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A man holds a blue bucket filled with cans, bottle and other trash picked up at beach clean up.

Episode for April 19, 2024

As offshore wind ramps up, a port is being built in New Jersey for the massive turbines headed into the Atlantic Ocean. And we talk with the author of a new report on tiny pieces of plastic litter on Great Lakes beaches. Plus, teens in Pittsburgh look to one another to solve the climate crisis.  Also, the Environmental Protection Agency releases new rules to reduce cancer risk from hazardous air pollution near chemical plants. Federal mine regulators publish a long-awaited rule to the amount of toxic silica dust mine workers can legally be exposed to. And a look at a few examples from the more than 70 projects that have been funded through a plan to close a coal plant in Centralia, Washington.
A power plant with large smokestacks shown from a distance.

Episode for April 12, 2024

Centralia, Washington, has been cited as a model for how to successfully transition away from coal.  What can the Appalachian region can learn from its example? And the new Farm Bill is being held up in Congress, but conservationists are pushing legislators to get it passed. Plus, the threat of Lyme disease doesn't mean we shouldn't enjoy the outdoors. News about a $1 million-dollar fine for a gas leak that was called the country's worst climate disaster in 2022, EPA's new rule for PFAS in drinking water and a class action settlement with Norfolk Southern.
A small river flows next to a tiny hamlet in the winter.

Episode for April 5, 2024

The Department of Energy just finalized a rule to make the energy grid more efficient. While local workers are cheering, energy efficiency advocates say it's investing in old technology. Some students in Pittsburgh got a chance to compose songs, poems and create art all about birds. Construction on the first section of 53 miles of trails in central Pa. is set to begin. Plus, we answer questions from adults and kids about the upcoming solar eclipse. We have news about more federal funds to clean up abandoned mineland and acid mine drainage, how withdrawing water for fracking from a popular creek could impact a threatened fish, and a lawsuit against a crypto miner and Gov. Josh Shapiro.