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Archive: Closing Haz Loophole

The latest on the efforts to close the hazardous waste loophole in PA

By Lisa DePaoli / September 30, 2021
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Under current PA law, oil and gas waste is not classified as hazardous, although it contains radioactive and other dangerous materials. This waste is allowed to be disposed of in our local landfills. Eventually, some of this waste makes its way into our streams and rivers, posing a health risk to all Pennsylvanians. CCJ has […]

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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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NRDC’s Report: There is Radioactive Waste in our Water, Air, and Communities

By Ethan Story / August 5, 2021
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Last week, the NRDC released a comprehensive report highlighting the gaps in our federal and state laws concerning how radioactive waste, generated from oil and gas development, gets into our water and air. The report, which is aptly titled: A Hot Fracking Mess: How Weak Regulations of Oil and Gas Production Leads to Radioactive Waste […]

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Reintroduced bill would finally close Pennsylvania’s hazardous waste loophole

By Lisa DePaoli / May 13, 2021
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Today, State Representative Sara Innamorato (D-Allegheny) and Senator Katie Muth (D-Berks, Chester, Montgomery) have reintroduced legislation to protect public health by closing a 30-year-old loophole in state laws governing the disposal of toxic drilling waste.

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Press Release: Environmental organizations work with DEP on settlement to allow public input on shale gas wastewater permits

By Veronica Coptis / February 17, 2021
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Environmental organizations work with DEP on settlement to allow public input on shale gas wastewater permits Today, the DEP agreed to allow public comment for all 49 permits and will accept public comments for 60 days from the date of public notice, which is expected no later than March 31, 2021. The […]

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Senate Bill 790 Will Bring Long-Lasting and Costly Harm to our State (Update)

By Ethan Story / November 16, 2020
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[This blog was originally posted on March 23, 2020, and has been updated.] Introduced by Senator Joe Scarnati, SB 790 provides economic benefits to the conventional oil and gas well drillers and places the public and the state’s environment at risk. It does this by relaxing the environmental standards currently in place to protect our […]

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