Senate committee reviews Philadelphia refinery fire

Senate committee reviews Philadelphia refinery fire

The Senate Environmental Resources and Energy committee met Wednesday to review the causes and aftermath of the Philadelphia Energy Solutions fire. 
 
A leak in a containment tank led to an explosion in a butane tank on the South Philadelphia refinery June 21st, which sparked a fire that took over 24 hours to extinguish. While there were no casualties, the refinery is now closed, which has led to higher gas prices in the region. According to the mayor’s office, the closure will cost most of the over 1,000 jobs supported by the refinery’s operation. 
Thursday, July 25, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Senate Republicans push for passage of a package of bills to help combat opioid addiction

Senate Republicans push for passage of a package of bills to help combat opioid addiction

Senate Republicans joined in the East Wing Rotunda to push for the passage of a package of legislation that would help combat opioid addiction across the state. 

Sen. Gene Yaw (R-Lycoming) noted that last year over 4,000 people in Pennsylvania died from a drug overdose.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Study: Pennsylvania broadband access much lower than advertised

Study: Pennsylvania broadband access much lower than advertised

After conducting more than 11 million internet speed tests across Pennsylvania, a prominent telecommunications researcher says that access to broadband internet in Pennsylvania is worse than publicly advertised.

 

Sascha Meinrath, a telecommunications researcher at Pennsylvania State University, joined state lawmakers Tuesday to detail findings of a rural broadband internet study which found that data provided by the Federal Communications Commission paints an overly-optimistic picture of broadband access in Pennsylvania.

Monday, June 3, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Senators cheer passage of 'Farming First' package, even as agencies express concerns about two bills

Senators cheer passage of 'Farming First' package, even as agencies express concerns about two bills

Senators cheered Wednesday the passage of a series of bills designed to boost Pennsylvania’s farming community, even as Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration has expressed opposition to two of the key measures.

The “Farming First” package cleared the Senate earlier this week, part of what Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre) called a necessary way to help the state’s largest industry during a turbulent time.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Members of the Task Force on lead exposure announces recommendations on lead exposure

Members of the Task Force on lead exposure announces recommendations on lead exposure

A bipartisan group of senators banded together Tuesday to call for legislative action on lead poisoning as they unveiled bills to address lead contamination in homes, buildings and water systems. 

The legislative package is a direct result of the state’s Advisory Committee and Task Force on Lead Exposure, which was established in 2017. Led by Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne), the senators announced bills that would require universal lead testing for children, mandate inspections of child-care facilities, establish a statewide lead-free housing registry, and require all school drinking systems to be inspected and certified. 
Tuesday, May 7, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
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