Environmental advocates call for harsher emissions restrictions in Allegheny County

Environmental advocates call for harsher emissions restrictions in Allegheny County

Environmental advocacy organizations gathered in front of the city-county building Wednesday, to urge the Allegheny County Health Department to place stricter regulations on the local Clairton Coke Works site. 

In addition to its sports teams, one of many things Pittsburgh and its surrounding area have become well-known for is lackluster air quality. At the press conference residents complained that in addition to their health concerns the air around them held a “putrid” odor they attribute to emissions of hydrogen sulfide.

Thursday, November 7, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
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Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and business leaders clash over petrochemical companies

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and business leaders clash over petrochemical companies

On Wednesday at a Climate Action summit, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto announced his opposition to bringing additional petrochemical companies to Western Pennsylvania.

In his remarks Peduto stated that his objections stem from concern over the impact of fossil fuels on climate change, the economy, and public health.
Thursday, October 31, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
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Pittsburghers debate reparations in local town hall meeting

Pittsburghers debate reparations in local town hall meeting

In the historic Hill District neighborhood, the People’s Campaign for Reparations and Black Self-Determination held a town hall to discuss racism, share their own stories, and explore what reparations would look like in the city of Pittsburgh.

When the matter was brought before Pittsburgh City Council, Khalil Raheem, founder of the New African Independence Party defined reparations as a way of using methods ranging from a formal apology to policy changes to address the impact the legacy of systemic racism has had on the black population.
Wednesday, October 30, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Pittsburghers disappointed with lack of gun control progress in year since the Tree of Life massacre

Pittsburghers disappointed with lack of gun control progress in year since the Tree of Life massacre

One year ago Sunday in the usually quiet neighborhood of Squirrel Hill, the Tree of Life massacre took place, as 11 people were murdered in a synagogue. In the year that’s followed, gun control advocates and members of the Jewish community in Pittsburgh said they’re disappointed with the lack of legislative action on gun control this week. 

“I am angry that my synagogue was attacked by a man with assault style weapons who murdered 11 of my fellow congregants and that in the bloody year since our tragedy there has been gun massacre after gun massacre,” Dana Kellerman, a member of Squirrel Hill Stands Against Gun Violence, told attendees. 
Friday, October 25, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
President Trump promises the future is in natural gas at Shale convention in Pittsburgh

President Trump promises the future is in natural gas at Shale convention in Pittsburgh

Amid protesters and banners to ‘Keep America Great’ President Donald Trump came to Pittsburgh to speak at the Shale Insight Conference on Wednesday afternoon at the David Lawrence Convention center. 

In a speech that pleased his supporters and horrified environmentalists Trump doubled down on his support of hydraulic fracturing, praised Pennsylvania’s potential for natural gas, and promised that the future of jobs in the commonwealth will come through investment in the natural gas industry. 
Thursday, October 24, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
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