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How much Pittsburgh’s largest buildings contribute to climate change is public

Pittsburgh has released a list of which buildings emit the most greenhouse gases. It hopes this will make them invest in energy efficiency.
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The Revolution pipeline, two years since its rupture, is back under construction in Beaver County

Two years and two weeks after the Revolution pipeline slid down a steep hill in Center Township and burst into flames, its owner has begun the process of repair.

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Pittsburgh, Allegheny County officials talk about household lead issues with experts

Children exposed to lead have lower IQs and are more likely to develop attention deficit disorders, and adults who are exposed are at greater risk for heart disease. That's what a leading researcher of the problem told Pittsburgh City Council members Tuesday.

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Residents of historically redlined neighborhoods may experience more COVID-19 risk factors

The long-lasting impacts of redlining are still felt in some Pittsburgh neighborhoods.

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Pennsylvania: DEP approves changes to Mariner East construction methods at three troubled sites

Mariner East construction at three sites that require drilling through porous limestone can shift from horizontal directional drilling to open trench.
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How Republicans are trying to use the Green Party to their advantage

The G.O.P. has sought to help Green Party candidates in previous election cycles to siphon votes from Democrats. This year is no different--but it hasn't always worked.

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In the Ohio River Valley, with the pandemic’s help, the petrochemical boom is on hold

“It just kind of changed the game for all industries, including this one,” said a spokesman for a company that wants to build an ethane cracker. “And so they have had to put off their announcement of a decision.”
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PA: More spills at Lebanon County Mariner East pipeline drill site earn Sunoco more violations

Pennsylvania's DEP recently ordered re-route of line in Chester County for similar problems.

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The wooing of a would-be petrochemical plant

Pennsylvania officials spent months preparing to show off southwestern Pennsylvania to two ExxonMobil executives in the hopes the oil giant would build here.  
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Fracking claims by candidates an incomplete story

With a month-and-a-half to go until the second largest natural gas-producing state in the country has to decide between Donald Trump and Joe Biden, voters are being told — by politicians — an incomplete story.

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Enviro groups challenge EPA's new air rule for ethane crackers

Groups say the new rules don't protect the public from harmful emissions from these plants and allow too many loopholes for industry.
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Fossil fuel industry and Koch network fighting Pennsylvania's move to join Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative

As Pennsylvania took a significant step this week towards joining a regional climate initiative to curb carbon pollution from power plants, newly revealed email records show how fossil fuel interests campaigned to oppose it.

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New plan for Pa. science standards acknowledge climate change

A proposed update to Pennsylvania's standards for science education could transform how public school students learn science — and expose them to more information on climate change.

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Pennsylvania plan for carbon cap on power plants advances

A state rule-making board voted to open the plan for 60 days of public comment.
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Algoma Steel workers allege company had ‘full knowledge’ of exposure to lethal, cancer-causing chemicals

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