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New climate law has a hidden benefit for coal miners: Permanent funding for black lung

Passage of the Inflation Reduction Act, the Democrats’ large climate and health care bill, included one provision aimed at helping miners afflicted by black lung disease.

By Reid Frazier

Allegheny County’s last coal-fired power plant is closing

EPA data showed the plant emitted 608,000 tons of carbon dioxide in 2020, the equivalent of 129,000 cars on the road.

By Reid Frazier

Proposed coal mine in Allegheny County hits roadblock at township meeting

The land previously housed a coal mine, but parts of it is now zoned residential and conservation. The company wants the township to rezone it for industrial use. 

By Reid Frazier

Biden administration officials eye more money for land restoration projects in Pennsylvania

Federal investment in the cleanup of abandoned mines and wells will boost local economies, they say.

By Madison Goldberg

Report offers case studies for how Pa. could help areas affected by RGGI

The report from the Ohio River Valley Institute outlines what’s been done in four states, two in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and two outside RGGI.

By Rachel McDevitt

Talen Energy agrees to protect Montour Preserve as part of coal phase-out plan

Conservationists say the agreement is a win for water quality and recreation in the middle Susquehanna watershed.

By Rachel McDevitt

One day, two hearings: Fossil fuels shift climate change messaging; Dems show rift on green transition

Two state capitol hearings featured coal and gas boosters, but scientists say we must phase out emissions by 2050 to avoid climate change’s worst effects.

By Rachel McDevitt