Marie Cusick

As the Harrisburg reporter for StateImpact Pennsylvania, Marie Cusick covers energy and environmental issues for public radio stations statewide. She’s also part of NPR’s energy and environment team, which coordinates coverage between the network and select member station reporters around the country. Her work frequently airs on NPR shows including Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition. Since 2012, Marie has closely followed the political, social, environmental, and economic effects of Pennsylvania’s natural gas boom. Her work has been recognized at the regional and national levels– honors include a Sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society of Professional Journalists and a national Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio Television Digital News Association. Previously, Marie was a multimedia reporter for WMHT in Albany, New York and covered technology for the station’s statewide public affairs TV show, New York NOW. In 2018, she became StateImpact’s first FAA-licensed drone pilot.

Latest by Marie Cusick

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Trailblazing group of attorneys who enforced Pennsylvania environmental laws in 1970s looks to ‘rise again’

New environmental laws and the creation of the EPA created an opening for what became informally known as the “environmental strike force.” Now, some of them want to take up the cause again.

By Marie Cusick

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

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

The Brunner Island coal-fired plant located on the west bank of Susquehanna River.

Brunner Island plant will pay $1 million fine for coal ash pollution

A year ago, four environmental groups threatened to sue over Clean Water Act violations, saying the plant was discharging toxic pollutants from its unlined coal ash ponds.

By Marie Cusick

PFAS are toxic chemicals commonly found in clothing and non-stick cookware like teflon. This file photo from April 2019 shows York County homeowner Nathan Volpi, who found out getting his water tested was neither easy nor cheap.

Navy site in Mechanicsburg to host PFAS open house

As part of a Navy-wide effort, the installation, which serves as a warehousing and logistics site, has reached out to nearby residents who have private water wells to do testing.

By Marie Cusick

Exelon's Three Mile Island plant is scheduled to prematurely close in September 2019. The company has been lobbying for help from the state to keep it open.

Three Mile Island Unit 2, site of nation’s worst nuclear accident, to be sold, dismantled

EnergySolutions would buy the site from the reactor’s owner, First Energy. The deal does not include the still-operational Unit 1 reactor.

By Marie Cusick

PJM Interconnection headquarters in Audubon, Pennsylvania

Cities, attorneys general call for new leader of PJM Interconnection to focus on clean energy

The power grid operator’s board has received appeals from around the country to ensure its next leader prioritizes clean energy

By Marie Cusick

The Fort Indiantown Gap National Guard training center in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania is the only known habitat for the Regal Fritillary butterfly in the eastern U.S.

This rare butterfly has found refuge at an unlikely place: a Pennsylvania military base

Military land may seem a surprising haven for wildlife, but it can be, because it often isn’t welcoming to lots of people and development.

By Marie Cusick

In this June 2012 photo, Michael Hall, 2, pulls down the edge of the pool while others swim  in Philadelphia. Climate change has already brought hotter weather to the state, where some areas have warmed 2 degrees in 30 years.

A spotted lanternfly nymph.

State officials ask for public’s help combating spotted lanternfly

The insect is seen as a significant threat to Pennsylvania’s grape, tree fruit, hardwood and nursery industries.

By Marie Cusick