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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..

Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery in South Philadelphia. Workers are in the process of neutralizing a highly toxic substance as part of a shut down.

Rosemary Fuller, an anti-pipeline activist, urged Gov. Tom Wolf to halt construction of the Mariner East pipelines.

Wolf tells pipeline activists he won’t shut down Mariner East

Gov. Tom Wolf met Chester County residents at a pipeline construction site. After one resident expressed concerns about pipeline safety, Wolf said, “I fully agree that we should do a better job but we disagree on whether we should keep doing this or not.”

By Jon Hurdle

A man water-skis behind a boat on the Susquehanna River, as seen from City Island. In the foreground is the Pride of the Susquehanna boat. The state Capitol is visible across the river.

Environmental group finds dangerous E. coli levels in Susquehanna River

Environmental Integrity Project is calling on the state to help fix Harrisburg’s sewer and stormwater system. The water authority is considering adding a stormwater impact fee to city residents and property owners to help pay for upgrades.

By Brett Sholtis

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

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.

‘Great progress’ in South Philly refinery cleanup, fire commissioner says

About half of the original 30,000 gallons of highly toxic hydrofluoric acid remains. “A good week,” Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Adam Thiel says.
By Susan Phillips

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
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