East Liverpool, just across the Pennsylvania border northwest of Pittsburgh, has a history of welcoming polluting businesses because people need the jobs. But some residents fault city leaders and regulators for failing to protect them.
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An independent consultant’s risk assessment said someone would be more likely to die from falling down stairs than in a pipeline explosion. Yet a leak would be more likely to ignite in a densely populated area because there are more ignition sources.
A new legislative report, almost two years in the making, calls on Pennsylvania lawmakers to take steps that could prevent the early closure of two nuclear plants. Critics say bailing out struggling plants is the wrong move.
Governor Tom Wolf said climate change is, “one of the big issues we have to deal with.”
Climate-related risks to Pennsylvanians include frequent extreme weather events, injury and death from those extreme weather events, threats to human health through air pollution, diminished water quality, and heat stress.
An administrative law judge for the state Public Utility Commission heard a second day of testimony Friday on whether to continue to allow operation of the controversial Mariner East pipelines while she reviews a request that the lines be permanently shut down. Several residents say Sunoco’s public awareness plan in the event of a leak is inadequate.
Dozens of groups including environmental organizations, legal scholars, churches, and local governments argue Pennsylvania has the legal authority and constitutional duty to act on climate change.