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At DEP budget hearing, some legislators focus on Pennsylvania's effort to join RGGI

Some Republican lawmakers criticized the agency. Its leader said it’s understaffed.
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At DEP budget hearing, some legislators focus on Pennsylvania's effort to join RGGI

Some Republican lawmakers criticized the agency. Its leader said it’s understaffed.
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Pittsburgh

Nonprofit lands $582,000 grant to transform 2 Wilkinsburg parking lots with rain gardens and bioswales

The state Department of Environmental Protection awarded $582,000 to the Nine Mile Run Watershed Association to install natural drainage with rain gardens and bioswales in two Wilkinsburg parking lots. Underground stormwater storage tanks will also be installed.

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Climate

Climate change threatens Pa.’s farmers. How growers treat their soil could help them adapt

Some advocates look to so-called “regenerative agriculture” as a big part of mitigating the effects of climate change. For farmers, it might just be good business.
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Wolf pushes natural gas tax to boost Pa. economy

Gov. Tom Wolf is pushing a plan to prop up the pandemic economy by taxing natural gas drilling, but that proposal faces an uphill battle in the legislature.
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Report under review by Pitt trustees will decide future fossil fuel investment

A University of Pittsburgh panel that weighed fossil fuel divestment has delivered to school trustees for their review on Friday a report with options that stop short of completely eliminating those holdings in the near future, as activists have sought.

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Climate

Pennsylvania: Solar United Neighbors offers solar co-ops. Any Allegheny County resident can join

The Triboro communities are the next locales for SUN to offer a solar co-op to make buying residential rooftop solar panels easier and less expensive.
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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.
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Abandoned wells are a lingering environmental issue

Abandoned oil and natural gas wells are a lingering environmental issue.
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Advocates want Pa.'s carbon rules to embrace combined heat and power

The Wolf administration's plan to put a price on power plants' carbon dioxide emissions gives special treatment to a highly efficient form of generating energy from fossil fuels.

Justice

PA American Water sues manufacturers of toxic PFAS 'forever chemicals'

One of Pennsylvania's largest water utilities has sued 3M, DuPont and a host of other companies, alleging they knew — or should have known — that so-called "forever chemicals" they manufactured and distributed posed a hazard to the public.

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Pittsburgh

PTT Global Chemical America denies reports of further delay in Belmont County cracker decision

A company spokesman said a report Thursday that the proposed PTT Global Chemical ethane cracker project will be further delayed is “just not true."

Toxics

Pennsylvania: Beaver County Commissioner testifies before energy subcommittee

The hearing focused on decarbonizing the U.S. energy sector — reducing reliance on fossil fuels to cut carbon dioxide emissions. Camp's comments highlighted the number of jobs supported by both traditional energy and renewables in western Pennsylvania.

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Fractured: Buffered from fracking but still battling pollution

A statewide network of fracking and conventional wells, pipelines, and petrochemical plants closes in on communities.

Fractured: Distrustful of frackers, abandoned by regulators

"I was a total cheerleader for this industry at the beginning. Now I just want to make sure no one else makes the same mistake I did. It has ruined my life."

Fractured: The stress of being surrounded

Jane Worthington moved her grandkids to protect them from oil and gas wells—but it didn't work. In US fracking communities, the industry's pervasiveness causes social strain and mental health problems.

Fractured: Harmful chemicals and unknowns haunt Pennsylvanians surrounded by fracking

We tested families in fracking country for harmful chemicals and revealed unexplained exposures, sick children, and a family's "dream life" upended.

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.

LISTEN: Kristina Marusic discusses the "Fractured" investigation

"Once they had the results of our study [families] felt like they had proof that these chemicals are in their air, their water, and making their way into their bodies."

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