The EPA’s Environmental Justice office is meant to defend communities that face a disproportionate share of the effects of pollution. But the office’s funding could be cut entirely in President Trump’s 2018 budget proposal.
Shell’s $6 billion ethane cracker in Beaver County could be the first of several large chemical plants in the region. That’s because there’s enough ethane being produced to provide the chemical industry with the raw material without any additional drilling.
Since energy companies have been fracking, they've been trying to figure out the best way to deal with the chemical and mineral-laced water that gurgles out of the wells. Some of the wastewater is transported to Ohio where it is injected thousands of feet into the ground, and where it's been known to cause earthquakes. But a new company in thinks it can do better by building on an old technology.
When toxins from a harmful algal bloom caused Toledo to issue a “Do Not Drink Advisory” to 400,000 people, Ohio Sea Grant was a first responder. But now the program, which manages over 50 different projects focused on the blooms, is on the Trump administration's chopping block.
Climate change will bring longer, hotter heat waves to Pennsylvania. Some are worried how those living without air conditioning will survive. With President Trump pulling out of the global climate agreement, there’s a new push to get cities and states to pick up the slack. And they might also have to pick up the tab.
What do you do when you worry that pollution from a local industrial plant is making people in your town sick, and you want to do something about it? It can help to talk to someone who has been down that road. The Allegheny Front connected people from two Allegheny County communities in different stages of this shared experience, and sat in on their conversation.
Clairton sits in the shadow of US Steel's massive Clairton Coke Works. There's a growing concern among residents that the plant's emissions are causing asthma and cancer. But can a town prove that pollution is causing its health problems?
This week, we continue our series Hazardous to Your Health. We hear from community activists who are literally sick of industrial pollution and are looking for solutions from people who've been through it. Plus, an environmental lawyer says Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris Climate agreement shouldn't surprise anyone--just look at some of his other policies. And is a new coal plant bucking the industry trend?
This week we begin a new series, Hazardous to Your Health. We'll visit two communities near Pittsburgh--each with a history of industrial pollution. And we'll talk with the people who live there about how their attitudes toward nearby Coke plants--and their emissions--are changing.