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PNS Daily News - June 28, 2017 


Here’s a look at what’s making headlines: Republicans scramble after a vote on health care delayed; a Clean Water Rule repeal comes under scrutiny; and a chemical in a common weed killer declared a carcinogen by California.

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Public News Service - VA: Waste Reduction/Recycling

The grid-scale electrical storage industry is growing quickly around the country. (Advanced Energy Economy)

RICHMOND, Va. - Big battery systems and smart appliances are starting to bring rapid change to the electricity grid for Virginia and the rest of the U.S. The price of grid-scale batteries has fallen dramatically and, as a result, the amount of installed, grid-scale electricity storage doubled last

Coastal flooding is one of the issues moving a coalition of 50 separate Virginia groups to press for climate action. (NOAA)

RICHMOND, Va. - A broad coalition is pushing Gov. Terry McAuliffe to speed the state's transition away from fossil fuels and interestingly, it's not just environmentalists. A coalition of 50 groups wrote to the governor asking how his office will implement an Environmental Protection Agency plan t

Observers say Virginia is facing an energy crossroads. (Evan Hansen)

RICHMOND, Va. - Important energy questions are facing Virginia lawmakers. Activists say the governor and General Assembly need to do more to encourage renewable power and energy efficiency. Ivy Main, renewable-energy chair for the Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club, says the state needs to remove

Conservationists say they are frustrated that Congress has failed to reauthorize a conservation fund with long-standing bipartisan support. Credit: Live Monumental Campaign

RICHMOND, Va. - Congress' failure to reauthorize a popular land and water fund is drawing bipartisan scorn from Virginia conservationists. Since 1965, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) has taken money from offshore oil and gas royalties. It gives grants to protect and improve everything

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Plastic is everywhere today; plastic bags from the grocery store, clothing store, pharmacy; plastic bottles for water; and now, there are five huge Texas-sized garbage patches in the world's oceans, consisting mostly of discarded plastic. Captain Charles Moore is credited with

RESTON, Va. - From soybeans to tobacco, Virginia has a long and rich agricultural history of providing food and contributing to the state's economy. A new report offers ways to help farmers save money and increase their output while also helping the environment. For many Virginia farmers, says Elia

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Thousands of Virginia Beach middle-school students will soon take the classroom outdoors, thanks to a new public-private partnership launched this week. The pioneering program allows students to get a hands-on educational experience by visiting local waterways, thanks in part

FAIRFAX, Va. - A green flag will be raised over a middle school in Fairfax today, certifying it as a leader in creating an environment for learning about the environment. Lanier Middle School becomes the first school in Virginia and third in the nation to get the award from ECO-Schools USA. The pro

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