How realistic is a petrochemical boom in the Ohio Valley? Authors of “Appalachian Fall” say lessons from coal country can help what’s ailing America. Groups challenge new federal air rules for ethane crackers. Plus, a study from Pittsburgh links air pollution and risk of stroke in heart patients. Pennsylvania is a step closer to joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.
- In the Ohio River Valley, the Petrochemical Boom Is on Hold - Has the pandemic and other economic woes made the plastics boom a bust? Some in the community are hopeful it will still come to the region.
- Enviro Groups Challenge EPA’s New Air Rule for Ethane Crackers - Groups say the new rules don't protect the public from harmful emissions from these plants and allow too many loopholes for industry.
- “Appalachian Fall” Shows How Coal Country Could Be a Model for Rebuilding America - Authors of a new book say coal country's crisis should matter to the nation. "America's got to figure out transition for economies, and we need to do it right here in Appalachia, right now."
- Oversight Board Approves Pennsylvania’s Attempt to Join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative - A environmental oversight board gave the go-ahead for draft regulations for Pa. to join the cap-and-trade program.
- Study Finds Link Between Air Pollution and Risk of Stroke for People with AFib - The higher the level of fine particulate matter, the higher the risk of stroke in patients with a common heart rhythm disorder.