Which Pittsburgh mayoral candidate aligns with your environmental beliefs?

Don't know where each candidate stands on environmental issues? This is your cheat sheet to understanding their answers to the biggest questions.
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D.C. Circuit weighs challenge to EPA's E15 rule

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit heard oral arguments Tuesday on a challenge to EPA's rule extending the sale of 15 percent ethanol year-round.

Biden’s big bet: Tackling climate change will create jobs, not kill them

For decades, Democrats have countered opposition to "job-killing" environmental regulation by saying combatting climate change would create well-paying new jobs. President Biden is betting on it.

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.

Europe’s plastics industry is about to boom. U.S. fracking is driving it

Even as the European Union rolls out aggressive plans for reducing plastic waste, countries are importing cheap ethane gas to fuel their plastics industries.

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.

Trump EPA invited companies to revise pollution records of carcinogen

After ethylene oxide was shown to be 30 times more carcinogenic than previously thought, polluters began rewriting their toxic history — with the EPA’s help.

Canada is drowning in plastic waste — and recycling won't save us

The federal government is calling for a new “circular economy” that would rely on massively scaling up existing recycling facilities and still-nascent recycling technologies to keep disposable plastic ubiquitous in our daily lives. But can recycling really save us?

Pollution in Black communities should make environmental justice a racial justice issue for Biden administration

Industrial pollution has sickened and poisoned Black communities for decades. Environmental justice experts have a solution to stop this.

Texas grid crisis exposes environmental justice rifts

While the height of Texas' blackouts left more than 4 million homes and businesses without power, some experts say low-income areas and communities of color bore the brunt of much of the crisis.

Fracking puts Pa. at an energy crossroads. It’s time to pick a direction

Pennsylvania’s ties to the natural gas industry on one hand with climate goals on the other threaten future progress.

Environmental activists in Louisiana call on Senator Cassidy to 'do no harm'

A physician specializing in digestive ailments, Cassidy acknowledged Louisiana has higher rates of cancer than other states, but blamed the higher cancer rate on victims' lifestyle choices, including smoking, obesity, and certain infections.


Air quality regulators in "Cancer Alley" have fallen dangerously behind

An audit found that the time it takes the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality to issue penalties to polluters has doubled. Some companies that have been known to violate air quality rules were able to keep at it for years, or even decades.

Environmentalists see opportunity for Pennsylvania legislature in 2021, but also expect old fights

The General Assembly’s Republican leadership hasn’t yet discussed legislative priorities for the upcoming term.
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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

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.

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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