First round of PFAS tests find at least one site with potentially harmful amounts

First round of PFAS tests find at least one site with potentially harmful amounts

The Department of Environmental Protection released its first round of statewide tests for PFAS Thursday, with only one location of the 96 sampled having elevated levels above federal guidelines.

The Wolf Administration announced in September of 2018 that it would begin statewide PFAS testing at high risk locations. PFAS, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl contaminants, can originate in manufacturing or wastewater treatment facilities. The chemicals can cause cancer and other health problems in high concentrations.
Thursday, December 5, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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5 developments in Pa. politics that you may have missed over the holiday break

5 developments in Pa. politics that you may have missed over the holiday break

With your Thanksgiving turkey and holiday shopping hopefully now behind you, it’s time to catch up on some of the major developments you may have missed in the lead-up to holiday festivities.

 

While legislators won’t be returning to Harrisburg until mid-December for their last few session days of the year, the end of November brought some significant changes to state law. With the stroke of a pen, the purchasing age for tobacco products was increased, Sunday hunting restrictions were loosened and a new nominee was appointed to lead the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

Monday, December 2, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Wolf urges MLB to strike out contraction plan for three state minor league teams

Wolf urges MLB to strike out contraction plan for three state minor league teams

Even though opening day at baseball diamonds across the state is still many months away, local and state officials are rallying in an effort to ensure that 2020 is not the final out for teams in three Pennsylvania towns which could potentially be contracted under a proposed plan.

The proposal, reportedly being championed by Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred and a handful of teams, would cut upwards of 40 teams in an effort to make the minor league system, which develops potential pro prospects, more streamlined.
Monday, December 2, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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In a historic day for victims, Wolf signs legislation to expand protections for sex abuse survivors

In a historic day for victims, Wolf signs legislation to expand protections for sex abuse survivors

In a historic day for sex abuse survivors, Gov. Tom Wolf Tuesday signed into law a package of bills that expand legal remedies for survivors and strengthen the law to protect victims of child sex abuse.

The legislation acts on a series of recommendations from a bombshell grand jury report that revealed widespread child sex abuse by over 300 Catholic priests belonging to Pennsylvania dioceses.
Tuesday, November 26, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Bill to halt closure of Polk, White Haven centers put on hold

Bill to halt closure of Polk, White Haven centers put on hold

Despite passing the Senate last week, a bill to halt the proposed closing of two state centers has been put on hold to the chagrin of lawmakers from the affected areas.

The bill was set to be considered in the House Health Committee last Wednesday but House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) appeared before the committee in an emotional meeting, requesting the bill be tabled until December.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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