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PITTSBURGH—Allegheny County, which encompasses Pittsburgh, is among the 10 percent of U.S. counties that have both high relative density of major air pollution sources and high relative rates of COVID-19 deaths, according to a new report.

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A new study has uncovered a link between fracking chemicals in farm water and a rare birth defect in horses—which researchers say could serve as a warning about fracking and human infant health.

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House Republicans on Wednesday passed Senate Bill 790 that would significantly reduce requirements for protecting the environment from conventional oil and gas drilling.

Governor Tom Wolf’s proposed budget included $5 million to hire more staff at DEP and DCNR.  

The bill requires the Independent Fiscal Office to estimate the cost of the regulation. There is no requirement to calculate the environmental or economic benefits of a regulation or compare the cost to doing nothing.

The U.S. Department of Energy is giving $2.2 million in 11 grants to small businesses in Pennsylvania to support research into areas including turbines, thermal energy storage and nuclear energy.

In battleground states such as Pennsylvania, Republicans are portraying the presumptive Democratic nominee as a threat to the oil and gas industry.
A 16-year-old climate activist says she is trying to find “ways that we can continue to push Joe Biden … to adopt the progressive and bold policies that we know are necessary if he’s going to get the strength and the power of of young voters.”
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Inspections of oil, gas, and mining in Pennsylvania have dropped off by 70 percent since the COVID-19 shutdown.

Proposed evaporation facility would emit hazardous wastes and other pollutants and could concentrate radiation in residue.

The Port Authority of Allegheny County says it has lost 75% to 80% of its ridership. Though the agency recently began to restore some of its service as the county begins to reopen its businesses, it remains concerned about the future.

From less traffic to more plastic, how the coronavirus shut-down has impacted Pittsburgh.

On today's The Confluence program: How the Rust Belt region could become a refuge for climate migrants.

Erie Coke Corp. officially ended its appeal before the Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board this week, marking a definitive end to the company's legal fight with state regulators.

Pittsburgh officials report no change in wild animal density since people started staying at home.

The Democratic governor said the prohibition, in a bill passed along party lines by the GOP-led legislature, would violate the separation of powers between the legislative and executive branches.

Car traffic took a big dip beginning in late March, and headlines celebrated clean air around the U.S. But an NPR analysis of EPA data tells a more troubling story.