- The Context
- State of the State
The state currently employs 14 biologists responsible to monitor 81,000 miles of waterway. That workload means it would take 30 years for them to complete federally mandated pollution assessments.
Various proposals are circulating around Harrisburg, including one bill that would allow marijuana consumption by anyone over 21 years old, allow private citizens to grow up to six plants for personal use and create a path toward expunging past criminal convictions.
Pennsylvania would have to adopt a formal maximum contaminant level (MCL) in order to require all of the state’s systems to test for PFAS chemicals. Private water well owners would have to test their own water.
In the absence of a long-term solution, the country’s nuclear power plants are left with one option: indefinite on-site storage.