Energy & Environment

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

Editor's Note: This story was updated to reflect the correct DEP committee that received advisement.* Two senior Republican senators want an appellate court to force the state Department of Environmental Protection to issue new clean...

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...

Mapping the U.S. counties where traffic air pollution hurts children the most | Analysis

Asthma is likely the most common chronic disease in childhood, according to the World Health Organization.

State senator wants to block sale of Pa.-produced natural gas to anti-fracking neighbors

As Pennsylvania’s natural gas industry has boomed, neighboring states including New York, New Jersey, and Maryland have taken steps to curtail gas drilling and infrastructure.Now, a state senator wants to prevent them from purchasing...

Six Pa. House members voted against naming the Eastern hellbender the state amphibian. Why?

After two years of inter-chamber warfare, the Pennsylvania House voted Tuesday to make the Eastern hellbender, a foot-long salamander native to the Keystone state’s creeks and streams, the commonwealth's official amphibian. The proposal originated in...

What are PFAS chemicals and what is Pennsylvania doing about them?

Here’s a look at what PFAS chemicals are, and what Pennsylvania is doing to eradicate them from water and soil.

Pa. environmental regulatory review board OKs study of cap and trade

A state regulatory review board asked the Department of Environmental Protection to review a proposal from environmental groups to set up a cap and trade system in Pennsylvania.The Environmental Quality Board, which enacts state...

Subsidies are in the spotlight as fossil fuel industries hammer proposed Pa. nuclear deal

Advocates for Pennsylvania's influential natural gas and coal industries laid into the nuclear industry during a Monday hearing on Pennsylvania’s proposed nuclear deal that would treat the industry’s five plants like solar, wind, and...