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Watchdog reporter covering politics, environmental issues and the "sin beat." Contact me at wmckelvey@pennlive.com or follow me on Twitter @wjmckelvey

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Toxic PFAS chemicals, found across Pennsylvania, get the Hollywood treatment

Dark Waters dramatizes the true story of a former corporate lawyer who exposed the effects of toxic PFAS chemicals discharged into a creek in West Virginia.
By Wallace McKelvey/PennLive

Why this season of tornadoes in Pa. has been ‘absolutely berserk’; a meteorologist explains

“What you’re seeing here is not unusual. What made it noteworthy is how persistent and stubborn that pattern has been.”
By Wallace McKelvey/PennLive

Is Pennsylvania the ‘broken’ link when it comes to curbing water pollution?

“A chain is only as strong as its weakest link, and that is also true for the partnership working to restore water quality across the region.”
By Wallace McKelvey/PennLive

Water pollution proposal faces mounting opposition from Pa. Legislature

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.

By Wallace McKelvey/PennLive

Recreational marijuana in Pennsylvania: What should legalization look like?

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.

By Wallace McKelvey/PennLive

PFAS chemicals in drinking water: How one Pa. homeowner took matters into his own hands

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.

By Wallace McKelvey/PennLive

What will become of Three Mile Island’s nuclear waste if the plant closes?

In the absence of a long-term solution, the country’s nuclear power plants are left with one option: indefinite on-site storage.

By Wallace McKelvey/PennLive