Stories tagged: "Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection"

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 plume rises over East Palestine, Ohio, as a result of the controlled detonation of a portion of the derailed Norfolk Southern trains, Feb. 6, 2023. After the catastrophic train car derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, some officials are raising concerns about a type of toxic substance that tends to stay in the environment. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
Health Resource Center Opening in Beaver County For Residents Impacted by Ohio Train Wreck

The health resource center will open Tuesday in the Darlington Township Building for residents affected by the fiery train wreck earlier this month. It will be open through March 10.

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.

Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro speaks during a news conference in East Palestine, Ohio, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2023. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan announced the agency will hold Norfolk Southern accountable for the costs of the cleanup of the Feb. 3 freight train derailment. (AP Photo/Matt Freed)
Gov. Shapiro Files Criminal Referral Against Norfolk Southern for Train Wreck Near Beaver County

Gov. Josh Shapiro is holding railway company Norfolk Southern responsible for damages and contamination from the fiery train wreck and subsequent burning of hazardous chemicals in Ohio, just across the state line from Beaver County.

A tank car sits on a trailer as the cleanup of portions of a Norfolk Southern freight train that derailed over a week ago continues in East Palestine, Ohio, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2023. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Beaver County Officials Say Tests Show Air and Water is Safe After Ohio Train Derailment and Chemical Burn

It’s been two weeks since a fiery train derailment and subsequent burning of hazardous chemicals happened in East Palestine, Ohio, just a quarter-mile from Beaver County.

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.