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Pennsylvania's first pipeline emergency bill signed

A long-sought bill to give local emergency services access to the disaster response plans of natural gas pipeline companies was signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf on Wednesday.

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Military plane dumps fuel over Westmoreland County en route to emergency stop at Pittsburgh airport

A Pennsylvania Air National Guard refueling plane forced to make an emergency return to Pittsburgh International Airport on Saturday morning dumped fuel over the Jeannette-Penn Township-North Huntingdon and Manor areas, according to the Westmoreland County Department of Public Safety and state Air National Guard.

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Bid to frack on Edgar Thomson site goes to court

A New Mexico company's bid to frack on U.S. Steel's land in North Versailles and East Pittsburgh is now in court following a Tuesday appeal filing.

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How Biden may save U.S. gas exports to Europe

Cleaning up fuel producers' climate pollution at home could help the industry avoid "a trans-Atlantic green gas war."
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Pennsylvania: Dimock residents worry about planned fracking waste well

Plans for the deep injection well are in the early stages, but residents weary of water contamination are on edge.
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EPA reaches settlement with Koppers Inc. over West Virginia and PA facilities

A Pittsburgh-based chemical and materials company has agreed to pay nearly $1 million for failing to follow state and federal laws for preventing and responding to oil spills, under a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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Can Biden’s climate plan spark cooperation in Pa.? Some see possible common ground

Republican lawmakers have resisted Wolf administration climate-change efforts. But a different national tone could encourage efforts to compromise.
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Pennsylvania: Funds diverted from environment, energy funds to balance state budget

The final FY 2020-21 takes $201,977,000 from a dozen dedicated environmental and energy funds to help balance the state budget.

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Regardless of election, Thai giant PTT's cracker project in Ohio in flux

Thai petrochemical giant PTT has strong relationship with Trump administration. With its Ohio cracker project in flux, it plans to do the same with Biden's.

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Allegheny County residents demand stronger pollution regs for U.S. Steel plant

An air inversion in early November caused a string of bad air days near the Clairton Coke Works. Residents are sick of it.
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'Dark Waters' attorney: New 'forever' chemicals pose threat to environment, human health

Rob Bilott, the attorney who sued DuPont about PFAS health harms in Clarksburg, W.Va., says next generation compounds just as dangerous.
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Justice

After 7 days of exceedances, Mon Valley's air pollution still a big problem

High air pollution levels during recent inversions spark calls for more emissions controls at U.S. Steel’s coke works in Clairton.
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Toxics

Building a new coal-fired power plant? Consol proposes ambitious test to counter coal's dim outlook

It has been seven years since the last major new coal-fired power plant started making electricity in the United States.

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Energy

Shell cracker plant sees more COVID cases

The number of active COVID-19 cases at Beaver County’s ethane cracker plant is surging again this week as Pennsylvania grapples with its third coronavirus wave.
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Justice

Virtual rally about air quality concerns in Mon Valley

Air pollution in the Mon Valley will be the focus of a virtual rally on Friday.

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