LISTEN: EHN's Pittsburgh reporter featured on "We Can Be" podcast

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EHN's Pittsburgh reporter, Kristina Marusic, is featured on this week's episode of the Heinz Endowments' "We Can Be" podcast.

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Global action on harmful PFAS chemicals is long overdue: Study

The scientific community has known for decades that a group of widely-used chemicals is causing health harms across the globe, but effective policies aimed at curbing those impacts lag far behind the research, according to a new study.

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Pa.’s RGGI rule, which would put a price on carbon dioxide, nears finish line after oversight board vote

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a cap-and-trade program among 11 northeastern and mid-Atlantic states, aims to cut carbon emissions by charging power plants for each ton of pollution they emit.

Exposure to air pollution below legal limits still linked to premature deaths

Long-term exposure to air pollution is linked to higher levels of illness and mortality even when air pollution levels are well below legal limits, according to a new study.

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Ohio to stop using AquaSalina deicer from oil, gas well water waste

The Ohio Department of Transportation plans to stop purchasing a deicer made from processed brine drawn from oil and gas wells.
Plastic Pollution

DOE urged to weigh environmental inequity from U.S. ethane boom

Efforts to expand production and exports of ethane—a natural gas byproduct used to make plastics—were criticized by groups that told the Department of Energy Tuesday that any job gains wouldn’t benefit regions bearing the brunt of environmental damage.

Who knows what they'll fish out of the Connoquenessing at the 10th annual creek cleanup?

Over the past nine years, volunteers from the Allegheny Aquatic Alliance have fished 627,074 pounds of trash and more than 7,244 tires out of Connoquenessing Creek, which flows through Butler and Beaver counties.

PA cities have a sewer-system problem. Green infrastructure can help—but comes with its own risks

Heavier rain related to climate change could make the problem worse. Some who work on these issues say green infrastructure should be part of community-based efforts in order to help residents who face the greatest environmental burdens.

Editorial: Fracking in Pennsylvania used toxic ‘forever chemicals’ as Pa. officials maintain willful ignorance

The Philadelphia Inquirer's editorial board identified the use of PFAS in eight fracking wells. Only the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection can shed light on the full scope.

Burning for Bitcoin: A waste coal-burning, crypto-mining pirate ship sets sail in PA

While Bitcoin is the shiny veneer of the operation, it's actually a means to an end—giving Scrubgrass a reason to run more than the electric grid needs so it can continue to burn waste coal.

Legal gaps leave fracking a radioactive mess

Oil and gas production including fracking can produce radioactive waste with risks to human health, say Bemnet Alemayehu and Amy Mall of the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Gassy coal mines can be environmental commodities. CNX shows how

There is so much unwanted gas coming out of American coal mines—those that still produce coal and even those that have long quit—that federal data suggests it outpaces the carbon emissions footprint of the entire U.S. petrochemical industry.

Investigation uncovers Ohio is “illegally” building radioactive mountains, affecting 26 waterways

Everyone knows that oil and gas wells produce oil and natural gas. But few people understand that these wells also produce radioactive waste, or that it's being disposed of in communities alongside household trash.

Reports highlight how to repair the Appalachian economy without relying on fracking

In the wake of the Great Recession, natural gas seemed like a viable foundation for economic recovery in Pennsylvania and the greater Appalachia region, which has abundant natural gas reserves.

DEP to require landfills to test for radioactivity from fracking waste

Leachate is tested for dozens of potential pollutants. But until now, landfills haven’t had to test it for radium, a radioactive material common in oil and gas waste.  
From our Newsroom

Alabama PFAS manufacturing plant creates the climate pollution of 125,000 cars

The manufacturing plant responsible for PFAS-coated fast food packaging pumps out loads of a banned ozone-depleting compound along with "forever chemicals."

Weaponization of water in South Asia

Climate change and unbalanced regional political power are driving an ongoing water crisis in Bangladesh.

Ocean plastic pollution

Too much plastic is ending up in the ocean — and making its way back onto our dinner plates.

Pennsylvania vows to regulate PFAS in drinking water—again—but regulations are at least two years away

The chemicals, linked to health problems including cancer and thyroid disease, have contaminated drinking water in Pittsburgh communities like Coraopolis and McKeesport.

Global study: Wildfire smoke kills people in cities far from fires

Guatemala, Thailand, and Paraguay had the highest proportion of estimated annual deaths from wildfire smoke.

Peter Dykstra: Climate renouncers

As surely as day follows night, many GOP leaders renounced previous concerns they had about climate change. Will this odd rite of passage end any time soon?

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