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We Need Your Help to Strengthen Protections for EJ Communities

By Tonya Yoders / April 12, 2022
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Currently, the OEJ Is accepting written comments on the draft policy. This is our chance to tell the OEJ that this policy has some great components to it, but there are some areas for improvement.

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Close the Loophole in State Laws Governing the Disposal of Toxic Drilling Waste

By Phoenix White / August 9, 2021
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Because of a shortsighted exemption made 30 years ago, Pennsylvanians are exposed daily to potentially toxic and radioactive waste produced by the oil and gas industry. For the last three decades, these companies have taken advantage of a loophole in state laws governing the disposal of toxic drilling waste.

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Dutch Fork Lake: We Cannot Afford to Lose it Again

By Ethan Story / April 20, 2021
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Tunnel Ridge mine is moving closer and closer to Dutch Fork Lake, located in Washington County. Recently the mine has proposed a revision to add on over 5,300 acres of development mining under the feeder streams to Dutch Fork and Dutch Fork Lake itself. The purpose of development mining is to set up the panels for longwall, full-extraction mining.

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Virtual Town Hall

140 Residents Attended Last Week’s Virtual Town Hall on the PA Department of Health’s Response to Local Cancer Crisis

By Heaven Sensky / December 8, 2020
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Screenshot of the November 19th Virtual Town Hall event On November 22, 2019, Governor Tom Wolf announced that the state would commit $3 million to study the health impacts of fracking in Southwestern Pennsylvania communities after reports showed an alarming number of children in our area were diagnosed with rare childhood cancers. Since then, there […]

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Tell Harrisburg That Burning Our Trash is NOT Recycling!

By Ethan Story / November 19, 2020
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When we hear the term “recycling,” many of us think about glass, paper, or plastic being sent to a facility to be broken down and then re-constructed into another product. However, House Rep. Ryan Mackenzie, serving Lehigh and Berks County, has a completely different idea. His idea of recycling is to take plastic and burn […]

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Standing Up for Racial Justice

By Veronica Coptis / June 11, 2020
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Over this past weekend, there were two actions to demand the end to police violence on black lives. One in Washington, PA with about 400 people in attendance and another in California, PA with about 150 people joining in. In recent years, coming together to demonstrate and to collectively create change has not been the […]

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