These are the greenest states in the U.S. How’d Pa. do? | Friday Morning Coffee
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.
Nearly 60M Americans don’t drink their tap water, research suggests. Here’s why that’s a public health problem | Opinion
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.
PFAS ‘forever chemicals’ are widespread and threaten human health. Here’s a strategy for protecting the public | Analysis
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.
Lawmakers seeking to crack down on toxic chemicals suffer another setback
The Senate isn’t expected to include a provision creating a national drinking standard in its version of the bill.
Pa.’s Fitzpatrick, Houlahan make another push to crack down on toxic PFAS chemicals
Federal lawmakers from Pennsylvania and other states are making another push to crack down on a widespread class of “forever chemicals” linked to cancer.
‘Bubblegum and band-aids’: Pa. environmental programs in question
Now with COVID-19, DEP field inspectors have been limited in what they can do — though a department spokesman said air quality testing and inspections on Public Water Systems have continued.
Joining RGGI will help Pa.’s economy grow smarter — and healthier | Opinion
By joining RGGI, the Commonwealth would be taking steps to ensure that all Pennsylvanians reap the benefits of a clean economy.
Virginia, Md. D.C. to sue EPA for failing to make sure Pa. meets Chesapeake Bay clean-up targets
The lawsuits will center on deficiencies in Pennsylvania and New York’s Phase III Watershed Implementation Plans, which were submitted to the EPA for review in August 2019.
Defined by its three rivers, Pittsburgh must continue to fight for clean water | Opinion
Half of America’s rivers and streams are still degraded and considered impaired. We must not let the Clean Water Act be gutted by wrong-headed rule making.
Pa.’s Shapiro joins other state AGs in challenge to ‘unlawful’ Trump EPA regulatory changes
The regulations would unlawfully hinder states’ abilities to protect water quality, the Pennsylvania Democrat and 22 of his colleagues charge.
Toledo voters just gave legal rights to Lake Erie: That’s an important step toward keeping it clean | Opinion
Other countries have given lakes, rivers and other resources legal rights. This Ohio city is a test case on whether this approach can work in the U.S.
How to address America’s lead crisis and provide safe drinking water for all | Opinion
We can solve this crisis with better enforcement, stricter sampling protocols, revised federal regulations and more funding for state agencies.