PWSA sentenced for polluting the Allegheny River, false reporting

A federal judge has sentenced the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority to probation, ordered it to pay a $500,000 judgment and to start an environmental compliance program the authority violated the Clean Water Act by discharging sludge into the Allegheny River.

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Former PWSA Supervisor Charged For Violating The Clean Water Act

A former Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority supervisor is being charged with violating the Clean Water Act.

Pennsylvania: Glass dump settlement reached with PPG

PPG Industries agrees to clean up and treat runoff from a 70-year-old glass waste dump site that is polluting the Allegheny River.

Pennsylvania: Governor asked to intervene on Plum wastewater injection well

Groups have concerns about radioactivity in shale gas drilling wastewater leading to contamination drinking water supply in Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh: PWSA pleads guilty to violating Clean Water Act with sludge discharges

The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority pleaded guilty Tuesday to Clean Water Act violations in connection with an investigation of sludge discharge into the Allegheny River.

PWSA penalized, supervisor indicted for federal violations of sludge dumping

Sludge collected during the drinking water purification process at the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority's Aspinwall treatment plant was intentionally and illegally discharged into the Allegheny River for seven years, according to a plea agreement.

How 'clean coal' affected a Pennsylvania town

Barbara Szalai wasn’t worried about moving upriver from a coal plant. Then sticky black dust started coating her home, and the headaches and allergies began.

We’re just starting to learn how fracking harms wildlife

Mounting evidence proves that natural-gas and oil extraction threatens wildlife and ecosystems — much as it harms human health.

Allegheny CleanWays removes 11,300 pounds of trash from Allegheny River

Volunteers collected 11,300 pounds of trash from the Allegheny River and its shorelines during 16 cleanups held in June from Millvale to Freeport, according to the nonprofit Allegheny CleanWays.

Pat Bywater: Nature rising across region

Far-reaching implications are on the line as the movement to redefine America's cultural and legal notion of nature takes root in our region.


Fracking chemicals dumped in the Allegheny River a decade ago are still showing up in mussels: Study

Chemicals from fracking wastewater dumped into Pennsylvania's Allegheny River before 2011 are still accumulating in the bodies of freshwater mussels downstream, according to a new study.

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Watch: Seneca Nation celebrates after fracking water treatment permits are revoked

The Seneca Nation of Indians have declared victory after a proposed project to treat fracking wastewater at the headwaters of the Allegheny River was nixed by the local water authority. EHN previously reported on the widespread opposition to the project.

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Coudersport Area Municipal Authority drops support for Epiphany fracking waste plant

Opponents of a fracking wastewater treatment plant, which is now without a home and a client, cheered Monday night as the project appeared dead.

Drilling company withdraws from frack waste facility along Allegheny River

The financial backer and main customer of a proposed plant to treat fracking wastewater at the headwaters of the Allegheny River is backing out of the project. It cited a number of factors for the …

Seneca Nation takes on Pittsburgh startup to defend the Allegheny River

Last month more than 100 Seneca Nation tribal members showed up at the monthly meeting of the local municipal authority in the small town of Coudersport, Pennsylvania, carrying protest signs and ceremonial drums.

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