John Hans Gilderbloom, Gregory D. Squires: When pollution and poverty meet coronavirus

The spread of COVID-19 into communities long suffering from environmental inequities could spell disaster for local residents, like in Louisville, Kentucky.

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Revealed: Monsanto predicted crop system would damage US farms

Monsanto and the German chemical giant BASF were aware for years that their plan to introduce a new agricultural seed and chemical system would probably lead to damage on many US farms, internal documents show.

This little-known principle has harmed millions of people. What are we doing to change it?

The Kehoe paradigm assumes a lack of risk unless proven otherwise. Here's why that's a problem, and how people are working to find a better way.

Market headwinds buffet Appalachia's future as a center for petrochemicals

A proposed $5.7 billion ethane plant in Belmont County, Ohio, was seen as a likely casualty even before coronavirus cratered oil prices and collapsed the economy.

In 2020, ag community has 'to prove to society' it can safely spray dicamba

This fall, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will decide whether the benefits of having the herbicide available to farmers for combatting weed resistance issues outweighs the harm to farmers and the environment.


Experts warn EPA making 'secret science' rule more restrictive

The Environmental Protection Agency's latest rewrite of its science transparency rule may be even more restrictive than the last one, scientists say.


Are plastic containers safe for our food? Experts say it’s hard to know

The plastics industry says its containers are safe but some experts advise consumers to avoid heating them and advocate using glass or metal instead.

Who pays? PFAS lawsuits, legislation raise question of pollution liability

Wastewater utilities, whose facilities are a conduit for chemical pollution, object to Democratic proposals in Congress that could hold them liable for the cost of PFAS removal.

Who controls Trump's environmental policy?

Among 20 of the most powerful people in government environment jobs, most have ties to the fossil fuel industry or have fought against the regulations they now are supposed to enforce.
Illustration of the R.E. Burger power plant by David Wilson/Belt Magazine.

What the petrochemical buildout along the Ohio River means for regional communities and beyond

The R.E. Burger coal-fired power plant's final day ended, appropriately enough, in a cloud of black smoke and dust.

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Explosions shake a Texas town, and its view on Thanksgiving

Two explosions forced tens of thousands of people to leave the area around a chemical plant. “As long as we know that we’re O.K., that’s all that really matters,” one resident said.

Uneasy state of affairs: Scotland's use of American shale gas

Despite a ban on fracking, Scotland imports shale gas from Pennsylvania for its plastics industry. This has some activists saying 'no fracking here, no fracking anywhere.'

Under fire, Peduto says: 'We have to evaluate whether we want to become Chemical Valley.'

Environmental advocates cheered Peduto's statement on no more petrochemical plans, while business leaders have pushed back. Here's his reaction.

Even Louisiana’s wealthier neighborhoods can't escape toxic air in "Cancer Alley"

Industrial development usually targets poor communities, but Ascension Parish is one of the richest, and most toxic, places in Louisiana. Some residents say the financial benefits of living there outweigh the risks.

Shale gas off-ramp: Pa.’s fracking boom produces a glut of ethane that’s helping fuel plastics production overseas

The path of a global supply chain often begins in western Pennsylvania and winds up half a world away.

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Beyond the “silver lining” of emissions reductions: Clean energy takes a COVID-19 hit

With job loss and stifled development in the renewable energy sector, economists, politicians, and advocates say policy action is necessary to stay on track.

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