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Pittsburgh, Allegheny County officials talk about household lead issues with experts

Children exposed to lead have lower IQs and are more likely to develop attention deficit disorders, and adults who are exposed are at greater risk for heart disease. That's what a leading researcher of the problem told Pittsburgh City Council members Tuesday.

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Energy

In the Ohio River Valley, with the pandemic’s help, the petrochemical boom is on hold

“It just kind of changed the game for all industries, including this one,” said a spokesman for a company that wants to build an ethane cracker. “And so they have had to put off their announcement of a decision.”
Originals

EHN reporter wins two Golden Quill Awards

Kristina Marusic, EHN's Pittsburgh reporter, won two 2020 Golden Quill Awards for her reporting on air pollution and cancer in Western Pennsylvania.

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Pittsburgh

Spotted lanternfly reports surge statewide with confirmed cases in Allegheny County

In just seven months, reports of the invasive and grotesque spotted lanternfly jumped 147% statewide.

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Pittsburgh

A ‘funky public space’: Hazelwood Green owner seeking to redevelop old industrial riverfront for recreation

The 1.3-mile stretch of riverfront along the former LTV Coke Works in Hazelwood is a collection of rusting industrial relics, from a pump house to coal loaders and catwalks.

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Pittsburgh

Creating a city for all requires rethinking the process for how we use land, officials say

Mayor Bill Peduto and his administration on Tuesday launched ForgingPGH, a new, year-long effort to explore how people want to see their neighborhoods and the city change.

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Pittsburgh

Rare catch: Wild brown trout discovered in Roaring Run in Armstrong County

For the first time in at least decades, wild trout are living in Roaring Run, a rollicking, cold water tributary of the Kiski River, once known for its abundance of wildflowers more than a century ago.

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Toxics

No ‘bomb trains’: 14 states aim to take new rule on LNG transport off the rails

Fourteen states — including Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware — and the District of Columbia have filed a legal challenge to a new federal rule that would allow trains to carry liquefied natural gas (LNG) across the country.

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Energy

As labor unions rally behind Biden, Pa. congressmen claim fracking jobs are in jeopardy

On the third day of the Democratic National Convention, the message surrounding the outlook on jobs in Western Pennsylvania depended on which virtual panel you happened to hear on Wednesday afternoon.

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Energy

Report: Clean energy jobs among fastest-growing in state from 2017-2019

The Clean Energy Employment Report says jobs in that sector grew by 8.7 percent, or almost 7,800 jobs, during the two-year period covered in the report. But since then, the pandemic has caused an estimated 55,000 lost jobs in the overall energy sector.
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Energy

Emily Persico: Our future depends on moving past fracking

Earlier this month, the president and CEO of CNX Resources Corp., one of the largest fracked gas companies in Western Pennsylvania, published a dishonest opinion piece in PennLIVE that spoke to the desperation of the fossil-fuel industry.

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Energy

Biden campaign asks TV stations to remove 'inaccurate' fracking ad

Joe Biden's presidential campaign is asking several TV stations in Pennsylvania to stop airing an ad from a pro-Trump Super PAC that the campaign says inaccurately represents Mr. Biden's position on fracking.

Plastic Pollution

$100 million recycling plant planned for Erie

International Recycling Group, a New York City-based startup, plans to announce this week a $100 million investment to build what it describes as the world's largest plastics recycling facility in Erie.

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Energy

A quarter like no other in the coal industry, Consol's leaders say

For years, it has been easier to imagine what a bad quarter looks like in the coal industry than what might constitute a good one.

Energy

COVID-19 compounds Pennsylvania's fracking industry problems

John Stavovy had become accustomed to getting monthly checks of $7,000 to $8,000 from the energy company that began pumping shale gas from his 285-acre farm in Washington County, Pennsylvania, at the peak of the Marcellus Shale boom.

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COVID-19 has all of us cleaning more—but the products designed to kill viruses and bacteria can have dangerous health impacts. Here's how to scrub safely.

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