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Gov. Tom Wolf visits Taggart Elementary School in South Philadelphia to stump for legislation that would tax natural gas extraction to pay for school improvements.

Sunoco's Mariner East 2 pipeline construction on Pennell Road in Middletown Township. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Higher operating pressure prompts new safety concerns over Sunoco’s Mariner East 2X pipeline

Documents indicate Sunoco has a new maximum operating pressure for the line, which is under construction. An engineer who conducted a risk assessment of the Mariner East project said a higher pressure increases risk.

By Susan Phillips

Lisa Wardle and Marie Cusick play the REACT-OR board game at Dickinson College.

How Three Mile Island and the nuclear industry influenced popular culture

After the accident at Three Mile Island, Dickinson College teacher Lonna Malmsheimer interviewed about 400 residents. One thing she noticed was how many people turned to fiction to make sense of the real-world events around them.

By Lisa Wardle

This is the control room for the Unit 1 reactor at Exelon Corporation Three Mile Island nuclear generating station in Londonderry Township, Dauphin County. 
May 22, 2017.

What will become of Three Mile Island’s nuclear waste if the plant closes?

In the absence of a long-term solution, the country’s nuclear power plants are left with one option: indefinite on-site storage.

By Wallace McKelvey, PennLive

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Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale hosted a public hearing on how the state is responding to climate change on Penn State's University Park campus on March 14, 2019. It's the first of three hearings DePasquale plans.

Auditor general on climate change: Each disaster is ‘a hit to the state’s taxpayers’

Eugene DePasquale said he is gathering feedback for a report on how climate change-related issues could affect the state’s finances, and what actions the state can take.

By Min Xian, Keystone Crossroads

Chris Achenbach-Kimmel stands for a portrait at Elizabethtown College where she works.

Thyroid cancer study re-ignites debate over Three Mile Island accident’s health effects

The 2017 Penn State College of Medicine study found a certain type of thyroid cancer to be common to those who were near the nuclear plant during the accident.

By Brett Sholtis

Pennsylvania Governor Dick Thornburgh, left, announces the closing of schools in the area around the Three Mile Island PWR, on March 30, 1979, in Harrisburg, Pa., after an accident at the nuclear power plant led to the release of radioactive gas from the reactor into the atmosphere. The governor advised the evacuation of small children and pregnant women. Standing at right is Lt. Gov. William Scranton.

Watch: Gov. Thornburgh speaks two days after Three Mile Island partial meltdown

“We’re getting conflicting reports too,” Gov. Dick Thornburgh said in response to a reporter’s question at a press conference March 30, 1979.

By Lisa Wardle

At Toyota's LFA Works factory in Japan, workers install hydrogen fuel tanks in a new Mirai.

Amid global push to reduce carbon emissions, Japan looks past battery-powered electric cars and envisions a ‘hydrogen society’

Hydrogen fuel cell buses are on tap for 2020 Olympics, and more fuel stations are planned
By Susan Phillips

Three Mile Island power plant.
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