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In this May 24, 2012 photo, Route 61 is shown eroded and covered in graffiti in Centralia, Pa. Fifty years ago a fire at the town dump spread to a network of coal mines underneath hundreds of homes and business in the northeastern Pennsylvania borough of Centralia, eventually forcing the demolition of nearly every building.

Is Centralia’s Graffiti Highway art or vandalism?

An abandoned stretch of road brings thousands of tourists from across the United States to Centralia, Columbia County. Known as “Graffiti Highway,” it is one of the last landmarks in the once-bustling mining town.

By Staff

Little Blue Run, the largest coal ash pond east of the Mississippi, along the Pennsylvania-West Virginia border.
Updated: March 5, 2019 | 1:53 pm

Report: Coal Ash contamination widespread in U.S., PA

One western Pa. site has arsenic 372 times the 'safe' level
By Reid Frazier

In this photo, from 2015 Joe Main, third from left, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health, and Patricia Silvey, center, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Operations with MSHA, speak with workers at the Gibson North mine, in Princeton, Ind. Federal mining regulators in December 2017 indicated they were reconsidering rules meant to protect underground miners from breathing coal and rock dust - the cause of black lung - and diesel exhaust, which can cause cancer.

‘energy, explained’ podcast: The black lung disease epidemic that ‘shouldn’t have happened’

NPR reporter Howard Berkes joins StateImpact’s Reid Frazier to discuss regulatory failures — and the human cost, including to Pennsylvania miners — of a disease that has been described as ‘suffocating while alive.’

By Scott Blanchard

Tieyuan Zhu, left, and Eugene Morgan of Pennsylvania State University are part of a research team studying carbon storage. They are pictured here with a model that helps explain how carbon dioxide moves through rock underground.

At Penn State, researchers push for answers on carbon capture: Will it stay where we put it?

Technology seen as key to lessening effects of climate change
By Amy Sisk

PJM Interconnection headquarters in Audubon, Pennsylvania

PJM: There is no grid emergency (at least for the next five years)

The nation’s largest electric grid studied whether its reliance on natural gas could threaten the system. The answer: Not now, but a perfect storm of events could cause problems.

By Reid Frazier

The Bruce Mansfield Power Plant burns coal to generate electricity in Beaver County. Photo: Amy Sisk
Updated: August 29, 2018 | 9:28 pm

FirstEnergy to close Bruce Mansfield, state’s largest coal-fired power plant

The company says there is still time for a federal bailout to save its struggling coal plants
By Reid Frazier

Talen Energy's Brunner Island plant in York County.

Environmental groups say they’ll sue Brunner Island plant to stop pollution

The groups say the Brunner Island plant is discharging toxic pollutants including arsenic, boron, sulfate, and lithium from its unlined coal ash waste ponds.

By Marie Cusick

The Cumberland Mine in Greene County, Pa.

Greene County coal mine seeks increased seasonal pollution limit

After water quality in Monongahela River improves, company requests regulations relaxed
By Reid Frazier

Little Blue Run coal ash pond, on the Pennsylvania-West Virginia border.

Trump administration rolls back coal ash rules aimed at groundwater protection

States may be able to stop monitoring at some sites, and power plants have more time to close leaking ash ponds.

By Reid Frazier

The Bruce Mansfield Power Plant burns coal to generate electricity in Beaver County.

Report: Draft memo points to Trump invoking national security in bailing out coal, nuclear

Plan could cost ratepayers more in mid-Atlantic, guarantee profits for some power plants
By Reid Frazier
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