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Former coal plant near Pittsburgh is poisoning groundwater: Report

Groundwater near the site contains arsenic levels 372 times higher than safety threshold. Coal ash sites across the U.S. are seeing similar contamination.

PITTSBURGH—The site of a former coal-fired power plant northwest of Pittsburgh is leaking coal ash and poisoning surrounding groundwater, according to a new report.

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Tiny particles of air pollution appear more deadly if from human-made sources

PITTSBURGH—Air pollution from human-made sources like factories and vehicles is significantly more dangerous to patients with certain lung diseases than other types of air pollution, according to a new study.

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For the first time, natural gas production linked to lower birth weights in a national study

Across the U.S., birth weights have declined as rates of natural gas production have increased, according to a new, first-of-its-kind national study.

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See where toxic PFAS have been used in Pennsylvania fracking wells

PITTSBURGH—Toxic “forever chemicals”, also known as PFAS, have been used in at least eight oil and gas wells in Pennsylvania, but the exact location of those wells has never been publicly disclosed — until now.

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The Monongahela river in Pittsburgh
The Monongahela river in Pittsburgh. Photo Credit: Kristina Marusic

Chemicals linked to birth defects are being dumped in Pittsburgh’s rivers: Report

PITTSBURGH—More than 50 years after the passage of the national Clean Water Act, industrial polluters still regularly dump toxic chemicals linked to birth defects and cancer into local waterways, according to a new report.

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Shell's new petrochemical complex in southwestern Pennsylvania
Shell's new petrochemical complex in southwestern Pennsylvania. Photos by Nate Smallwood for Environmental Health News and Sierra Magazine
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The Titans of Plastic

Pennsylvania has become the newest sacrifice zone for America’s plastic addiction.

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Pennsylvania receiving $17.5 million to cover cost of storm damage to roads and bridges over past 2 years
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Pennsylvania receiving $17.5 million to cover cost of storm damage to roads and bridges over past 2 years

The money announced Wednesday is part of $513.2 million the U.S. Department of Transportation will distribute across the country.
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