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A crowd gathered to hear discussion about climate change adaptation, resilience, and social equity at the University of Pennsylvania’s Kleinman Center for Energy Policy on Thursday, Sept. 12 in Philadelphia. The event was produced by StateImpact Pennsylvania, WHYY and the Kleinman Center.
Updated: September 13, 2019 | 11:43 am

What we learned from StateImpact Pennsylvania’s forum in Philadelphia on climate change adaptation, resilience, and social equity

Panelists discussed how climate change is affecting vulnerable communities, and talked about potential solutions.

By Emily Pontecorvo/WHYY

A group of middle school students who met at West Chester Friends School brought the idea of the plastics ban to the council.

West Chester bag ban sends message to state lawmakers

Council members wavered at the hearing — fearing a lawsuit if they passed the ban. But inspired by nearly two hours of impassioned speeches, they voted to pass it, though it would not be enacted until the end of the state moratorium on such bans.

By Emily Pontecorvo/WHYY

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.

A pickup truck that runs on compressed natural gas (CNG).

Delaware County chemical plant fined $750,000 for air pollution violations

Plant produces chemicals used in hair dye, cleaning products, and water treatment systems
By Emily Pontecorvo/WHYY

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 after a fire destroyed one of its units.

Refinery’s closure sparks calls for a ‘just transition’ in Philadelphia

Two very different views toward what should happen to it mirror a conversation that’s taking place across the country: How do we move toward a low-carbon future without displacing the more than one million people who make their living in fossil fuels?

By Emily Pontecorvo/WHYY

The Delaware City Refining Company will pay a $950,000 penalty for violations of the Clean Air Act dating to 2010. The settlement does not cover violations from a fire that broke out in February, releasing hydrogen sulfide and sulfur dioxide into the air.

Philadelphia Energy Solutions' refinery.
Updated: July 11, 2019 | 3:34 pm

Philadelphia Energy Solutions extends pay for refinery workers

Majority workers will now get paid until the end of August.
By Emily Pontecorvo/WHYY

The Philadelphia skyline is seen along the banks of the Delaware River.