Dana Bate, WHYY

Dana Bate is a health and science reporter for WHYY. Previously, she worked as a Washington D.C.-based field producer and on-air reporter for the PBS Nightly Business Report, where she won the Gerald Loeb Award for a series she produced on the Indian economy. She is also the author of five novels, which have been published in several languages around the world. She holds a degree in molecular biophysics and biochemistry from Yale University and a master’s in journalism Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. When she isn’t on the hunt for a good story, she is probably in her kitchen, whipping up a recipe from her extensive cookbook collection.

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The Bruce Mansfield Power Plant burns coal to generate electricity in Beaver County.

New Jersey looks to rejoin regional cap-and-trade program

Pennsylvania has no plans to join RGGI
By Dana Bate, WHYY

A photo of a Delmarva bay in spring shows the wetland flooded. In summer and fall this same wetland is dry. This isolated wetland fell under Obama's Waters of the U.S. Rule. Under a Trump administration proposal, federal protection for many wetlands would be removed.

The Horsham Air Guard Station in Bucks County, Pa. where the use of PFAS chemicals in firefighting foam has been linked with contamination of local water supplies.

U.S. court ruling opens door to more suits over contaminated water supplies

Both suits requested that the Navy provide funding for medical monitoring of the families’ health condition as a result of the toxic exposure. They also sought a large-scale health study to determine whether PFAS contamination caused unusual levels of illness in the community — and to what extent.

By Dana Bate, WHYY