Poor conditions regarding air quality in Pittsburgh like pollution from out-of-state wildfires, fireworks, and record-breaking exceedances of certain gases are pushing 2021 to be the worst years in recent memory.
Faced with a lead crisis that drew comparisons to Flint, Michigan's, some people have called Newark, New Jersey's response a "national model." Still, eliminating lead from drinking water nationwide will not be an easy task.
The riverkeepers say the 2014 law calls into question whether the DEQ is thoroughly investigating their complaints against the state’s industrial hog and poultry farms. In one 11-month stretch, only eight of 85 complaints resulted in the DEQ citing a farm.