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Forest Service proposes fires in part of Allegheny National Forest to help oaks grow

A U.S. Forest Service proposal to promote regeneration of oak trees by conducting a series of prescribed burns in the Tracy Ridge National Recreation Area of the Allegheny National Forest has ignited some opposition.

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Energy

Coal is gone, or almost, in areas that made Trump president

Donald Trump seized large victories four years ago in areas where coal plants had closed. But the industry's collapse accelerated under his presidency, making counties in Pennsylvania and other states more competitive.
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Pittsburgh

After missing for more than 100 years, 8 species of freshwater mussels found in the Kiski

A recent scuba survey of the Kiski River, the first in more than 110 years in what was once a dead river, turned up eight species of freshwater mussels, surprising researchers.

Justice

Watch: How air pollution exposes America's racial disparities

This Pittsburgh-based environmental activist is exposing how air pollution is intrinsically linked to racial disparities in America.
Energy

In Pennsylvania coal country, miners forgive Trump for failed revival

Rick Bender, who owns a coal processing plant in Hegins, Pennsylvania, voted for Republican Donald Trump in 2016, in part because of his promise to revive the industry from a decade-long decline.
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Climate

Larry J. Schweiger: Controlling climate pollution in Pennsylvania

Anyone witnessing record-breaking fires, unprecedented floods, and droughts can see we are facing a climate crisis.

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Toxics

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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Energy

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.”
Originals

EHN reporter wins two Golden Quill Awards

Kristina Marusic, EHN's Pittsburgh reporter, won two 2020 Golden Quill Awards for her reporting on air pollution and cancer in Western Pennsylvania.

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Pittsburgh

Spotted lanternfly reports surge statewide with confirmed cases in Allegheny County

In just seven months, reports of the invasive and grotesque spotted lanternfly jumped 147% statewide.

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Pittsburgh

A ‘funky public space’: Hazelwood Green owner seeking to redevelop old industrial riverfront for recreation

The 1.3-mile stretch of riverfront along the former LTV Coke Works in Hazelwood is a collection of rusting industrial relics, from a pump house to coal loaders and catwalks.

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Pittsburgh

Creating a city for all requires rethinking the process for how we use land, officials say

Mayor Bill Peduto and his administration on Tuesday launched ForgingPGH, a new, year-long effort to explore how people want to see their neighborhoods and the city change.

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Rare catch: Wild brown trout discovered in Roaring Run in Armstrong County

For the first time in at least decades, wild trout are living in Roaring Run, a rollicking, cold water tributary of the Kiski River, once known for its abundance of wildflowers more than a century ago.

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Toxics

No ‘bomb trains’: 14 states aim to take new rule on LNG transport off the rails

Fourteen states — including Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware — and the District of Columbia have filed a legal challenge to a new federal rule that would allow trains to carry liquefied natural gas (LNG) across the country.

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My urban nature gem

Thanks to the Clean Water Act and one relentless activist, Georgia's South River may finally stop stinking.

Dust from your old furniture likely contains harmful chemicals—but there’s a solution

Researchers find people's exposure to PFAS and certain flame retardants could be significantly reduced by opting for healthier building materials and furniture.

Hormone-mimicking chemicals harm fish now—and their unexposed offspring later

Fish exposed to harmful contaminants can pass on health issues such as reproductive problems to future generations that had no direct exposure.

America re-discovers anti-science in its midst

Fauci, Birx, Redfield & Co. are in the middle of a political food fight. They could learn a lot from environmental scientists.

How Europe’s wood pellet appetite worsens environmental racism in the US South

An expanding wood pellet market in the Southeast has fallen short of climate and job goals—instead bringing air pollution, noise and reduced biodiversity in majority Black communities.

Roadmap points Europe toward safer, sustainable chemicals

EU Commission releases ambitious strategy for getting hormone-disrupting chemicals out of food, products, and packaging.

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