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Sierra Club, Brunner Island agree: Plant will move from coal to natural gas

A coal-fired power plant in York County has agreed to burn cleaner natural gas under a settlement reached with the Sierra Club. The Brunner Island Power Plant had come under fire by environmentalists for air and water pollution. The Sierra Club and Talen Energy, which operates the plant, have reached an agreement to avoid a [...]

Coke plant agrees to $1.5 million penalty for air pollution in western Pa. community

The world’s largest steelmaker has agreed to pay nearly $2 million because of air pollution violations at a Westmoreland County coke plant. In a settlement filed Wednesday in federal court in Pittsburgh, ArcelorMittal agreed to pay $1.5 million to state and federal regulators, and donate $300,000 to a local charity to implement clean air programs. [...]

Activists: Clean up Coke Plant

A group of activists demanded Allegheny County health officials rein in air pollution from the largest coke plant in North America. The Clairton Coke Works is one of the biggest pollution sources in Western Pennsylvania. The Allegheny County Health Department determined the plant violated the terms of its air permits 6,700 times over a 3 ½ [...]

Overall methane emissions from shale industry rise, other air pollutants down

Climate-damaging methane emissions, as well as volatile organic compounds from Pennsylvania’s shale gas industry are on the rise, while other harmful air pollutants have decreased, according to new data released Thursday by the state Department of Environmental Protection. The methane uptick is largely due to growth in the number of facilities filing reports, the agency says, [...]

Shell, environmental groups reach deal on air monitoring for ethane cracker

Shell Chemical Appalachia has reached a settlement agreement with two environmental groups that had challenged the air permit for its new petrochemical plant being built near Pittsburgh. The deal follows more than two years of negotiations and requires Shell to do more air quality monitoring, including installing fenceline monitoring, which can quickly detect emission spikes. [...]

New fracking reports clash over effects on health, environment, climate change

A long-running fight over whether unconventional oil and natural gas development harms air, water and human health entered its latest round with the simultaneous release of reports from both camps claiming accumulating evidence for their arguments. Two groups of physicians on Thursday released their latest compilation of scientific studies, government and industry reports, and journalistic investigations [...]

DEP to expand air quality monitoring for natural gas sites

State environmental regulators are planning a major expansion of air quality monitoring, which will be focused on Marcellus Shale natural gas infrastructure. “We heard the concerns of shalefield residents, and we are responding,” John Quigley, head of the state Department of Environmental Protection said in a teleconference announcement Wednesday. “We have been looking at the [...]

Pennsylvania study finds link between gas drilling and premature births

Women are more likely to have premature babies and high-risk pregnancies the more they are exposed to unconventional natural gas development, according to a new study based on more than 10,000 babies born in the shale-gas region of Pennsylvania. The study, released by Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health on Thursday, found that [...]

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