FOSSIL FUELS: Federal investigators say a Pennsylvania factory failed to protect its workers when it ignored employee concerns and didn’t evacuate the facility before a fatal gas explosion. (WITF)

ALSO: Pennsylvania utility Columbia Gas has built a test house to experiment with different blends of hydrogen and natural gas to find a usable low-carbon blend, a project the company says isn’t common among its peers. (Trib Live)

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UTILITIES: In Washington, D.C., Pepco agrees to pay $57 million in fines and project costs to clean up years’ worth of intentional releases, spills and leaks of petroleum and other hazardous substances linked to the Anacostia River’s deterioration. (CBS News)



  • A Maryland solar developer finishes construction of a 4 MW solar array on a Superfund site in Woburn, Massachusetts. (Daily Record)
  • Residents pack a meeting hall to object to the second iteration of a 19 MW solar array reproposed for a Rhode Island residential area. (Warwick Online)

WIND: Developers behind New Jersey’s first offshore wind farm begin onshore construction activities in Lacey Township. (NJ Advance Media)

CLIMATE: New England’s overly wet summer will likely dull its famed fall foliage this season. (WBUR)

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Bridget is a freelance reporter and newsletter writer based in the Washington, D.C., area. She compiles the Northeast Energy News digest. Bridget primarily writes about energy, conservation and the environment. Originally from Philadelphia, she graduated from Emerson College in 2015 with a degree in journalism and a minor in environmental studies. When she isn’t working on a story, she’s normally on a northern Maine lake or traveling abroad to practice her Spanish language skills.