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EPA: No changes to federal lead water rule until next year

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency’s top water regulator said Wednesday that officials are working urgently to strengthen a federal rule limiting lead and copper in drinking water — a key focus in the ongoing lead-contamination crisis in Flint, Michigan. But Joel Beauvais, acting chief of the EPA’s water office, said proposed changes will not be released until next ...

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AP: Railroads beat back new safety rules after derailments

FILE -In this Wednesday, July 11, 2012, file photo, flames rise from a derailed freight train in Columbus, Ohio. A little-known truth about North American railroads: No rules govern when rail becomes too worn down. Since 2000, U.S. officials blamed rail wear as the direct cause of 111 derailments causing $11 million in damage. (AP Photo/Chris Mumma, File)

A pair of train derailments in 2012 that killed two people in Maryland and triggered a fiery explosion in Ohio exposed a little-known and unsettling truth about railroads in the U.S. and Canada: No rules govern when rail becomes too worn down to be used for hauling hazardous chemicals, thousands of tons of freight or myriad other products on almost ...

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Natural gas compressor plan gets full hearing in Gilpin

Gilpin supervisors on July 20 are expected to decide whether a natural gas compressor station can be built on farmland near Route 66. Columbia Midstream Group wants to build the station on 104 acres, owned by Dennis Hill, off Crestline Drive. Gilpin Solicitor Neva Stanger said the station would be a conditional use in the agricultural zone, which allows the ...

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Study: 1.5 million at risk in Pennsylvania for crude oil derailment

In Pennsylvania, nearly 1.5 million people are in potential danger if a train carrying crude oil derails and catches fire, according to a PublicSource analysis. That is about one in every nine Pennsylvanians, or 11.5 percent of the state’s population. The analysis also found 327 K-12 schools, 37 hospitals and 61 nursing homes in the state are at risk. These ...

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Editorial: Dig deeper into Enbridge pipeline with impact statement


“Everybody is concerned about the safety of their communities, and Enbridge is, too. We definitely want to work with communities so they feel safe with the pipeline and understand that Enbridge is working to protect that community.” –Becky Haase, Enbridge spokeswoman Janesville Councilman Jim Farrell is right. The state Department of Natural Resources should back up and do an environmental ...

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Marcellus info to be provided by online tool


A new online mapping tool promises to make it simpler for residents in areas with Marcellus Shale activity to see facilities near them, report pollution incidents and file complaints about site activity. It will also help ensure accountability for the state agencies responsible for rectifying mishaps, developers of the digital mapping system said. The newly unveiled shale infrastructure map from ...

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Potter could receive $2.2 million Shell-related grant for police expenses

POTTER TWP. — The state plans to give the township $2.2 million related to public safety if Shell Chemicals proceeds with buying the Horsehead Corp. property here. The state Department of Community and Economic Development sent a letter last week notifying the township that it would receive $2.2 million in grant money if Shell closes on the purchase of the ...

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Shale gas report due date debate

ALBANY — The end-of-the-year due date for the completion of the Health Department’s report on the potential impacts of hydrofracking isn’t Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s deadline. Clarifying what the governor said in last week’s gubernatorial debate, his office on Tuesday said that acting Health Commissioner Howard Zucker was the one who determined the timeline for the submission of his agency’s work ...

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Fracking related traffic deaths a growing concern

Two Pennsylvania legislators are calling for a summit on truck safety after a string of traffic accidents involving vehicles related to Marcellus Shale production, according to the Pittsburgh Business Times. Sen. Tim Solobay and Rep. Pam Snyder say they’ve been hearing an increasing amount of complaints about trucks travelling back and forth from drilling sites. Although truck safety has been ...

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Safety a focus as millions of gallons of crude travel through Western Pa.

Millions of gallons of crude oil are passing through Western Pennsylvania — up to 75 trains each week on their way to refineries in the East — according to records released by state emergency management officials. A Tribune-Review analysis of the records released by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency shows the trains each carry at least 1 million gallons of ...

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