New rules limiting air pollution, methane for natural gas industry gets first DEP committee hearing

New rules limiting air pollution, methane for natural gas industry gets first DEP committee hearing

Even as President Donald Trump helmed as the federal government reconsiders a push for stricter air quality regulations, Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection is poised to forge ahead with the initiative following late Obama-era instructions.

 

The state Air Quality Technical Advisory Committee discussed this early draft of new rules for oil and natural gas industries at a meeting Thursday morning.

Thursday, December 13, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Pittsburgh City Council introduces electronic and hazardous waste recycling legislation

Pittsburgh City Council introduces electronic and hazardous waste recycling legislation

Before Dan Gilman served as Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto’s chief of staff, as a councilmember, he and Councilwoman Theresa Kail-Smith (District 2) noticed a problem.

Around the city, they saw televisions and computers dumped illegally. Knowing residents had few legal options for disposing electronic devices, they sought legislation that’d allow residents to recycle such items safely.

A year later, the legislation was introduced by Kail-Smith Tuesday, with the support of the mayor’s office.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
DePasquale announces climate change report, release planned by budget deadline

DePasquale announces climate change report, release planned by budget deadline

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale announced he is planning his own report on climate change in Pennsylvania Monday.

The report, which he said would be out by the budget deadline of June 30, will focus on state government responses to climate change and how the state can prepare for its adverse effects, from increased strain on emergency services to degrading infrastructure.

“It will not be the same as national or international action, but it is up to states to do what they can,” DePasquale said.
Monday, December 3, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Environmental groups propose carbon market to state board, kick starting action on climate change

Environmental groups propose carbon market to state board, kick starting action on climate change

Environmentalist activists proposed carbon emissions regulations to the state Environmental Quality Board Wednesday that would, if implemented, create a market for greenhouse gases to reach carbon neutrality by 2052.

Their argument cites both existing state clean air laws as well as the environmental rights clause of the state constitution to claim the state has a duty to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to protect its residents from harm.

“I not only think it’s feasible, think it's absolutely essential,” Joseph Otis Minott, executive director of the Clean Air Council, said. “We’re prepared to litigate it if need be. This is the right path for Pennsylvania.”

Wednesday, November 28, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Anti-nuclear activists raise waste concerns as atomic power works way back into political spotlight

Anti-nuclear activists raise waste concerns as atomic power works way back into political spotlight

As the 40th anniversary of the Three Mile Island meltdown approaches, local activists are launching a campaign against nuclear power in the state. Their effort opened Tuesday by questioning how to dispose of the industry’s waste.

“We still have five nuclear power plants, nine reactors and no nuclear toilet,” longtime activist Eric Epstein said.

The conversation comes as federal politicians try to restart a national conversation on where to put America’s nuclear waste, and state nuclear allies prepare to make the case that without aid, the industry could go bust in Pennsylvania.
Tuesday, October 2, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
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