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Treasury and IRS say economic impact checks for COVID-19 to begin in next three weeks. And states deal with collision of coronavirus and homelessness.

2020Talks - March 31, 2020 


During the new coronavirus pandemic, many are advocating more mail-in ballots. Some say restricting voting by mail is one method of suppressing the vote.

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States are expected to sue as the Trump administration tries to repeal the Clean Power Plan. (stevepb/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – States in the Northeast and on the West Coast are challenging Trump administration changes to environmental regulations. Stateline, a journalism project of The Pew Charitable Trusts, has kicked off its 2018 State of the States series with a report on the mounting resistance

The Mariner East 2 pipeline would carry ethane, which can be explosive even in small amounts. (StockSnap/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Environmental groups are calling on the state to cancel construction of the Mariner East 2 pipeline. Last week, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection suspended the pipeline permit, saying Sunoco needs to correct what the agency termed "egregious and willful vio

The new chair of the EPA Science Advisory Board denies the scientific evidence that smog causes asthma. (12019/Pixabay)

WASHINGTON D.C. – Doctors, scientists and professional organizations are suing EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt for replacing publicly-funded scientists with others who advocate for polluting industries. According to the lawsuit, of Pruitt's 18 new appointees to the EPA's Science Advisory Boar

Gov. Tom Wolf is proposing weaker emission rules for existing oil and gas facilities. (anita_starzycka/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Clean air advocates want the Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection to strengthen rules for methane leaks from existing sources. Environmental groups say last week's release of the final draft of permits to control emissions from new oil and gas wells, pipeli

New permitting rules will apply to new gas wells, transmission stations and pipelines. (Nicholas A. Tonelli/Flickr)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Pennsylvania is taking a major step toward reducing methane emissions at natural gas facilities. The state's Department of Environmental Protection has announced it will implement new and updated permits that require controlling emissions of methane and other pollutants fro

Nationally more than 1 million African-Americans live within half a mile of existing natural gas facilities. (dbchandler/Pixabay)

PHILADELPHIA – A new report shows that pollution from oil and gas facilities in Pennsylvania and nationwide is disproportionately harming African-American communities. The report, "Fumes Across the Fence-Line," documents health impacts of living near oil and gas pollution, including increase

More than 1,100 Pennsylvania schools and daycare centers are within one-half mile of oil or gas production facilities. (anita_starzycka/Pixabay)

PITTSBURGH – Does your child go to school or daycare near an active oil or gas well? A new interactive map can help you find out. The map was created using data from the Department of Education to show not only the location but the total enrollment of daycare centers, primary and secondary s

The EPA was required to start designating areas that need to cut ozone pollution on Oct. 1. (Foto-Rabe/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- A coalition of environmental and health groups has put the Environmental Protection Agency on notice that it needs to implement more protective clean air standards now. New health standards for smog-forming ozone pollution were developed in 2015. The EPA on Sunday was required t

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