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Environmental Group Fined By PA's Ethics Commission

Apr 13, 2017
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One of Pennsylvania’s leading environmental organizations is being fined by the state ethics commission for failing to file a quarterly lobbying expense report on time. PennEnvironment has 30 days to pay the $1,960 fine over its delinquent quarterly expense report from the second quarter of 2016.  

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Farmers got a victory in the New York budget this year. Food banks did too. But advocates of composting and food recycling did not get the change they wanted.

Governor Cuomo had proposed a mandate that all large generators of food waste would have to donate usable food and then recycle - or compost - the rest. But that idea didn't make it across the budget finish line.

Hackathon Aims To Clean Lake Erie

Apr 10, 2017
ELIZABETH MILLER / GREAT LAKES TODAY

CLEVELAND (GREAT LAKES TODAY) - Pollution and other problems plague areas all over the Great Lakes region. And they can make drinking or swimming dangerous.  There’s plenty of blame to go around for this – city water utilities, agriculture, and politicians to name a few. 

Reid Frazier, The Allegheny Front

Standing beneath a tangle of pipes, duct work and grated catwalks at BASF’s massive ethylene plant in Port Arthur, Texas, Andy Miller points to a large metal box a few feet above his head. Inside, a fire burning at 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit produces an industrial-scale whine. 

Ellen Abbott, WRVO

One hundred fifty truck shipments of radioactive waste could be traveling along Interstate-81 from Canada to South Carolina for the next several years. That has city officials in Syracuse worried about the potential dangers if there is an accident. 

JOANNE CASSARO/ WITF

Amid slowing demand for electricity and a glut of cheap natural gas, the nuclear power industry is having a hard time competing. Last year Exelon’s Three Mile Island plant near Harrisburg didn’t clear an auction for the future sale of its electricity, fueling speculation it could shut down prematurely. 

New reports out of the White House shine more light on the proposed 31 percent cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency. President Trump’s current plan would eliminate 25 percent of  EPA jobs. And it would slash water protection programs, including clean-up of the Chesapeake Bay. 

Plastic Bag Bans Spark Debate In Great Lakes Region

Apr 3, 2017
Veronica Volk

GREAT LAKES TODAY - On a tiny beach at Erie Basin Marina in Buffalo, N.Y., Nate Drag scans the sand and driftwood. He's part of the Alliance for the Great Lakes, and he helps organize beach clean ups.

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According to a new report from the group PennEnvironment, only 17 percent of environmental or health violations by fracking companies in Pennsylvania resulted in fines. And when companies did get fined, the penalties were relatively small. In fact, the report found the median fine was just $5,263. 

MARK SCHMERLING VIA FRACTRACKER ALLIANCE

Environmental regulators are launching a statewide “listening tour” in April, focused on environmental justice. In Pennsylvania an environmental justice (EJ) zone is defined as a census tract where at least 20 percent of people live in poverty and/or at least 30 percent of the population is minority. 

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