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EPA Ordered to Relax Cross-State Air Pollution Rule

It’s back to the drawing board for the EPA in its efforts to prevent cross-state air pollution.

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Flood Levels are Becoming the New Normal

You might be noticing high waters along the rivers. But they aren’t necessarily unusual, and they may be a sign of what's to come.

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Pittsburgh Streamlines Rules for Backyard Farms

A new ordinance in Pittsburgh has made it easier than ever to bring a piece of the farm into the city.

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Your Environment Update for June 18, 2015

In this week’s Environment Update, we take a look at an avian flu epidemic on Pennsylvania’s doorstep, and hear how the Pope is throwing himself into the climate debate.

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Your Environment Update for June 5, 2015

In this week’s Environment Update: A new study finds a link between fracking and low birth weights in Pennsylvania; Pittsburgh joins the bike share nation; and we take a look at how Pittsburgh’s air pollution is affecting cyclists—even off the road.

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Your Environment Update for May 28

It's tick season. And state officials are warning it could be a bad year for the Lyme-carrying variety.

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State Hears Comments on New Fracking Regulations

More than 70 speakers signed up to speak at the Department of Environmental Protection hearing in Washington, Pa. It was the first of three hearings scheduled for the latest round of proposed changes to Pennsylvania’s drilling regulations.

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Wolf’s Environmental Chief Questioned on Gas Tax, New Drilling Rules

Governor Tom Wolf’s pick to head the state Department of Environmental Protection is defending the administration’s recent decision to disband an advisory committee that oversees oil and gas regulations.

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Wolf Budget Includes Energy Efficiency and Renewables

The biggest headline grabber from Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s budget proposal is a new severance tax on the oil and gas industry, with much of the revenue going to schools. Leaders in state’s environmental community say they’re pleased with other pieces of the budget plan as well.

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Oil Train Derailment in West Virginia Ignites Safety Debate

A train hauling crude oil derailed and exploded in West Virginia this week, causing a fire that lasted for days. At least 125 residents were evacuated from their homes, one person was injured from smoke inhalation. The CSX train was hauling 3 million gallons of crude oil from the Bakkan shale in North Dakota.

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