Energy & Environment

Restore or reenergize? Turzai, House GOP offer plan for natural gas-based state economy

Preaching “jobs, jobs, jobs,” state House Speaker Mike Turzai and other House Republicans rolled out a package of bills Monday that they say will expand the manufacturing potential of the shale gas boom.

‘We can’t afford to wait,’ Wolf, lawmakers say as Pa. rolls out its plan...

On Monday, Pennsylvania joined with 24 other states, with Republican and Democratic governors, to fight climate change

So about that fallout from the nukes bill | Editorial Cartoon

You'll find the mushroom cloud of anger over the ratepayers heads.
Rep. Thomas Mehaffie unveils his proposal for Pennsylvania's nuclear industry at an ironworkers' union hall in Harrisburg.

Fossil fuel industry group-backed poll finds Pennsylvanians uninformed about nuke proposal, skeptical when educated

A poll funded by a fossil fuel-boosting organization shows 77 percent of Pennsylvanians have heard little or nothing about a deal that would aid the state’s nuclear industry at the expense of consumers. The poll...

Small businesses fear ‘huge’ electric bill increases under Pa.’s $500 million nuclear proposal

Sri Kumarasimgam owns Pastorante, an Italian restaurant in Harrisburg’s Midtown neighborhood just blocks from the state Capitol. Right now, the electric bill for his 2,000-square-foot eatery runs him about $500 to $600 a month.It’s...

Anti-nuclear activists cry foul over Exelon’s request to use TMI decommissioning dollars for waste...

The owner of Three Mile Island in Dauphin County is asking the feds for permission to use a decommissioning nest egg to pay for keeping nuclear waste safe, drawing the ire of anti-nuclear activists.Exelon...

Top Senate Republicans aren’t happy with Pa.’s environmental regulators. Here’s why

Two senior Republican senators want an appellate court to force the state Department of Environmental Protection to issue new clean water standards for a byproduct of coal mining.Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, R-Jefferson,...

Air quality in Harrisburg metro area among worst in nation, despite improvements

The Harrisburg-York-Lebanon metropolitan area's air quality has improved compared to previous years, according to the American Lung Association's annual report. But it's still not great.“Mid-state residents should be aware that we’re breathing unhealthy air,...

Environmental proponents to state Senate panel: Pa. needs better methane regulations

Panelists at a Senate Democratic Policy Committee hearing on Tuesday slammed the state’s proposed regulations on methane gas, and called on state lawmakers to let the Department of Environmental Protection exercise more regulatory authority.The...