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Western Pennsylvania industrial site near Allegheny River leaking for decades

For 40 years a toxic waste dump has sat on the banks of the Allegheny River, slowly leaking a mix as potent as pure ammonia. Now, environmental groups are preparing to file a federal lawsuit to force a cleanup.

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Letter to the Editor: Stand up against oil addiction

Each day in this country, $1 billion is being sent oversees in order to feed our addiction to oil. This is evidenced by “At gas pump, 2011 was the year of the big squeeze” (Dec. 20) stating that “the typical American household will have spent $4,155 filling up this year.” This translates to 19 million barrels being used daily in this country alone. This sounds like an abstract number, but imagine 1,209 Olympic-size swimming pools filled with oil. That is how much we are using -- every single day.

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Letter: Doing the Right Thing on Impact Fee

The editorial "Legislature dropping ball on drilling fee or tax" (Dec. 18) is absolutely correct. The fact that even the gas industry has publicly supported an impact fee pushes this discussion into the realm of the absurd. The legislature is incapable of passing legislation to generate desperately needed revenue from an industry that is literally asking to be taxed. It would be laughable if the consequences weren't so serious.

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EPA puts polluters on notice with new air rules

  
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced its final health-based rules for controlling mercury, acid gases and other air toxics from coal-burning power plants.

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Editorial: Legislature dropping ball on impact fee or tax

The failure last week by Harrisburg lawmakers and Gov. Corbett to reach agreement on even a modest impact fee for the burgeoning natural-gas industry tapping the rich Marcellus Shale fields will have far-reaching, negative consequences for Pennsylvania.

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