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AG, Health Advocates Oppose Fuel-Efficiency Rollback

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By: Andrea Sears

HARRISBURG, Pa. – State leaders and health advocates say the EPA’s plan to freeze the fuel efficiency standard is bad for public health, the environment and consumers.

After months of wrangling, the EPA Thursday released its plan to freeze the fuel-efficiency standards for cars and light trucks for six years. It was set to increase to an average of 54 mpg by 2025 but will remain at about 35, the standard set for 2020.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro says the state will be joining 19 other states in suing to stop the plan.

“Our state Constitution says that we have a right to clean air and pure water, and that is something that I fight to protect each and every day,” he says. “We strongly oppose the Trump Administration’s plan to roll back these clean-car standards.”

The administration claims freezing the fuel standard will cut more than $2,000 off the price of new cars and result in fewer highway deaths, but opponents contest those findings.

Although more fuel-efficient cars may cost more, consumers make it up through savings on gas by 2030.

According to Doctor Walter Tsou, the executive director of Philadelphia Physicians for Social Responsibility, increasing the fuel-efficiency standard also cuts back on auto emissions, which are major contributors to smog and air pollution.

“If we roll that back, we’re going to continue to burn gasoline in our cars and we’re encouraging these gas guzzlers, and all that air pollution is going to exacerbate asthma and other respiratory illnesses,” he warns.

Tsou believes moving away from vehicles that rely on fossil fuel entirely would stimulate significant job growth in every state, including Pennsylvania.

“The world is moving toward electric vehicles,” he adds. “We should be investing in electric charging infrastructure for this state so that more and more people are ready for the future.”

The EPA plan also eliminates California’s right to set higher mileage requirements than those of the EPA. Pennsylvania and about a dozen other states now use the higher California standard.

Help Available for At-Risk Early Learners

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Andrea Sears

PHILADELPHIA – Pennsylvania children at risk of falling behind their peers in preschool and kindergarten can get help to prepare them for school.

Early childhood education can give children a huge boost, educators say, but those with physical or developmental disabilities, who are homeless or have parents struggling with addiction, can be at a serious disadvantage.

In Pennsylvania, children are entitled to receive Early Intervention Services, such as speech therapy and specialized instruction, to help them prepare for their first day of school.

And Sean McGrath, an attorney at the Education Law Center, says that can make a big difference.

“There’s a study that has shown that children who receive early intervention, 40 percent of the cohort was actually caught up and did not need special education services once they entered school, compared to a control group,” he states.

Services are available for newborns and children up to age five. Parents who are concerned their children may need help can call 800-692-7288 to get connected to Early Intervention Services.

Any parent can ask for help, but McGrath points out that for younger children, referrals often come from county hospitals that note low birth weight and other possible indicators of the need for help.

“For older children there are fliers, advertisements in public places saying what Early Intervention is and providing the contact information for parents to share,” he explains.

School districts are also required to determine if more services will be needed when a child enters kindergarten and have those services in place on the first day of school.

McGrath adds many parents of eligible children simply don’t know that help is available.

“It’s important for parents to know that this is an entitlement, that they have particular rights in the Early Intervention system,” he stresses.

McGrath says early intervention has been shown to be one of the most effective tools to help children overcome developmental delays and disabilities.

PARKESBURG BOROUGH WITHOUT WATER; MAIN STREET WATER MAIN BURST

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Pennsylvania American Water has confirmed to WLRI that a water main break along 100 block of First Avenue. No estimated restoration time was available at 9:22 AM ET. According to our neighbors, the incident took place around 7:30 AM (+/-) this morning, to be confirmed. There is no known reason for the water main break at this time. Stay with Gap Lancaster Coatesville Quarryville for the latest developments throughout the incident, as we plan to follow-up with out sources until service is restored.
-Water service has been restored to all affected customers from the 1st St main break. We appreciate everyone’s patience while crews made these difficult repairs on 24-inch pipe. Parkesburg Office of Emergency Management
7:16 AM (8/6)
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-Incident Summary:
2000 – American Water ran into challenges in the repair of the water line. ETR is now 2200. Normal pressure was established today for all but 19 customers. Repair for the main line is still in progress.
9:11 PM
– Crews have isolated the water main break along 1st Street that occurred this morning and disrupted local water service. Water pressure will start to return to normal for most customers, but it will take several hours to refill the system. You might also experience discolored water due to the increased flows from the break. If you experience discolored water, run your cold water taps a few minutes until the water runs clear. We expect repairs will take until 9 pm to restore service for about 20 customers near the main break location. To ease the inconvenience, water tanker is located in parking lot behind Borough Hall. Please bring your own containers. Thanks again for your patience. Parkesburg Office of Emergency Management
1:12 PM
-PA American Water has provided a water tanker at the Borough Hall/Police Station. Bring your own containers.
11:40 AM
-Residents on the North side of the Borough should have water just low pressure.
10:13 AM
-PA American Water will have a water tanker available after 10 a.m. at the ACME parking lot. Please bring your own containers to fill.
-Officials in Parkesburg Borough are reporting that municipal water services are out of service. The company responsible to provide water to Parkesburg, American Water, is attempting to locate a break in the water main. Fire officials are being advised.
 
-Due to the water main break affecting the residents of Parkesburg Borough, a source of drinking water has been made available at the Parkesburg Borough Police Department, 315 W First Avenue.