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The proposal calls for $4.5 billion in infrastructure initiatives over four years, funded by a severance tax on natural gas. It would be targeted at things like mitigating flooding, addressing blight and expanding broadband access.
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.
A proposed multi-million dollar above-ground transmission line project, which would go through Franklin and York counties, will financially affect all Pennsylvania ratepayers, but by how much still remains a mystery.
“You’re not going to hear me say we can dictate what happens on that site, but I think we can have some influence on what happens at that site,” Philadelphia Managing Director Brian Abernathy said.
A year ago, four environmental groups threatened to sue over Clean Water Act violations, saying the plant was discharging toxic pollutants from its unlined coal ash ponds.
The state’s open records office ruled some documents related to a ‘blast radius’ or ‘buffer zone’ should be public. But the Public Utility Commission is asking Commonwealth Court to agree that the data should stay private.
EnergySolutions would buy the site from the reactor’s owner, First Energy. The deal does not include the still-operational Unit 1 reactor.
The power grid operator’s board has received appeals from around the country to ensure its next leader prioritizes clean energy