All Pennsylvanians should be able to breathe the air and drink the water without worrying about mercury and lead in their bloodstreams or soot and smog in their lungs. Yet hundreds of thousands of tons of mercury and other hazardous pollutants are spewed into our environment every year, contaminating our air, land, waterways, and food.
As Congress considers whether to block rules limiting air pollutants, a new report finds that Pennsylvania's coal-fired power plants emit more unhealthy smog producing pollution than any state except Texas.
With natural-gas drilling posing one of the biggest challenges to Pennsylvania's environment since the days of coal strip mining, this is no time for Harrisburg officials to stand by and let funding dry up for the commonwealth's premier conservation effort.
That's just what could happen this year unless new money is provided for the state's $1.3 billion Growing Greener program - launched by a Republican governor, Tom Ridge, and enthusiastically expanded by a Democratic successor, Gov. Rendell.