environmental-issues

COMMENTARY

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

COMMENTARY

Scientists understood the physics of climate change in the 1800s, thanks to Eunice Foote | Opinion

BY: - July 23, 2021

Foote’s discovery of the high heat absorption of carbon dioxide gas led her to conclude that “… if the air had mixed with it a higher proportion of carbon dioxide than at present, an increased temperature” would result.

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 […]

Democrats unite around ‘climate corps’ that could employ youth

BY: - July 21, 2021

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer pledged on Tuesday to include a Civilian Climate Corps in a $3.5 trillion infrastructure bill later this year, as a broad swath of Democrats rallied around a framework of employing thousands of young people to do conservation work. Schumer, D-N.Y., appeared with a handful of congressional Democrats, led by […]

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2021-22 Budget Breakdown: Conservation, Natural Resources, Environmental Protection and Ag | The Numbers Racket

BY: - July 19, 2021

Continuing our breakdown of the 2021-22 budget approved in June, this week we dive into the numbers for the departments of Conservation and Natural Resources, Environmental Protection and Agriculture.

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.

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.

COMMENTARY

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.

COMMENTARY

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 […]

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. 

COMMENTARY

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.