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Chester County Gets ‘F’ Air Quality Grade In New Study

Well, this is worrisome, especially when Chester County is used to seeing itself as well-to-do, environmentally conscious, and health:

Chester County Gets ‘F’ Air Quality Grade In New Study

By Justin Heinze, Phoenixville Patch, Apr 19, 2018

The American Lung Association released its “State of the Air 2018” report and gave Chester County an F grade for ozone pollution.

The American Lung Association released its “State of the Air 2018” report this week and gave Chester County an F grade for ozone pollution. The study also found that overall, ozone pollution has worsened significantly in America from 2014-2016 compared to its previous report, which looked at 2013-2015.

To determine the pollution grade, the American Lung Association assigned increasing weights to the days when air pollution levels reached higher ranges. Those were added together, and the weighted average was calculated. Grades were then assigned based on that weighted average….

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180 U.S. Mayors Call for Use of Solar Power

PennEnvironment, April 5, 2018

More PA mayors sign solar power letter than any other state

[Philadelphia, PA] — A bipartisan group of 180 U.S. mayors, representing 42 states including Pennsylvania, are speaking out in support of solar energy. Pennsylvania had more support than any other state in the nation, with 43 signers from municipalities across the Commonwealth.

In a letter released today by the citizen-based non-profit environmental advocacy group PennEnvironment, the mayors resolve to make solar power a key element of their communities’ energy plans and call on others to embrace clean energy from the sun.

“Support for solar power continues to gain traction in the eyes of the public,” said Kelly Flanigan, Global Warming Solutions Associate for PennEnvironment. “We applaud Pennsylvania mayors for hearing that call to action and rising to the occasion.”

43 Pennsylvania mayors signed the letter, including Mayor Jim Kenney of Philadelphia, Mayor William Peduto of Pittsburgh, Mayor Theodore Streeter of Gettysburg, and Mayor Matthew Shorraw of Monessen….

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Donald Trump Is Playing a Dangerous Game of Nuclear Poker


As if the world didn’t already have enough to worry about! Nuclear contamination, stirring up Russia and China “for political purposes”? Shades of Mr. Kim! Back to the sandbox bully era of Bush II and Saddam Hussein.

By W.J. Hennigan, Time, February 1, 2018

At a vast tract of uninhabited desert in southern Nevada, hundreds of moonlike craters dimple the wasteland, remnants of Cold War nuclear explosions that melted the bedrock and fused the sand to ensure that America could take part in the unthinkable: global thermonuclear war. The crowds of scientists and generals are long gone–the U.S. hasn’t tested a nuke since 1992, when then President George H.W. Bush declared a self-imposed testing moratorium. But the Nevada National Security test site is not completely abandoned. A skeleton crew of custodians oversees the long dormant facility, less than 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas, standing by to turn the lights back on if the day ever comes.

It may come sooner than many thought….

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Brandywine Battlefield 1, Free Markets 0: Scrapped Chester County housing development a sign of hope for hallowed Revolutionary War site

opinion by Maria Panaritis, The Inquirer, January 5, 2018 — 6:36 PM EST

It was a firefight so consequential that the British sent Gen. George Washington and his troops fleeing and captured Philadelphia just two weeks later. Philly also lost its status as the nation’s capital because of it.

In the annals of local and American history, in other words, the daylong Battle of Brandywine in 1777 was one of the largest of the Revolutionary War. But measured by national parks, monuments, and museums, Brandywine is the forgotten stepchild of the war that introduced the world to modern-day democratic rule.

Until, quite possibly, now.

A few days before New Year’s, residents of Westtown Township, Chester County, cheered as their elected officials spiked a planned Toll Bros. housing development on a 322-acre privately owned parcel known as Crebilly Farm, where portions of the famous battle were believed to have been waged….

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