Allegheny County Health Department amends enforcement order for U.S. Steel

Allegheny County Health Department amends enforcement order for U.S. Steel

After a Christmas Eve fire at U.S. Steel’s Clairton Coke Works tainted the air in the historic Monongahela Valley, in late February the Allegheny County Health Department ordered U.S Steel to reduce its coke oven gas and daily SO2 emissions across all facilities until repairs were complete. Tuesday, the department announced it was moving up the deadline for completion in the form of an amended enforcement order. 

In the turmoil that followed the fire, U.S. Steel originally proposed a plan slating 70 percent of repairs to be completed in mid-May. Under the new order, Jim Kelly, the county’s deputy director of environmental health, said the company and county have agreed that in the interest of safety, repairs will be completed by April 15.  

Wednesday, March 13, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: News and Views
Mackenzie’s CareerBound bill voted out of committee

Mackenzie’s CareerBound bill voted out of committee

Pennsylvania could soon have a series of workforce development programs in place to better educate students about opportunities in trade and technical careers. In the same week that a bipartisan workforce development bill package was reported out of committee and scheduled for a vote on the House floor, so too was a bill that would establish school-to-work pilot programs designed to educate students about workforce opportunities.
 
The bill sponsored by Rep. Ryan Mackenzie (R-Lehigh) — HB 425 — would establish the CareerBound program, a program which would help workforce development boards, schools and businesses develop school-to-work programs that would expose students to career and technical opportunities in high-priority occupations. The bill was successfully reported out of the House Labor and Industry Committee Wednesday, and will now await a potential House floor vote. 
Wednesday, March 13, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Officials, challengers file for Philadelphia’s May primary elections

Officials, challengers file for Philadelphia’s May primary elections

Dozens of Philadelphia citizens filed their nomination petitions Tuesday for the 2019 primary elections. Now comes the fun part: the campaign.

Voters will elect nominees for mayor, sheriff, judges, the 17 seats in City Council, and two of three City Commissioners on May 21st. Tuesday was the deadline to file petitions with enough signatures to get on the ballot.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019/Author: Anonym
Categories: Philadelphia
VIDEO: Kenyatta and Lewis work together to create the Fighting Chance Act

VIDEO: Kenyatta and Lewis work together to create the Fighting Chance Act

Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta (D-Philadelphia) and Rep. Andrew Lewis (R-Dauphin) joined from opposite sides of the aisle to work together to put out a co-sponsor memo for the "Fighting Chance Act." 

The act would require agencies overseeing occupation licensure and the Board of Probation and Parole to reduce red tape by 25 percent over the next three years to make it easier for people to get into certain occupations.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Freshman Focus: Rep. Kyle Mullins

Freshman Focus: Rep. Kyle Mullins

Meet Rep. Kyle Mullins (D-Lackawanna). He wants to focus on public education and improving the way state government works.

Find out more about Mullins in The PLS Reporter's series, Freshman Focus. 

Wednesday, March 13, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
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