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With Gas Boom, Pennsylvania Fears New Toxic Legacy

Industry has ruined a lot of Pennsylvania's water. Coal mining companies hammered the state, leaving behind acidic water that turned thousands of miles of streams into dead zones. People in the state are looking for ways to make sure the fracking boom doesn't deal another blow to its water.
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Science And The Fracking Boom: Missing Answers

People living on the front step of the natural gas boom have the same questions: What kinds of pollutants are entering our water and air, and are those pollutants making us sick? Explore key components of the natural gas production process — and the questions scientists are asking.
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The Potomac: The Nation's Most Endangered River?

We examine a recent report that lists the Potomac as the most endangered river in the United States.

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D.C. Wraps Up Installation Of LED Lights In Alleyways

D.C.'s alleys will now be lit by LED lights, which are expected to provide more light for less money and fewer carbon emissions.

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South Dakota Tries To Avoid Oil Boom's Downside

The oil boom in western North Dakota has sparked a massive migration. Communities that struggled to keep people are now tripling in size as workers from all over seek their fortunes. In South Dakota, officials say there's oil in their state too. But before drillers head toward Mount Rushmore and the Black Hills, North Dakota's experience is being watched closely.
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Santa Cruz Surfers Make Coastline A Reserve

You may think of surfers as slackers. But in Santa Cruz, Calif., they're city council members and business owners. And they're also conservationists — who just got their piece of the central California coast named a World Surfing Reserve.
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Water Rates Rising In Maryland Counties

Water rates are on the rise for residents in Prince George's and Montgomery Counties.

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'The Garbage-Men' Rock A Trashy Sound

The Garbage-Men is a band of high school-aged musicians who play instruments made out of recycled cereal boxes, buckets, and other materials they've rescued from the trash. Guitarist Jack Berry and drummer Ollie Gray talk about the band and their signature "trashy" sound.

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