Mon Valley pollution watches and warnings discussed by county board of health

Allegheny County's Board of Health has heard more about proposed changes in rules for the "Mon Valley Air Pollution Mitigation Plan." The changes would include setting up a "watch phase" and a "warning phase" for county public notices about pollution, and issuing information for residents through "Allegheny Alerts."

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Pittsburgh plans to expand the number of public, private charging stations for electric vehicles

In a 37-page study, the city has set goals of 200 charging stations on city property and 2,000 on private property by 2030.

CNX Resources' new philanthropy is beefier, hyperlocal and focused on the return

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Allegheny Land Trust finalizes purchase of Girty's Woods in Reserve, shielding 155-acre forest from development

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Allegheny County Councilor Hallam introduces bill to ban fracking in most county parks

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Pennsylvania DEP finds PFAS in one-third of public water systems

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Carbon stored in Elizabeth Township forest will help pay for its preservation

Allegheny Land Trust is the first land trust in the country to use urban forest carbon credits to save a woodland from development.

Climate change march fights for climate justice and youth representation

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US Steel fined (again) for pollution at Clairton Coke Works. 'This is nothing new.'

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As Allegheny County finally meets clean air standards, environmentalists are concerned the victory could be short lived

Earlier this year, Allegheny County saw its first-ever days in compliance with all federal air quality guidelines under the National Ambient Air Quality Standards.

Will the fracking boom ever translate into jobs and income for Appalachia’s residents?

While record amounts of oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids have been produced in the Appalachian region between 2008 and 2019, the region did not see much of a jump in jobs or income.

Ted Cruz brings back Paris vs. Pittsburgh in criticism of Biden; Peduto scoffs

“Are you kidding me? Here we go again…" That was Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto's reply to Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, after the senator evoked a familiar refrain Wednesday during criticism of President Joe Biden's signing of an executive order to rejoin the Paris Climate Accord.

Nearly $1M in state grants will address mine drainage, stormwater in Westmoreland

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