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A large flare burns off fuel at Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery while firefighters battle a fire there. The wind carried the black smoke toward residential areas of South Philadelphia.

Patrick Whittaker of Solar States installs solar panels on the roof of a home in Bryn Mawr.

Dreaming of going solar? In Philadelphia a city rebate can help.

A new Philadelphia solar rebate could help homeowners save about $1,000.
By Catalina Jaramillo

Bruce Mansfield coal-fired power plant in Shippingport, Pa.

Research shows thousands could be saved with better air quality standards

Researchers found that more than 30,000 lives could be saved annually if air pollution standards were more stringent.

By Marie Cusick

Ryan O’Callaghan is president of the United Steelworkers Local 10-1, which represents 640 union workers at Philadelphia Energy Solutions. The 150-year-old refinery is shutting down later this month after a fire destroyed one of its units.

Layoffs at PES refinery begin, as union argues for continued presence due to safety concerns

About 80 of the 640 union workers were walked off the site one week ahead of schedule.
By Dana Bate, WHYY

Congressman holds climate change town hall in Pittsburgh

Hundreds voice concerns about closing nuclear power plants, fracking, and pollution
By Lucy Perkins, WESA

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Sunoco's Mariner East 2 pipeline construction on Pennell Road in Middletown Township. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

PUC ordered Sunoco to produce its calculations on Mariner East blast zones

Regulator demanded information on how local population would be affected by any pipeline failure
By Jon Hurdle


FirstEnergy

Bruce Mansfield power plant to shutter early

FirstEnergy moves up closure from 2021 to November
By Reid Frazier

A shale gas drilling rig in Washington, Pa.

Poll: Broad support for Wolf’s plan to tax gas drillers to pay for infrastructure upgrades

The proposal calls for $4.5 billion in infrastructure initiatives over four years, funded by a severance tax on natural gas. It would be targeted at things like mitigating flooding, addressing blight and expanding broadband access.

By Marie Cusick

American Federation of Government Employees officials protest the new contract which requires them to vacate their offices in EPA headquarters across the country this week.
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