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Jessica Cutaiar never liked the taste of the well water at her Sellersville home. Now she knows it is contaminated with PFAS, a chemical used in fire retardant foam.

A third of Pa. drinking water samples contained toxic chemicals. The state says there’s ‘no widespread contamination’

Amid federal inaction, there's no consensus on how much of the PFAS class of chemicals is too much.
By Brett Sholtis

The team known informally as the

Trailblazing group of attorneys who enforced Pennsylvania environmental laws in 1970s looks to ‘rise again’

New environmental laws and the creation of the EPA created an opening for what became informally known as the “environmental strike force.” Now, some of them want to take up the cause again.

By Marie Cusick

Little Blue Run coal ash impoundment.

Trump administration proposes rollbacks for two Obama-era coal pollution rules

Rules on coal ash ponds, wastewater from coal-fired power plants are targetted
By Reid Frazier

Methane leaks throughout the entire process of developing natural gas-- from well sites, to storage and processing facilities and pipelines.

American Federation of Government Employees officials protest the new contract which requires them to vacate their offices in EPA headquarters across the country this week.

The Horsham Air Guard Station in Bucks County, Pa. where the use of PFAS chemicals in firefighting foam has been linked with contamination of local water supplies.
Updated: February 14, 2019 | 4:02 pm

EPA says it will start process to regulate PFOA and PFOS this year

Critics say long-awaited Action Plan on PFAS represents the latest delay in protecting public health
By Jon Hurdle and Susan Phillips

The Horsham Air Guard Station in Bucks County, Pa. where the use of PFAS chemicals in firefighting foam has been linked with contamination of local water supplies.

Wolf sets up government panel to study PFAS chemicals

Contamination has been found at sites including Montgomery, Bucks and Franklin counties. Pennsylvania doesn’t have health limits on the chemicals, and a Wolf administration spokesman said the governor wants the state to establish such limits.

By Jon Hurdle

The Schuylkill river at dusk in Philadelphia. The river is a popular fishing spot. In 2018, the New Jersey DEP began testing fish for the family of chemicals known as PFAS and issued fish advisories. New Jersey has stricter limits on PFAS exposure than Pennsylvania.

As public concern on PFAS rises, EPA urged to set enforceable health standard

At Congressional hearing, advocates say federal government needs to address contamination concerns
By Jon Hurdle

The Horsham Air Guard Station in Bucks County, Pa. where the use of PFAS chemicals in firefighting foam has been linked with contamination of local water supplies.

EPA urged to set national standards to protect public health from PFAS chemicals

The agency held a public event north of Philadelphia in a community where elevated levels of the toxic chemical have been found. Several people said the federal government needs to take more action than it has so far.

By Jon Hurdle

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, under scrutiny for lavish spending and alleged ethics violations, resigned on Thursday, July 5.
Updated: July 5, 2018 | 7:57 pm

Scott Pruitt’s resignation welcomed by lawmakers from both parties

Environmentalists called Pruitt a ‘disgrace’ who favored industry while enriching himself as the EPA’s administrator. A union leader representing EPA workers in Philadelphia said he hopes the change brings ‘normalcy’ and helps restore America’s confidence in the agency.

By Jon Hurdle and Susan Phillips
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