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DEP steamrolling power plant approval is out of step with agency rhetoric | Opinion

BY: - July 28, 2021

The agency must reopen the public comment period for a proposed pipeline in Clinton County

U.S. House passes PFAS bill regulating ‘forever chemicals’ in drinking water

BY: and - July 22, 2021

(*This story was updated at 12:03 p.m. on Thursday, 7/22/21, to correctly note that U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle, D-18th District, was marked ‘non-voting’ on the PFAS bill.) WASHINGTON — The U.S. House Wednesday passed bipartisan legislation that would regulate toxic chemicals found in drinking water, as well as designate two types of those toxic chemicals […]

As Congress tries to regulate ‘forever chemicals,’ local water systems push back

BY: - July 20, 2021

Local water utilities worried about getting hit with lawsuits and high cleanup costs are stepping up their lobbying of Congress as lawmakers move to regulate toxic chemicals found in drinking water.

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.

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Thanks to stimulus funding, Pa. has a chance to Grow Greener again. We can’t miss it | Opinion

BY: - July 1, 2021

Pennsylvania’s public natural resources are the common property of all the people, including generation yet to come.

U.S. House panel approves legislation to clean up toxic PFAS ‘forever chemicals’ in Pa., nationwide

BY: - June 24, 2021

The bill includes an annual $200 million grant to water utilities and wastewater facilities to treat PFAS over four years.

Suburban Philly activist, local leaders urge Congress to move faster on regulating PFAS

BY: - June 9, 2021

An independent panel of scientists found a probable link between exposure to PFOA and PFOS and multiple health problems, such as high cholesterol, thyroid disease, and testicular and kidney cancer. 

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Biden’s infrastructure plan targets lead pipes that threaten public health across the U.S. – including Pa. | Opinion

BY: - May 5, 2021

President Joe Biden has proposed spending $45 billion to replace every lead water pipe and service line in the nation. A public health expert explains why he sees this as a worthwhile investment.

New report finds lead in majority of Allegheny Co. water systems, offers strategies to reduce exposure

BY: - May 2, 2021

By Kimberly Rooney PITTSBURGH — With many outdated water systems located throughout the country, many with varying levels of transparency, it’s often difficult to know exactly what’s in the water that flows out of our faucets. On April 20, locally based environmental group Women for a Healthy Environment released its “Something’s in the Water” report to help shed […]

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These are the greenest states in the U.S. How’d Pa. do? | Friday Morning Coffee

BY: - April 16, 2021

A big part of President Joe Biden's infrastructure plan calls for a cleaner environment and a pivot away from fossil fuels. Some states already are moving on their own.

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Nearly 60M Americans don’t drink their tap water, research suggests. Here’s why that’s a public health problem | Opinion

BY: - April 16, 2021

New research finds that tap water avoidance is on the rise in the US, especially among minorities. An expert on water and health calls for better public education about water quality and testing.

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PFAS ‘forever chemicals’ are widespread and threaten human health. Here’s a strategy for protecting the public | Analysis

BY: - October 12, 2020

PFAS chemicals are toxic, widespread and persistent in the environment, and the federal government has been slow to regulate them. A scientist explains why evaluating them one by one isn't working.