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Wolf allocates $3.8M to towns for PFAS treatment, eliminating surcharges on water bills

Gov. Tom Wolf announced Thursday $3.8 million in funding for water treatment in Horsham, Warminster, Warrington, and Warwick townships.

By Dana Bate, WHYY

Dangerous South Philly refinery chemical still poses threat to community

Hydrofluoric acid is ‘special’ and ‘very dangerous’ — and there are 33,000 gallons of it at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery that need to be neutralized. It will require a lot of careful work.

By Susan Phillips and Dana Bate, WHYY


Residents with PFAS-contaminated private well water in limbo as DEP investigates cause

Those with private wells close to bases where PFAS chemicals were used have received bottled water. But some places are too far away for the contamination to be the direct result of training exercises, and too far away to have been tested by the Environmental Protection Agency.

By Dana Bate, WHYY

Philadelphia officials to convene working group on the PES refinery fire, while residents rally to shut the plant down

City says the refinery explosion, fire did not impact public health
By Susan Phillips and Dana Bate, WHYY

Investigations of Philadelphia refinery fire to include potential release of dangerous chemical

Hydrogen fluoride is used in the process of turning crude oil into gasoline at PES, but a release of the chemical could have had deadly consequences.

By Susan Phillips and Dana Bate, WHYY


FDA, USDA food safety rules have loopholes, report says. The government shutdown only makes them harder to close

Last year was a bad one for food recalls, and, according to a new report, that’s part of a potentially worrying trend.

By Dana Bate, WHYY