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Public News Service - PA: Toxics

Polen Run is one of the few remaining water features in Ryerson Station State Park. (Center for Coalfield Justice)

GREENE COUNTY, Pa. – The Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board (EHB) has ruled that a revised underground mining permit violates the state's Clean Streams Law and the state constitution. The permit, issued by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) in 2015, would have allowed lon

The Mariner East II project will carry natural gas liquids across 17 counties in Pennsylvania.<br />(Jay Phagan/Flickr)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Some Pennsylvania landowners now have stronger protections against spills and water contamination associated with construction of the Mariner East II pipeline. State officials approved a settlement that environmental groups reached with Sunoco and the Pennsylvania Departmen

The Susquehanna River is the source of drinking water for 6 million people. (Joseph E. B. Elliot/Wikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The Brunner Island power plant must stop contaminating the Susquehanna River, according to a message delivered by local residents to the Department of Environmental Protection. A hearing Monday evening marked the close of the public comment period on a draft water permit that woul

Chlorpyrifos is used on corn, wheat, apples, citrus, strawberries and other foods. (USDA)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A federal appeals court has refused to order the Environmental Protection Agency to decide if it will ban a pesticide linked to brain damage in children. Late last year the EPA said exposure to chlorpyrifos, a pesticide related to Sarin nerve gas, put children, farm workers

The 2008 Clean Indoor Air Act allows smoking in some bars and restaurants, private clubs and casinos. (DucDigital/Flickr)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A bill has been introduced to eliminate exemptions in Pennsylvania's Clean Indoor Air Law. Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death nationwide, and every year secondhand smoke kills about 42,000 non-smokers nationally. Pennsylvania spends more than $6.3 billion ann

Existing oil and gas infrastructure in Pennsylvania leaks more than 100,000 tons of air pollutants every year. (Jeremy Buckingham/Flickr)

PHILADELPHIA – It's time to keep your promise and stop the leaks. That's the message Pennsylvanians affected by oil and gas emissions are sending to Gov. Tom Wolf. Every year, the oil and gas industry in the state emits more than 100-thousand tons of toxic air pollution, including methane

Selenium from pollution released by the Brunner Island coal plant might explain tumors and lesions found on smallmouth bass in local waterways, environmental activists say. (Maxpixel)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Environmental groups want Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection to reconsider its draft water pollution permit for the Brunner Island coal-fired power plant. The latest draft permit, released Friday, would delay the plant's deadline to comply with disc

About 1.5 million Pennsylvanians live within half a mile of gas and oil infrastructure. (anita_starzycka/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Families and child health advocates were in Harrisburg on Wednesday to oppose legislation they say would end the state's ability to protect its citizens from pollution. Senate bill 175 would prohibit the state from passing any regulations on emissions from gas facilities that ar

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