Energy & Environment

PFAS 101: What they are, why it matters | Five for the Weekend

BY: - July 17, 2021

These man-made chemicals are used for a variety of purposes, including making waterproof cosmetics, stain-resistant fabrics and carpeting to non-stick cookware. To summarize, they are abundant in our daily lives.

Pa. Farm Show Complex to welcome guests again starting in September

BY: - July 15, 2021

Starting this September, the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center in Harrisburg will once again start playing host to large events, officials said Thursday. The looming return of such events as sports tournaments and agricultural shows and competitions marks the end of a 16-month, pandemic-inspired hiatus that saw the sprawling building transformed into a […]

U.S. House to vote on next week on expanding PFAS regulation impacting Pa., other states, backers say

BY: - July 15, 2021

“These manufacturers that make tens of billions of dollars selling this chemical, they ought to be the ones paying for cleanup. It should not be borne by the taxpayer, anybody else,” U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick said.

Western Pa. birders question state Game Commission over removal of protected species’ nests

BY: - July 15, 2021

The destruction of approximately 150 migratory bird nests from a Pennsylvania Game Commission Building in western Pennsylvania has area bird watchers concerned for the wellbeing of the protected species and dismayed with the state agency in charge of ensuring their protection. In western Pennsylvania’s Mercer County, Kim Springer has been an avid bird watcher for […]

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Joining RGGI will strengthen Pennsylvania’s recovery | Opinion

BY: - July 15, 2021

Joining RGGI will lead to more facilities taking steps to improve how they manage energy use and install more efficient equipment.

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With wind and solar potential, Pennsylvania should lead toward renewable future | Opinion

BY: - July 14, 2021

There are several actions that our elected officials in Harrisburg can take to lean into clean energy during the current legislative session in the state Capitol.

State regulatory board gives Pa. greenlight to join regional cap-and-trade program

BY: - July 13, 2021

This story was updated at 12:15 p.m. on 7/13/21 with additional details on the rule’s next steps.  A state regulatory board has moved the commonwealth one step closer to joining a regional cap-and-trade program that would limit carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants across Pennsylvania.  The state Environmental Quality Board voted 15-4 Tuesday to approve […]

Turning DelWaterGap into national park would have ‘many benefits,’ DCNR Secretary Dunn says

BY: - July 12, 2021

A proposal that would turn the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area into a national park has picked up support from the head of the state agency that oversees Pennsylvania’s state parks and forests. Members of the Pennsylvania and New Jersey chapters of the Sierra Club first suggested last week that the 40-mile stretch of […]

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Rupert Murdoch is launching Fox Weather. What could possibly go wrong? | Dick Polman

BY: - July 12, 2021

“How do you address the fact that weather changes are caused to some degree by humans when you have a media property with a history of challenging that fact?” one expert asked.

Report: Pa. sees record natural gas production, more compliance violations in 2020

BY: - July 8, 2021

Producing more than 7.1 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, Pennsylvania ranked second among states for natural gas production in 2020, a state record for gas production in a single year. 

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For our future, Pa. needs a robust Civilian Conservation Corps | Opinion

BY: - July 7, 2021

Pa. needs a federal CCC because we need to close all our orphaned mine wells, replant all our trees, and transition our energy and transportation infrastructures.

A national park for Pa. and N.J.? Supporters of a new proposal say it’s possible and long overdue

BY: - July 5, 2021

“Where else would you put it?” Miles asked. “If you need a national park, I’m not sure where else would be a good place to put it.”