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River Alliance charts coordinated path for the Ohio watershed

The Ohio River Basin Alliance has several goals for the 15-state watershed like being a world-class destination for outdoor recreation.
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Workers repair corrosion problem at Beaver Valley nuclear reactor

The corrosion issue — found and repaired while the reactor was shut down for refueling — won’t delay a restart of the plant along the Ohio River in Beaver County.
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Why some financial analysts are questioning viability of Appalachian plastics hub

They cite factors like reduced demand for natural gas due to a warmer winter and decreased prices for plastic.
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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.
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Congressional Democrats join the debate over plastics' booming future

A new bill would impose a three-year moratorium on new plant construction in parts of Appalachia and the Gulf Coast.
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Jacquelyn Bonomo: PA legislators should stop giving tax breaks to fossil fuel industry

Pennsylvania is approaching a steep precipice, and the ramifications will be irreversible if we tumble over the edge and link our future to fracked gas, petrochemicals and plastics.

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Ohio River regulators planning riverwide PFAS study

Twenty locations along the river including Pa. will be sampled for this group of "forever chemicals" associated with reproductive problems, liver, kidney and thyroid disease, and cancer.
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Clean water group to start monitoring near proposed ethane cracker in Ohio

Freshwater Accountability Project will collect air and water quality data near schools, and daycare and senior centers close to the site in Belmont County.
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Plastic Pollution

Ohio group worried about water pollution from ethane cracker gets state meeting, but little action

The group is concerned that plastic pellets from a proposed cracker plant in Belmont County, Ohio will pollute the Ohio River.
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Ohio River regulators planning riverwide PFAS study

Scientists are designing a new study to test for PFAS, so-called “forever chemicals”, along the entire length of the Ohio River.
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Could the Ohio River have rights? A movement to grant rights to the environment tests the power of local control

Can you imagine if the Ohio River and its tributaries had legal rights? While speculative, the idea isn't necessarily far-fetched.

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How the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitary Commission’s role as steadfast defender of the Ohio River has changed over time

I live in Mount Washington, on the east side of Cincinnati, roughly the midpoint of the 981-mile Ohio River. Below us, near the mouth of the Little Miami River, marinas, barge terminals and Cincinnati Water Works' Miller Treatment Plant line the river's bank.

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Ohio group worried about water pollution from ethane cracker gets state meeting, but little action

The group is concerned that plastic pellets from a proposed cracker plant in Belmont County, Ohio will pollute the Ohio River.
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Pennsylvania petrochemical plant reveals Democratic Party divide ahead of 2020 presidential election

Democratic leaders in Pennsylvania are split over whether fossil fuel jobs or environmental awareness hold the keys to the state’s future.
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A Pittsburgh-area test case in working across political boundaries to address flooding

Anthony Wolkiewicz had his picture taken with Fred Rogers while working at WQED in 1977.

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