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A Pittsburgh-based chemical and materials company has agreed to pay nearly $1 million for failing to follow state and federal laws for preventing and responding to oil spills, under a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Republican lawmakers have resisted Wolf administration climate-change efforts. But a different national tone could encourage efforts to compromise.

The final FY 2020-21 takes $201,977,000 from a dozen dedicated environmental and energy funds to help balance the state budget.

Thai petrochemical giant PTT has strong relationship with Trump administration. With its Ohio cracker project in flux, it plans to do the same with Biden's.

An air inversion in early November caused a string of bad air days near the Clairton Coke Works. Residents are sick of it.
Rob Bilott, the attorney who sued DuPont about PFAS health harms in Clarksburg, W.Va., says next generation compounds just as dangerous.
High air pollution levels during recent inversions spark calls for more emissions controls at U.S. Steel’s coke works in Clairton.

It has been seven years since the last major new coal-fired power plant started making electricity in the United States.

The number of active COVID-19 cases at Beaver County’s ethane cracker plant is surging again this week as Pennsylvania grapples with its third coronavirus wave.

Air pollution in the Mon Valley will be the focus of a virtual rally on Friday.

Gov. Tom Wolf’s office has said the bill “poses an undeniable risk to the health and safety of our citizens, the environment, and our public resources.”

The election is over, but Pittsburgh and the surrounding region is still talking about fracking.

Sludge collected during the drinking water purification process at the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority's Aspinwall treatment plant was intentionally and illegally discharged into the Allegheny River for seven years, according to a plea agreement.

Senate Bill 619 would make fundamental changes to the definition of water pollution under the state Clean Streams Law, effectively making most spills and discharges to rivers and streams no longer pollution.

Two major players in Pennsylvania's electricity market announced last week, by 2050, they will contribute no additional carbon dioxide to the atmosphere.

Woodland Hills students helped organize the event for more than 200 local students. Kids leaned about environmental justice and how to bring climate action to their schools.

DEP's order says the Revolution pipeline runs along steep slopes and hillsides and must be stabilized. A landslide caused an explosion in 2018.