Stories tagged: "Environmental Protection Agency"

FILE - In this Oct. 30, 1948, photo the main business district of Donora, Pa., is is cloaked in smog, the sunlight virtually obliterated by thick low hanging pollution. From 1969 to 1980, Congress passed a wide range of environmental bills tackling air and water pollution, garbage, protections for fisheries and marine mammals, and endangered species; in 1990 Congress tackled acid rain by rehauling the Clean Air Act. Now in the week of April 20, 2009, lawmakers begin hearings on an energy and global warming bill that could revolutionize how the country produces and uses energy, and could for the first time reduce the pollution responsible for heating up the planet. (AP Photo/Walter Stein, FILE)
The Donora Smog Tragedy: The Deadly Air Pollution Incident in Pennsylvania That Helped Shape An Environmental Movement

Dozens of area residents died from complications related to the incident in the suburban Pittsburgh town, while thousands of locals developed respiratory issues. Decades later, the New York Times would refer to the Donora Smog as "one of the worst air pollution disasters in the nation's history."

A black plume rises over East Palestine, Ohio, as a result of a controlled detonation of a portion of the derailed Norfolk Southern Monday, Feb. 6, 2023. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Norfolk Southern Will Pay Pennsylvania $7M for Damages From Train Derailment and Chemical Burn, Shapiro Says

According to Gov. Shapiro, the funds will cover the cost of the response and recovery for state agencies, fire departments, and business and residents in Beaver and Lawrence counties.

FILE - This photo taken with a drone shows portions of a Norfolk Southern freight train that derailed Friday night in East Palestine, Ohio are still on fire at mid-day Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023. On Friday, Feb 24, The Associated Press reported on stories circulating online incorrectly claiming a photo shows birds that “dropped dead” in Kentucky following the Ohio train derailment, and a video shows birds in northern Indiana that also died from the hazardous chemicals released after the derailment. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
State Makes Online Resources Available for Western Pa. Residents Impacted by Ohio Train Derailment

The online dashboard launched by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency provides current information about air and water testing, and other important resources for residents affected by the train derailment and subsequent chemical burn earlier this month.

A black plume rises over East Palestine, Ohio, as a result of a controlled detonation of a portion of the derailed Norfolk Southern Monday, Feb. 6, 2023. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Gov. Shapiro Wants Answers From Norfolk Southern After Train Derailment and Burning of Chemicals Near Beaver County

Gov. Josh Shapiro sent a letter to Norfolk Southern expressing serious concerns about the railroad company’s response to a 50-car train derailment and subsequent burning of hazardous chemicals.

FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2012, photo, Ray Kemble pumps water from a truck into his neighbor's tank in Dimock, Pa. Faulty gas wells drilled by Cabot Oil & Gas were blamed for leaking methane into the groundwater in Dimock, in one of the best-known pollution cases ever to emerge from the U.S. drilling and fracking boom. The attorney general's office recently floated the idea of treatment systems as a way to resolve its criminal environmental case against Cabot, prompting pushback from some residents who want to be connected to public water. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
Fracking Rights Reinstated for Pa. Drilling Company as it Strikes a Plea Deal for Past Environmental Crimes

On the same day Corterra Energy pleaded no contest to charges related to environmental crimes, and agreed to pay $16.29 million toward the construction of new and regulated public water lines in Dimock, the Department of Environmental Protection quietly lifted its long-term moratorium on gas production in the small village in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Nominee for EPA Administrator, Michael Regan, speaks at the Queen theater on December 19, 2020 in Wilmington, DE.  (Photo by Joshua Roberts/Getty Images)
Michael Regan Could Become the First Black Man to Head Up the EPA

Pennsylvania generates more coal ash than any other state. Michael Regan—who's poised to become the next Administrator of the EPA—has a history of cleaning up coal ash pollution.

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The EPA Begs You to Please Don’t Inject or Ingest Disinfectant

After Trump wondered if an injection of disinfectant would fight coronavirus, the Environmental Protection Agency reminded people to only use on surfaces.