Energy & Environment

Hundreds of U.S. public water systems are just like Flint’s – we just don’t...

Flint's highest recorded lead levels were in the typical range for water systems that report problems. What's more, a number of cities haven't reported their lead issues. There are several major cities -- and hundreds of smaller ones -- with lead levels as high or higher.

When you’re doing nothing, you’re really doing everything | John L. Micek

Life circles. The sun still shines. The music still blares. And I laugh at that younger me who once would have bristled at this delightful idleness.

What Pa.’s green lawmakers and environmentalists think of this year’s budget

A trend of environmental issues seemingly playing second fiddle to other state priorities continued in the latest budget, according to environmental advocates. 

How visiting a national park could change the way you think about patriotism |...

By Jennifer LadinoWhen I took a post-college job as a seasonal ranger at Grand Teton National Park 23 years ago, I noticed right away that my “Smokey Bear” hat carried some serious emotional baggage....

Pa. lawmakers seize on Pentagon spending bill to tackle PFAS in drinking water

Lawmakers and environmental advocates say they’re optimistic that legislation to address the toxic chemicals will soon take effect.

The Summer Solstice. An astronomer explains what it is, why it matters | Analysis

The solstice is the 24-hour period during the year when the most daylight hits the Northern Hemisphere. It also marks the official start of summer.

Adequate funding, not ‘regulatory reform’ is the key to an effective DEP | Opinion

A recent Capital-Star op-Ed by the business community made the wrong argument.

Democrats plot legislative end run to pass Wolf’s infrastructure plan, while internal debate continues

Facing an uncooperative Republican-controlled Legislature, Gov. Tom Wolf and his legislative allies are looking to use a legislative shortcut to pass a marquee part of the Democrat's second-term agenda — a $4.5 billion investment...

Restore Pennsylvania, explained: Everything you need to know about Gov. Tom Wolf’s infrastructure plan

This week, Gov. Tom Wolf's administration unveiled the details of Restore Pennsylvania, an initiative to restore crumbling infrastructure, expand broadband access, and help communities fight blight.

Restore PA requires 20 years of natural gas production. Some progressive legislators aren’t ready...

A handful of state House progressives are standing strong against Gov. Tom Wolf's signature infrastructure plan, seeing in the $4.5 billion investment spree an over-reliance on the state's natural gas industry at a time...