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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 marsh lands of Cape May County.

Climate change brings mosquito whack-a-mole to New Jersey

Rising sea levels and increasing rainfall are changing mosquito habitat on the coast, meaning the department that tries to control them has to change its tactics.

By Dana Bate/WHYY

FirstEnergy's Bruce Mansfield Power Plant in Shippingport, Pa.

Lawmaker: Proposal for Pa. cap-and-trade system to cut carbon emissions is ‘a beginning’

The bill would allow Pennsylvania to set its own cap, or negotiate with a group of other states in a regional program.

By Dana Bate/WHYY

Detailed view on the newly installed system to filter out PFAS Forever Chemicals at Well #2 of the Horsham Water and Sewer Authority facility in Horsham, Pa., on August 22, 2019..

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.

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

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.

Dangerous South Philly refinery chemical still poses threat to community

Hydrofluoric acid is ‘special’ and ‘very dangerous’ — and there are 33,000 gallons of it at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery that need to be neutralized. It will require a lot of careful work.

By Susan Phillips and Dana Bate/WHYY

The Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery accounts for almost 16 percent of the city's carbon footprint, according to a City report that describes how to make deep cuts in carbon emissions.

Jessica Cutaiar never liked the taste of the well water at her Sellersville home. Now she knows it is contaminated with PFAS, a chemical used in fire retardant foam.

Residents with PFAS-contaminated private well water in limbo as DEP investigates cause

Those with private wells close to bases where PFAS chemicals were used have received bottled water. But some places are too far away for the contamination to be the direct result of training exercises, and too far away to have been tested by the Environmental Protection Agency.

By Dana Bate/WHYY

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.

Philadelphia officials to convene working group on the PES refinery fire, while residents rally to shut the plant down

City says the refinery explosion, fire did not impact public health
By Susan Phillips and Dana Bate/WHYY

Refinery fire in South Philadelphia Friday January 21, 2019.

Investigations of Philadelphia refinery fire to include potential release of dangerous chemical

Hydrogen fluoride is used in the process of turning crude oil into gasoline at PES, but a release of the chemical could have had deadly consequences.

By Susan Phillips and Dana Bate/WHYY
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