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PITTSBURGH—If air pollution levels in all of Allegheny County were lowered to match the levels seen in its least-polluted neighborhoods, about 100 fewer residents would die of coronary heart disease every year, according to a new study.

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The report outlines health problems of people living near fracking wells. The Environmental Health Project says it's about time public health take center stage.

A coalition of environmental groups has prevailed in a federal lawsuit asserting that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency failed to regulate pollution from coke ovens around the country, including the Clairton Coke Works.

There have been nine confirmed COVID-19 cases at Shell Chemical’s new ethane cracker plant in Beaver County, according to a company spokesperson.
The House voted 130-71 Wednesday to prevent the state joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative through executive action.

The original debate over the tax centered around what it meant to spend the money equitably. Since then, Black Lives Matter protests across Pittsburgh have put the issue of equity front-and-center, drawing attention — and often support — from council.

A federal appeals court said the agency in charge of interstate pipelines cannot indefinitely delay landowners appeals of pipeline projects.

Three Allegheny County Health Department monitors register high ground-level ozone readings with more high readings likely.

Attorney General Josh Shapiro joined 15 other states, cities and the Environmental Defense Fund in filing a motion in federal court to require the U.S. EPA to set methane pollution standards for existing oil and gas operations.

As coal declines and wind and solar energy rise, some are pushing to limit the use of natural gas, but utilities say they are not ready to do so.

Constitution Pipeline builder cut 558 trees to make way for line that never got built.

Mayor Bill Peduto is one of 16 cosponsoring a resolution from the U.S. Conference on Mayors urging cities to divest themselves from investments in fossil fuels and support greener options.

Environmental groups and some financial analysts are warning the risk is growing for plastics and petrochemical manufacturers.

Pa.'s Attorney General has filed criminal charges against Cabot Oil and Gas — over 10 years after problems surfaced in Dimock, which became ground-zero in the fracking debate.

The trade group representing the unconventional drilling industry fired back at the state attorney general and the grand jury report released last week that blasted the industry and the state departments charged with overseeing it.

Lead scientist Katie Hayden plans to publish recommendations for products people can use that don't have the harmful chemicals, which are called endocrine-disrupting compounds.

The University of Pittsburgh has signed an agreement to buy all of the solar energy produced by a planned local solar plant, which amounts to about 13% of the Oakland campus's energy consumption.

The report found that the department had failed to determine whether hydraulic fracturing was putting people at risk.