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Pennsylvania: Neighbors and anglers cry foul over Sunoco’s pollution of Chester County trout stream

The discharge is not toxic, but it can hurt stream life. And people who live near the work site are fed up with a project one says moves ‘full steam ahead’ no matter the consequences.
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Toxics

Group tallies cost of reducing bay pollution from Pennsylvania

An environmental group says that Pennsylvania would have to spend more than $500 million a year to meet a looming deadline for reducing pollution that flows into the Chesapeake Bay.

Toxics

Renee Reber: Pennsylvania must stem pollution flowing to Chesapeake Bay

We all benefit from access to clean water, and it's our shared responsibility to ensure it's available for current and future generations.

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Justice

Biden infrastructure plan puts water upgrades on tap as advocates press for stricter lead rule

The race to eliminate the scourge of lead contamination of drinking water and the overflows of sewage and sludge in Pittsburgh and cities across the country would get a serious boost under President Joe Biden's infrastructure plan.

Climate

Pennsylvania’s first green hydrogen plant planned for Lancaster County

Green hydrogen is seen as a possible solution for industries with hard-to-cut emissions, like shipping and aviation.

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Toxics

Pennsylvania: Allegheny County Health Department urged to tighten, enforce air pollution standards

City, county and municipal officials urge Allegheny County Health Department to adopt stronger air pollution controls.  
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Toxics

Alerted by high COVID “activity,” state health officials visited Shell’s Beaver County ethane cracker

Largest construction site in the country had over 100 cases in December; photos show mask policy not always followed.
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Climate

Smart Talk: Solar power initiatives highlight industry growth

The Wolf administration recently announced a commitment to solar energy by agreeing to buy power from seven new solar projects in the state.

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Toxics

Pennsylvania: Glass dump settlement reached with PPG

PPG Industries agrees to clean up and treat runoff from a 70-year-old glass waste dump site that is polluting the Allegheny River.
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Toxics

Pa. Supreme Court ruling erodes Marcellus Shale royalty cheating case

High court rules 6-1 Pennsylvania’s consumer protection law does not apply to landowners that lease drilling rights on their property.  
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Toxics

The U.S. chemical safety board was slashed by Trump. Its backlog is piling up

The board’s final report on the 2019 release of a potentially lethal chemical at a Philadelphia refinery is among 19 awaiting approval.
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Toxics

Chesapeake to pay $1.9M for damage to wetlands, waterways

One of the most active natural gas exploration firms in Pennsylvania has agreed to pay $1.9 million after it disclosed in 2014 that its construction work had damaged waterways and wetlands, without proper permits.

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Justice

Pennsylvania: Contaminated Chester County site still mired in legal fights over redevelopment plan

The DEP says it is working on cleanup standards the developer would have to meet before it could build town homes on the 14-acre Bishop Tube site, which is polluted with a number of toxic chemicals.
Toxics

Lola Energy nabs former EdgeMarc oil and gas assets as Revolution pipeline restarts

The Butler County oil and gas assets of a driller — once backed by Goldman Sachs but later plunged into bankruptcy by the explosion of the Revolution pipeline in 2018 — now belong to Lola Energy.

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Climate

Pennsylvania plans to generate 50% of government building energy through solar, Gov. Wolf says

Governor Tom Wolf announced Monday a plan to purchase half of all electricity used by Pennsylvania's government buildings from solar energy arrays to be built on farms sprawled across six counties.

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Earth Day: Amidst the greenwashing, it's still a good thing

When corporations tout their greenness and journalists get beaten senseless by lame ideas.

‘Forever chemicals’ coat the outer layers of biodegradable straws

More evidence that harmful PFAS chemicals are sneaking into some "green" and "compostable" products.

Pesticide DDT linked to increased breast cancer risk generations after exposure

Groundbreaking study finds women whose grandmothers had high DDT exposure are more likely to be obese and have early menstruation—both breast cancer risk factors.

Want more clean energy? Focus on people, not technology

Energy decisions can be deeply personal. We need to listen to households and communities before we prescribe their energy transition.

Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking

EHN.org scientific investigation finds western Pennsylvania families near fracking are exposed to harmful chemicals, and regulations fail to protect communities' mental, physical, and social health.

The political, media, and community response to our Fractured investigation

From a media blitz to calls for statewide drilling bans, here's a look at the fallout and impacts so far from EHN's investigation of western Pennsylvania fracking impacts.

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