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ELIZABETH MILLER / GREAT LAKES TODAY

(GREAT LAKES TODAY) - The Paris Climate Accord is designed to have a worldwide reach -- all the way to Paris Township, Mich., near the shore of Lake Huron. And now that President Trump has pulled the United States out of the Paris agreement, we offer a summary of some climate-related issues in the Great Lakes region. 

Emma Lee, WHYY

President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the landmark Paris climate accord isn’t likely to derail Pennsylvania’s efforts to curb methane emissions, and it strengthens Philadelphia’s determination to set its own climate policy, officials said. 

governorandrewcuomo / Flickr

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he’ll sign an executive order committing the state to meet the Paris climate accord standards, calling President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the agreement “reckless” and “irresponsible.”

Joe Ulrich, WITF

Exelon has announced it will prematurely close the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in September 2019—15 years before its license expires. The plant’s been unable to compete. Like coal companies, the nuclear power industry faces slowing demand for electricity, along with a glut of cheaper natural gas and renewables. Around the country, five nuclear plants have retired in the past five years, and another five are scheduled to close within a decade. 

MARIE CUSICK/ STATEIMPACT PENNSYLVANIA

Two starkly different versions of reality were on display Wednesday morning at the state Capitol in Harrisburg. Inside the building, a joint hearing by Republicans from the Senate Majority Policy Committee and Environmental Resources and Energy Committee examined the economic benefits natural gas production has brought Pennsylvania– withskyrocketing production, tens of thousands of new jobs, and more than a billion dollars in impact fee revenue

Ellen Abbott, WRVO

SYRACUSE (WRVO) - There’s only a little more than a week left for the public to weigh in on plans to restore wildlife and recreation on Onondaga Lake. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will then put together a final plan for the lake. 

Trump Budget Plan Targets Great Lakes Funding

May 24, 2017
ELIZABETH MILLER / GREAT LAKES TODAY

(Great Lakes Today) - The Trump administration released details of its 2018 budget plan yesterday. As expected, it eliminates a $300 million program to help the Great Lakes. But that isn’t the only environmental program targeted. 

MARIE CUSICK/ STATEIMPACT PENNSYLVANIA

The state senate unanimously approved Governor Tom Wolf’s pick to head the state Department of Environmental Protection on Monday. DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell has been at the helm of the agency for nearly a year. He was appointed last May after the abrupt departure of his predecessor, John Quigley, who was ensnared in controversy over an angry email he sent to some environmental groups.  

Older PA Gas Storage Wells Prone To Methane Leaks

May 24, 2017
SCOTT DETROW, StateImpact Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania has hundreds of underground natural gas storage sites that are vulnerable to methane leaks because they were built at least 60 years ago, and were probably never designed to store gas, according to a Harvard University study released on Tuesday. 

Maguis & David / Flickr

The state senate has advanced a bill that could upend an ongoing legal challenge by two environmental groups seeking to restrict coal mining beneath a western Pennsylvania state park. With the backing of senate GOP leadership, SB 624 was approved by a committee Monday in an 8-4 party line vote

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