States may be able to stop monitoring at some sites, and power plants have more time to close leaking ash ponds.
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A family of chemicals — known as PFAS and responsible for marvels like Teflon and critical to the safety of American military bases — has now emerged as a far greater menace than previously disclosed.
A company is building a shale gas well a few hundred feet from the route, and hikers can’t help but notice it. But the trail already skirts roads, power lines, and a coal ash pile.
Sunoco has said the project is nearly finished. Demonstrators said the project’s violations — and the fact that the line was recently struck by a contractor — are reasons to shut it down.
In a letter to the PUC, the commissioners said local officials haven’t seen some key emergency information, and are learning about “the majority of issues” regarding the Mariner East project from media and residents.
The company said that the judge’s decision means a utility would have to prove a project is safe even if no “credible evidence or properly-supported expert testimony” has been offered to show a project threatens public safety.
Pennsylvania has ended what had become common practice for municipalities that wanted to suppress dust on unpaved roads. A study found that some chemicals wash away during rain — and that when the road dries, contaminants can get into the air.