When the train carrying hazardous chemicals derailed in East Palestine, students there were weeks away from the opening night of their school musical. They decided the show must go on. We’re there for the dress rehearsal.
We’ll also hear from the author of a new book about the 1948 air pollution disaster that made Donora, Pennsylvania famous. Plus, the Pennsylvania Game Commission is holding meetings to get feedback about bringing back the American marten to the state’s forests. Plus news about U.S. Steel, and the budget for the PA DEP.
- East Palestine drama students persevere through catastrophic disruption - Many in East Palestine are trying to get back to their ordinary lives, as the cleanup of toxic waste continues. For students, that means putting on the school musical.
- A new book looks at the Donora smog disaster and its lessons for today - A new book looks at the 1948 environmental disaster that sickened thousands and left 21 dead and why it still resonates today.
- U.S. Steel reaches tentative settlement with Allegheny County, groups over air pollution following 2018 fire - The federal lawsuit had asked for $42 million fine for U.S. Steel under the Clean Air Act. The fire knocked out pollution controls for more than 100 days.
- EPA Office of Inspector General to investigate agency’s response to East Palestine train derailment - The inquiry will look at issues like hazardous waste disposal, air and water monitoring, soil and sediment sampling, and risk communication.
- Pennsylvania considers boosting forest biodiversity with reintroduction of the American marten - The Pa. Game Commission is holding public meeting around the state to get input from the public on reintroducing the American marten.
- Pa. environmental protection head pitches permit reform during budget hearing - Acting Secretary Richard Negrin wants to add 30 staffers, create a “rapid response” team, and help applicants submit the correct paperwork.