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Pennsylvania sets new PFAS limits

These ‘forever’ chemicals have been found in everything from pans to makeup to orange juice Pennsylvania has officially set new limits on two forms of per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in Pennsylvania drinking water. The new rule sets maximum contaminant levels (MCLs)...
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Phipps Conservatory: City Spotlight on Pittsburgh’s Green Side

A few weekends ago, I found myself in Pittsburgh for my friend's wedding and had time on Saturday morning to explore. Wanting to find Pittsburgh's green side, I received recommendations from Twitter friends Pittsburgh Tote Bag Project and Ali Shapiro for Phipps Conservatory. Dating back to 1893, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is set in Pittsburgh greenspace Schenley Park, right in eyesight of University of Pittsburgh (and the Cathedral of Learning). All of the exhibits are... (Find out more about Phipps, after the jump!)
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Gasland Filmmaker Josh Fox Comes to Phoenixville: Don’t Miss This Event!

Filmmaker Josh Fox of the critically acclaimed and Oscar nominated documentary, "Gasland", comes to Franklin Commons Wednesday September 7that 6:00 pm. The public is invited to join Fox and legislators for an important discussion regarding the dangers of hydraulic fracturing (“fracking.") Fracking is a means of natural gas extraction that involves millions of gallons of water, sand, and undisclosed chemicals being injected under high pressure into the ground. 205,000-935,000 pounds of chemicals are used per frack per well and scientists have identified many carcinogens, including benzene, in gas drilling waste. The event at Franklin Commons in Phoenixville, PA will begin at 6:00 p.m. and include (read on after the jump!)
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Green Guide to Election Day 2010: Vote Tomorrow, Philadelphia!

Election Day is Tuesday, November 2nd. It's crucial that you vote, and here's a quick guide to who's on the ballot & their environmental stances to help you be informed & decide: (Disclaimer: My opinion is italicized so you can tell the difference between what's actually on the candidate's page/fact and my opinion, which does not reflect the candidates' thoughts. None of the candidates have contacted myself nor Green Philly Blog for endorsements.)
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Going Solar in PA: Can YOU Actually Save $?

Are solar panels feasible for the common homeowner? This week our guest blogger, Clayton Bedwell, shares his industry knowledge on how to calculate financial incentives for solar installations. Over the last decade, growing concern over global warming has pushed federal, state, and local governments to legislatively encourage the implementation of clean and renewable energy sources. Pennsylvania - the Saudi Arabia of coal & natural gas - currently touts some of the most aggressive solar incentives in the country. However, these incentives won't stick around forever and aren't completely straightforward. Below are a few State and Federal incentives currently available - and how to easily calculate them.
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