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Pa. grants $2M for solar tech at PGW’s liquefied natural gas plant

Philadelphia Gas Works’ planned liquefied natural gas plant got a $2 million state grant to install solar energy. The plant will be constructed at the utility’s Southwest Philadelphia site.  The $60…

    • Solar panels on Philadelphia rowhouses. (Adam Stein for Solar States)

Dreaming about going solar? Now, a city rebate can help

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney wants you to put solar panels on your roof. Now.  With less than 0.4% of the city’s energy mix coming from solar power, Kenney needs to pick…

    • Emergency responders work to contain the blaze at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery on Friday June, 21.

Eliminating the PES refinery’s deadliest chemical will be a 24/7 job for weeks

The Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery has started neutralizing and eliminating a highly toxic chemical still present at the shuttering facility. The June 21 explosion and fire that led the company to…

    • Haydee DurĂ¡n says her 1-year-old tree makes her smile when she's feeling sad.

Not in my sidewalk: Debunking Philly tree myths

Trees aren’t generally controversial. They usually look nice, they provide shade and improve the air and water quality. Scientists say they even make people happier.  But when it comes to planting…

    • Fence-line resident Silvia Bennett speaks at a first public meeting held by the city as it plans for the refinery's impending closure. (Bastiaan Slabbers for WHYY)

Who will decide the future of the South Philly refinery?

Sylvia Bennett felt her bed shake when the explosion rocked Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery in June. It wasn’t the first time the refinery, her neighbor in South Philly, touched her…

    • City Council member  Blondell Reynolds Brown advocates for her bill requiring universal lead checks for rental units at a June 6, 2019 press conference. (David Kim)

City Hall is uniting around a lead poisoning law hated by landlords

A law designed to strengthen the city’s safeguards against lead poisoning should soon finally get the vote backers have waited for after almost two years. The bill, which would require all…

    • Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery in South Philadelphia. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Extreme weather causes fumes to escape fire-stricken PES refinery

Heavy rains and high temperatures shifted the lid of a 6 million gallon tank containing gasoline components at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions oil refinery, according to a spokesperson for the company.…

    • Fire hydrants are open around the city during an historic heatwave in Philadelphia. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Philadelphia declares a heat health emergency; scientists say more to come

Philadelphia has declared a heat health emergency starting Wednesday at noon and going through the weekend. The emergency declaration, which comes after a National Weather Service prediction of heat index values…

    • Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery in South Philadelphia. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Possible future uses for PES refinery call into question cleanup plans there

A working group convened by Philadelphia officials will focus on the future use of the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery and its 1,300-acre footprint in South Philadelphia now that the company has…

    • Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown is shown in City Council chambers. (Nathaniel Hamilton for WHYY, file)

City Council punts on bill to mandate lead inspections in all pre-1978 rental homes

A bill that would require all rental units built before 1978 to be free of lead hazards is still stuck in Philadelphia’s City Council after it’s sponsor suddenly decided to pull…

    • Crews battled a fire at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery on Monday night (NBC10)

Philly refinery fire under investigation; pollution impact unclear

Philadelphia Energy Solutions said a fire that broke out Monday night at the refinery caused no injuries and did not affect neighboring residents, though some contest the latter claim. The fire…

    • City Council member  Blondell Reynolds Brown advocates for her bill requiring universal lead checks for rental units at a June 6, 2019 press conference. (David Kim)

Why Philly landlords are fighting Blondell Reynolds Brown over lead

Claire Wilson’s family drama started with a curious infant. The Wilsons were delighted to watch their only child, Jude, grow — slowly and simultaneously so fast — as babies do. One…

    • Illegal dumpers throw construction debris on a Philadelphia street in a video screen capture from a video released by the City of Philadelphia.

Philly says hidden cameras, higher fines help catch more illegal dumpers

Kelly O’Day is a retired wastewater engineer who tracks illegal dumping in Phildelphia in his spare time. There is no shortage of abandoned matresses, old tires and plastic junk for the…

    • A rendering of the wetlands imagined in the new plan for FDR Park

How FDR Park’s $200 million makeover is future-proofing ‘the lakes’

An ambitious 10-year plan to completely revamp the busy but underfunded FDR Park is a very green new deal for South Philadelphia. It includes a 36-foot-tall hill overlooking the city, 45…

    • Greens grow at Five Loaves and Two Fishes community garden in Overbrook. (Angela Gervasi for WHYY)

More community gardens to bloom on city lots, Philly Land Bank czar says

When Victor Young saw a few abandoned lots in his West Philadelphia neighborhood, he knew he had found a perfect place to start a garden. Growing vegetables, he thought, could bring…

    • Randy Hayman will take over as Philadelphia's water commissioner in June. (City of Philadelphia)

Philly’s next water commissioner wants to keep your H20 clean, green and affordable

Philadelphia’s next water commissioner Randy E. Hayman will enter city hall with four lofty goals on his to-do list, Mayor Jim Kenney’s incoming appointee said in an email to PlanPhilly. The…

    • Rowing crews compete in the first day of the Dad Vail Regatta in 2014 (Brad Larrison/for WHYY)

Dredging funds raised to keep boat racing afloat on the Schuylkill

Philadelphians will be able to continue enjoying the long tradition of rowing on the Schuylkill River. That heritage is no longer in peril now that $4.5 million has been found to…

    •  Philly Water Bar will be open at City Hall every Thursday this summer. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Philly tap water is safe. Now there is a bar to prove it.

The sun was shining, the salsa music enticing, and Katrina Williams was thirsty when she saw the pitchers full of cold water on a table. So she came forward and accepted…

    • The Philadelphia Orchard Project plants at Bartram's Community Farm.

Philly names first-ever farm czar

Philadelphia has named city planner Ashley Richards as its first-ever urban agriculture director. Richards will direct the creation and implementation of Philadelphia’s forthcoming urban agriculture plan. Richards got their start as…

    • Solarize Philly

Solar ‘ambassadors,’ deeper discounts on rooftop installations all part of Philly’s plan to make 2019 the year of sun power

Victor Young paid $370 for electricity a month before solar panels were installed in his roof last year. Now his electric bill is zero, and he only pays $126 a month…

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