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The New York Public Service Commission could make a decision this week that would have a big impact on the state's solar industry. Advocates for small solar producers worry they’ll be left behind. 

MARIE CUSICK/ STATEIMPACT PENNSYLVANIA

Opponents of the Atlantic Sunrise natural gas pipeline say they’re being threatened and harassed by a Lancaster County municipality for allegedly misusing a barn as part of a protest encampment. Condemnation notices placed on the Conestoga Township barn Monday cite zoning and building codes, which prohibit the farm from being used as an encampment and the use of the barn for non-agricultural purposes. 

How EPA Cuts Could Impact Pennsylvania

Mar 8, 2017
AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster

With the Trump administration proposing to cut the EPA’s budget by about 25 percent, according to recently leaked documents, state environmental budgets could be impacted as well. 

Nuclear Regulatory Commission

The New York State Assembly held a hearing Monday on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to spend $8 billion in subsidies to keep three upstate nuclear power plants operating for the next 12 years. But no one from the Cuomo administration showed up. 

Tom Magnarelli, WRVO

SYRACUSE (WRVO) - Converting from fossil fuel heating systems to electric will help meet New York state’s climate goals and make home heating more affordable, according to a new study. The initial cost of installing electric systems is steep but the report says there are ways the state could help. 

MARIE CUSICK/ STATEIMPACT PENNSYLVANIA

As authorities clear out the Dakota Access pipeline protest camp, battles have flared up in other states, including Pennsylvania, which has become a major hub of natural gas development. Anti-pipeline activists recently launched an encampment in Lancaster County, and they’ve been coordinating with groups around the country.

MARIE CUSICK/ STATEIMPACT PENNSYLVANIA

Opponents of the Atlantic Sunrise natural gas pipeline have raised tens of thousands of dollars for a new encampment in Lancaster County, but most of the money is from one source–  British cosmetics firm, Lush. Lancaster Against Pipelines recently received $22,000 through a Lush program called Charity Pot. 

MARIE CUSICK/ STATEIMPACT PENNSYLVANIA

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is working on a plan to avoid losing control over its safe drinking water program, along with millions in federal dollars. 

DNREC WETLAND MONITORING AND ASSESSMENT PROGRAM

On the campaign trail, President Trump promised to get rid of regulations, especially those designed to protect the environment. One of those regulations has to do with water. In fact very small bodies of water. 

Katie Meyer

HARRISBURG (WSKG) -- A recent report has given Pennsylvania a failing grade for its efforts to protect children from high levels of lead in the water at their schools.

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