A group of residents keep an eye on a polluting coke plant that a judge has allowed to stay open. New rules for pig slaughterhouses may put pork and worker safety at risk. Families of cancer patients want the state to look at fracking. Actors get into character as creatures of the night for family-friendly hikes. Plus, bad news for pumpkin lovers.
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- PA’s Pumpkin Farmers Dealing With Lower than Normal Crop Yields - Heavy summer rains kept away important pollinators and spread fungal disease.
- Will New Pork Rules Put the Meat on Your Plate and Workers at Risk? - New rules for pork production put some of the oversight into the hands of industry and allow for processing speeds as fast as industry wants - from 16 hogs/minute to even 1,100 hogs/min.
- Erie Activists Keep Pressure on a Polluting Coke Plant in Their Community - Mike Campbell and Sister Pat Lupo started Hold Erie Coke Accountable to keep an eye on the plant. DEP tried to shut it down due to violations, but a court order is keeping it open.
- Meet These Creatures of the Night, if You Dare - If you take this nature hike at night, you never know who you might run into.
- Washington County Families Tell State to ‘Fix’ Their Cancer Study - Families of people diagnosed with a rare cancer want the state to revise their study and look into whether fracking could be involved.