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PNS Daily Newscast - June 29, 2017 


In focus on our nationwide rundown; Majority Leader McConnell busy trying to quickly revise the Senate health care bill; a new report says the GOP’s plans would leave a half a million veterans uninsured; and we take you to a Tennessee Kurdish community that’s getting relief from deportations.

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Public News Service - WV: Waste Reduction/Recycling

The disposal of low-level radioactive waste derived from Marcellus and Utica shale in Kentucky landfills is raising red flags. (U.S. Dept. of Energy)

CHARLESTON W.Va. - The paper trail of a company that dumped West Virginia radioactive frack waste into Kentucky landfills is raising serious questions. This spring, regulators cited Advanced TENORM Services for dumping the low-level radioactive waste in two municipal landfills. Not long after, the c

In part because of drill cuttings such as these, once you take the salt and water out of fracking waste, the remaining sludge is hot enough to be considered low-level radioactive waste. (Bill Hughes)

CHARLESTON, W.Va - Recycling of fracking waste can reduce water use and pollution from the wells, but only by creating low-level nuclear waste too hot for landfills. One fracking-waste recycler is operating near Fairmont and another is planned for Doddridge County. They take the brine, mud and drill

One important method of coal-ash disposal may leave West Virginia's waters vulnerable to heavy metal contamination. (Sierra Club, Appalachian Voices)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A loophole for disposal of toxic coal ash is being widely misused across northern West Virginia, according to experts worried about heavy metals leaching into creeks and rivers. As the U.S. wrestles with how to dispose of decades worth of coal ash, Jim Kotcon, Energy Committee

Supporters say new limits on the mercury and other toxins coal (orange) and oil (white) power plants can emit will save thousands of lives. (Earthjustice)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - After a 20-year court fight, the EPA is set to put power plant pollution rules in place that supporters say will save thousands of lives a year. Industry lawsuits had stopped the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards from going into effect at coal and oil-fired power stations around

Sierra Club Executive Director Mike Brune says the Paris climate deal is a historic turning point, but one with built-in challenges for energy states like West Virginia. (Sierra Club)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - The executive director of the Sierra Club says the Paris climate agreement is a "historic turning point" – but one with a challenge for West Virginia. Mike Brune says every country has now committed to the goal of keeping the global temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsi

PHOTO: Citizen groups are warning landowners to be prepared for possible contamination as a result of fracking. Photo by Ed Wade.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia citizen groups say they're helping landowners prepare for potential air and water contamination from Marcellus natural gas drilling. Doddridge County landowner Christina Woods works with her local watershed association and with West Virginia Host Farms, a group that

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - A change in technology could help solve a big problem in the coalfields. West Virginia has 150 coal slurry impoundments, full of waste left over from "cleaning" coal to get it ready to sell. And the sludge not stored there is sometimes injected underground, where it can contamin

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A small group of young volunteers is traveling across the country picking up trash. Davey Rogner with Pick Up America says they've gathered 140 bags of recyclables from West Virginia's roadsides. Next week they're going to march to the Capitol and build a recycle mountain, to pus

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