Summer Lee (right) and Sara Innamorato. Photo courtesy of Summer Lee.

A history-making millennial politician explains what air pollution and police violence have in common

We sat down with Summer Lee to talk about why millennial politicians who understand that truth keep winning elections.

PITTSBURGH—In November, 30-year-old Summer Lee is expected to become the first black woman to represent the Pittsburgh region at the state capital.

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STUDY: Pennsylvania's communities of color in more danger from health consequences of fracking

Researchers found a disproportionate number of people of color living near power plants.

A Pittsburgher's guide to making every day Earth Day

How to "speak up for the trees," rid yourself of those pesky blue bags, and use electricity sustainably.

Will Pittsburgh flourish as a hub of eds and meds or gas and petrochemicals?

Sparks are flying in the training center of the Steamfitters Local 449 in Harmony. In two rows of cubicles, closed off by thick, orange curtains, new apprentices of the union are learning to work with blowtorches.

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Watch: Seneca Nation celebrates after fracking water treatment permits are revoked

The Seneca Nation of Indians have declared victory after a proposed project to treat fracking wastewater at the headwaters of the Allegheny River was nixed by the local water authority. EHN previously reported on the widespread opposition to the project.

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Coudersport Area Municipal Authority drops support for Epiphany fracking waste plant

Opponents of a fracking wastewater treatment plant, which is now without a home and a client, cheered Monday night as the project appeared dead.

Residents ask whether the proposed Shell ethane pipeline is an acceptable risk

The question of what is an "acceptable risk" loomed large over the first of three public hearings on a proposed Falcon ethane pipeline meant to deliver the natural gas liquid to the petrochemical giant rising in Potter Township.

Most residents at Monaca hearing question Shell's planned pipeline

Some supporters of a proposed 97-mile ethane pipeline peppered the audience at a public hearing Tuesday in Beaver County, but many there expressed worries that spills could contaminate a drinking water source.

Reserve Township finds high levels of lead in tap water supplied by Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority

Pittsburgh isn't the only Allegheny County municipality facing a state alert over lead-contaminated water.

Seneca Nation of Indians, others fire back against cease and desist letters

The Seneca Nation of Indians and others receiving cease and desist letters in connection to opposition of a proposed Coudersport, Pa.-based hydraulic fracturing waste treatment site vowed Wednesday not to back down.

In Pennsylvania, unions throw political weight behind natural gas

On a recent afternoon, Ken Broadbent walked the aisles of his union's “weld shop." Behind orange plastic curtains that shield the eye-searing brightness of their torches, a few dozen apprentices practiced welding pipes together. Each will end up with about 700 hours of training.

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U.S. Steel abandons clean tech plans in Pittsburgh region following damning health study

The company scraps planned Pennsylvania investments and will instead shut down three polluting batteries in 2023. The announcement comes a week after a study shows lower lung function in people living near its Pittsburgh-region facility.

Fertility & Environmental Justice: A conversation with Shanna Swan and Annie Hoang

"These toxics chemicals are affecting you—not just the polar bears, the insects, and the birds."

Can marine protected areas reduce marine disease?

EHN talked to marine disease experts about the role of increasing ocean protection in combating rising disease rates.

Food dyes linked to attention and activity problems in children

"Most consumers have no idea that something that is allowed in the food supply by the FDA could trigger adverse behaviors."

Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking scientific investigation finds western Pennsylvania families near fracking are exposed to harmful chemicals, and regulations fail to protect communities' mental, physical, and social health.

Biden takes a run at America's glaring environmental problems. Can he succeed?

President Biden counts on a tenuous Congressional majority to dramatically alter environmental policy.

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