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Amid Pa.’s drought watch, farmers in Allegheny County say they’re OK — for now

Thousands of Taylor Swift fans descending to the North Shore on Friday might have gotten a bit wet, as quick bursts of rain fell multiple times before clouds eventually gave way. But that rain has not been enough to bring Pittsburgh or Allegheny County out of its recent dry spell.

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Pittsburgh, East Coast grappling with air quality issues from wildfires

A smoky haze continued to linger over the Pittsburgh region Thursday while also gripping much of the eastern seaboard and portions of the Midwest, as northerly winds pushed smoke from Canadian wildfires as far south as northern Florida.

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Code red: Western Pa. under warning over air quality from Canada wildfires

As smoke from Canadian wildfires continues to blow over Western Pennsylvania, the state Department of Environmental Protection has raised the pollution alert to code red, the highest warning for people with health problems.

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Pittsburgh-area utilities and transit agencies are launching hydrogen pilots

The hydrogen wave began to gather strong momentum around the turn of the decade and continues to build, with the carbon-free fuel widely promoted as a solution to hard-to-electrify sectors like steel manufacturing and long-haul transportation.

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Elizabeth Township residents concerned about planned well pad near high school

Despite concerns expressed by residents and parents during six public hearings that each lasted several hours last year, township commissioners in January approved the Heracles well pad, pipeline and interconnection.

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Editorial: Solar farm is better than nothing for toxic waste coal site

Allowing coal waste sites to have a useful second act won’t fix them, but it will make the land they’ve blighted useful again. And that’s far better than nothing.

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Large solar farm in the works at Western Pa.'s largest waste coal pile

Given its reputation as the biggest pile of coal waste east of the Mississippi, the Champion Processing gob pile in Washington County has had a remarkable number of hopes built on top of its black dust. So far, none have been achieved.