leak, flare or vent enough methane each year to power 5 million

A coalition of environmental organizations oppose a plan to spend Utah money to build a coal shipping terminal in California. Credit: Joe Belanger/iStockphoto.

SALT LAKE CITY – Environmental advocates are calling on Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes to reject a plan to spend millions of dollars in public funds to help build a coal-shipping terminal in California. The organizations sent Reyes a letter on Monday, asking him to block the Community Impac

Iron County, Utah is known for its Cedar Breaks National Monument, but also for plentiful sunshine that has prompted a flurry of solar farm development. Credit: Marc Averette/Wikimedia Commons

PAROWAN, Utah - Utah ranks fourth on a new top 10 list of states seeing job growth in clean energy and clean transportation. Environmental Entrepreneurs or E2 is a nonpartisan group that tracks new project announcements in the fields of clean power, energy conservation and efficiency, and reports t

Long view of Bears Ears, Utah, cited for housing centuries of history for the Navajo and other tribes. Courtesy: U.S. Geological Survey

SALT LAKE CITY – A new report called Too Wild to Drill calls for greater government protections of federally managed public lands around Desolation Canyon and at Bears Ears in Utah. According to the report from The Wilderness Society, both places are at risk of being compromised by energy de

Toxic sludge from the Gold King Mine spill is being treated in containment ponds such as this one. Courtesy: Environmental Protection Agency

MONTICELLO, Utah - The Gold King Mine spill, which dumped millions of gallons of toxic sludge into the Animas River in Colorado, is having a far-reaching economic impact in Utah. The Animus River turns into the San Juan River, which flows into Lake Powell in Utah. San Juan County Sheriff Rick Eldre

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