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Your Environment Update for July 2, 2015

In this week’s Environment Update, we check out the Supreme Court’s rebuke of the EPA’s mercury rules and what’s being done to curb algae blooms in Lake Erie.

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Supreme Court Rebukes EPA on Mercury Rules

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled the EPA didn't consider costs to power plants when it instituted limits on mercury pollution. 

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Two men. One coal-ash dump. No answers.

A coal ash dump an hour south of Pittsburgh may be causing health problems for a rural community and a nearby prison.

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Your Environment Update for June 25, 2015

The ongoing drought in California could mean a boom for farmers in Great Lakes states.

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Shell is Closer to Building Ethane Cracker Near Pittsburgh

An ethane cracker, which converts natural gas into the buildling blocks of plastic, may be coming to Pittsburgh. But some are concerned about the effects on the city's already-bad air quality.

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Fracking Health Complaints Received Little Follow-up from Health Department

An environmental group says the state is not doing all it can to investigate fracking-related health complaints in Pennsylvania.

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Your Environment Update for June 18, 2015

In this week’s Environment Update, we take a look at an avian flu epidemic on Pennsylvania’s doorstep, and hear how the Pope is throwing himself into the climate debate.

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What Happened to 160,000 Fracking Jobs? Under Wolf, the Numbers Change

According to new numbers from the state, Pennsylvania lost 160,000 gas industry jobs overnight. But it has more to do with accounting than a slowdown in the industry.

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New Pipeline Could Mean Tax Bonanza for NJ Towns, but for Pa.? Not So Much

In Pennsylvania, communities where companies are building new natural gas pipelines could be missing out on vital tax dollars.

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In Denmark, They're Making Electricity Demand Meet Supply

When demand for electricity spikes, utilities have to ramp up their coal and gas plants. But in Denmark, they're trying to make demand meet supply.

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