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PNS Daily Newscast - March 30, 2017 


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Public News Service - WA: Energy Policy

The Hanford Nuclear Reservation is the most contaminated nuclear site in the U.S. (Philo Nordlund/Flickr)

RICHLAND, Wash. – Radioactive contamination is spreading at an aging facility on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Energy. The REDOX complex last processed plutonium 50 years ago, but annual inspections by the DOE have found the radiation is sp

Washington state is looking to learn from other states how to develop community solar projects. (naturalflow/Flickr)

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington state's step toward a clean-energy future in the new year will involve more communities generating their own renewable energy. The Evergreen State is one of four chosen by the National Governors Association to swap policy advice on how to modernize its electric-powe

Researchers at a Washington state lab say the amount of sewage treated in the United States each year could yield 30 million barrels of oil. (Water Environment & Reuse Foundation)

RICHLAND, Wash. - Research at a Washington state lab is proving not everything flushed down the toilet is waste. Scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have created an energy- and cost-effective method for turning sewage into biocrude oil. The process mirrors the geological conditions

Warmer winters in the Northwest due to climate change could mean more damage from species such as pine beetle. (Don Becker/U.S. Geological Survey)

SEATTLE – Many of the effects of climate change scientists did not expect to happen for decades into the future are happening now. According to a new study in the journal Science, researchers found that every ecosystem on Earth is being impacted by a warming globe, from the genetic level up.

BNSF is on trial over transport of coal on its railways in Washington state. (Matthew Nichols/Flickr)

SEATTLE - Environmental groups say railway company BNSF is allowing coal to fall off uncovered coal trains and into Washington's waterways, and this week they're looking to prove it in front of a federal judge in Seattle. The Puget Soundkeeper, Natural Resource Defense Council and others say BNSF i

A new Senate bill is aimed at protecting whistleblowers at nuclear facilities such as the Hanford Site, above. (U.S. Department of Energy)

SEATTLE - A bill introduced in the U.S. Senate would further protect whistleblowers at nuclear sites. Senate Bill 3394 is designed to level the playing field in cases where employees bring forward safety concerns, and even expands the definition of whistleblower to include anyone who reports on fra

Quinault Indian Nation President Fawn Sharp says the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline raises concerns for native communities across the United States. (Jared King/Navajo Nation Washington Office)

SEATTLE - Members of a Washington tribe are joining native communities across the country, protesting a pipeline they say threatens tribal lands and the environment in the Midwest. Twelve members of the Quinault Nation will paddle the tribe's elder canoe, known as the "Grandfather Canoe," down the

At full strength, a proposed coal-export terminal in Longview would ship 44 million tons of coal overseas each year. (Sam Beebe/Ecotrust)

PASCO, Wash. – Supporters and opponents are gathering in Pasco today for the final public hearing on a massive coal-export terminal in Longview. Meetings were held in Longview and Spokane last week after the release of an environmental impact study by the Washington State Department of Ecolo

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