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PNS Daily Newscast - November 17, 2017 


The Keystone oil pipeline spills big time in South Dakota; a look at the GOP tax plan and it’s impact on the most vulnerable Americans; and renewed hope for Maine’s Katahdin Woods and Waters national monument.

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Public News Service - WV: Environment

A recent nonpartisan study found coal and nuclear power proved more, not less, vulnerable during hurricanes. (N.J. National Guard/Wikipedia)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A federal proposal to boost the reliability of the power grid would cost billions and do little to make the grid more stable, according to research. The Department of Energy is proposing a subsidy for coal and nuclear plants that stockpile 90 days of fuel to ensure electricity

Energy analysts say big coal-fired power plants like the Pleasants Power Station are increasingly noncompetitive. (Brian M. Powell/Wikipedia)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – Consumer and citizen groups say a plan by First Energy to sell the Pleasants Power Station near Belmont, now before the Public Service Commission, is corporate welfare at the expense of ratepayers. The groups say First Energy selling the Willow Island plant to Mon Power

Critics charge that a failure to staff federal agencies is hampering the response to hurricane damage in Puerto Rico. (Dept. of Homeland Security)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – President Donald Trump is defending his response to Hurricane Maria, but the Union of Concerned Scientists says the problems are deeper than this crisis. According to Andrew Rosenberg, former regional administrator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's

During hurricanes, people depend on charts and predictions from the National Hurricane Center and the National Weather Service. (NOAA/NWS)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- President Trump's proposed budget would cut nearly $1 billion from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. That could hobble hurricane tracking and prediction. The administration wants to cut NOAA funding by more than one-sixth, which would hit the National Weathe

A new report says cuts to EPA air-quality grants alone will hobble state and local programs to protect West Virginians' health. (Pixabay)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – Deep cuts to federal grants that help state and local officials protect clean air and water would threaten the health and livelihoods of West Virginians, according to a new report. The Trump Administration has proposed cutting nearly one-third from the Environmental Protec

Outdoor business like Water Stone Outdoors in Fayetteville represent tens of thousands of jobs and billions in economic activity for West Virginia. (Kenny Parker)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Outdoor recreation means 90,000 jobs and $9 billion in consumer spending for West Virginia, according to a new report. The Outdoor Industry Association found recreation pays $2.4 billion in wages and more than $650 million in state and local taxes, even before that money

A nonprofit solar co-op says solar power is now inexpensive enough to make economic sense for West Virginia farmers. (WV SUN)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A solar co-op is helping West Virginia farmers cut their energy costs. The agricultural co-op program, run by West Virginia SUN, helps line up grants and tax credits it says can cut up-front costs of solar installation in half. And, said Autumn Long, co-op coordinator with Wes

The Grant Town Power Plant is in the middle of a contentious argument at the West Virginia Public Service Commission. (Edison International)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The Monongahela Power Company is asking ratepayers to pay more to bail out a Marion County power plant that critics charge is dirty, already expensive and damaging to the air, land and water. Customers currently pay a bit above the market rate for the Grant Town Power Pla

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