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Pa. House measure aims to protect vulnerable communities from heavy pollution burden

The bill would let state regulators deny permits if a plant would create too much of a burden on environmental justice communities.

By Rachel McDevitt

Pa. seeks input on protecting communities with high pollution burdens

The Shapiro Administration is rolling out an interim final policy and collecting public comment before officially enacting it.

By Rachel McDevitt

Pa. officials seek environmental justice concerns to shape climate planning

DEP plans to use the feedback in a new guide for addressing climate in EJ areas. 

By Rachel McDevitt

Pennsylvania environmental group pushing for air quality monitors in Delaware County communities

The monitors are meant to track the amounts of pollutants like ozone, particulate matter, and carbon monoxide in the air. 

By Adriana Delagarza

Major export terminal pitched in Chester sets up clash between Biden’s LNG, environmental justice goals

Penn America Energy wants to construct a massive LNG export terminal along the Delaware River in Chester.

By Susan Phillips and Kenny Cooper/WHYY

Pennsylvania looks to better help communities with high pollution burdens, seeks public input

The new policy will govern how the state approaches issues of environmental justice–which is the principle that all people have the right to be protected from environmental hazards and to live in a healthy environment.

By Rachel McDevitt

Wolf Administration says it wants to improve environmental justice policy

Environmental justice areas include low-income neighborhoods and communities of color that shoulder more than a typical share of climate and environmental risks that can affect people’s health.

By Rachel McDevitt

Climate activists set their sights on the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission

Gov. Wolf needs to appoint two new commissioners this fall to fill vacancies on the five-member board, but faces pushback in the state Senate, which opposes Pa.’s plans to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

By Susan Phillips