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PennEnvironment report highlights Clean Air Act enforcement challenges in Pittsburgh

A new study by PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center and Frontier Group documents how decades of poor enforcement of air quality rules by the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) enabled industrial facilities to pollute the region’s air. The report, entitled Cutting Through the Smoke, found that ACHD has enabled pollution through slow permitting and weak enforcement. The report, coming on the heels of the departure of ACHD’s Director, makes recommendations for how the new Director can improve enforcement techniques and in turn better protect residents from dangerous air pollution.

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Groups Announce Historic Coal Ash Cleanup Agreement with Power Plant Polluting Susquehanna River

Four environmental groups today announced an historic agreement to reduce toxic pollutants leaking from a power plant’s coal ash dumps into groundwater and the Susquehanna River, the largest Chesapeake Bay tributary.

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Legislation to transition PA to 100% renewable energy gets its 100th cosponsor

This weekend, Representative Wendi Thomas (R-Bucks) became the 100th member of the Pennsylvania General Assembly to add their name as a cosponsor to legislation that would commit the commonwealth to 100% renewable energy by the year 2050. 

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Beach Alert: Swimming in Pennsylvania’s polluted waters can make you sick

[Erie, PA] – With summer in full swing, Pennsylvania beachgoers should beware: It might not be safe to go in the water. Last year, 27 beaches across the state had water pollution levels that put swimmers at risk of getting sick on at least one occasion last year, according to a new report by the PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center. The study, Safe for Swimming?, looked at fecal bacteria levels at a total of 28 beaches across the state.

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