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PUC ordered Sunoco to produce its calculations on Mariner East blast zones

Regulator demanded information on how local population would be affected by any pipeline failure
By Jon Hurdle

Poll: Broad support for Wolf’s plan to tax gas drillers to pay for infrastructure upgrades

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.

By Marie Cusick

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

Updated: August 9, 2019 | 7:59 am

Pipeline experts say vapor buildup likely led to explosion at Chester County pump station

It looks like pilot light ignited excess hydrocarbons when it was re-lit, experts say
By Jon Hurdle

Pa. Public Utility hearings scheduled to review controversial power line project moved to October

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.

By Jana Benscoter, PennLive

After refinery fire, Philadelphia creates advisory group to discuss the site’s future

“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.

By Susan Phillips

Brunner Island plant will pay $1 million fine for coal ash pollution

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.

By Marie Cusick

Delaware County pipeline foe thought he’d get PUC information on Mariner East risk. But now he’ll have to fight for it in court

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.

By Jon Hurdle

Three Mile Island Unit 2, site of nation’s worst nuclear accident, to be sold, dismantled

EnergySolutions would buy the site from the reactor’s owner, First Energy. The deal does not include the still-operational Unit 1 reactor.

By Marie Cusick

Cities, attorneys general call for new leader of PJM Interconnection to focus on clean energy

The power grid operator’s board has received appeals from around the country to ensure its next leader prioritizes clean energy

By Marie Cusick
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