While PWSA gets permission to consider new lead pipe treatment, House to review new replacement rules next week

While PWSA gets permission to consider new lead pipe treatment, House to review new replacement rules next week

The Pittsburgh Water and Sewage Authority Board announced Friday they’d gained state approval to introduce a chemical into their water treatment process that would help to lower lead levels. 

Meanwhile, Rep. Alex Charlton's (R-Delaware), HB 2075, to amend state law and let PUC-regulated utilities use their dollars on full lead line replacements, has a hearing next week.

Friday, May 18, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
City, advocates push buck back and forth over accessibility enforcement

City, advocates push buck back and forth over accessibility enforcement

After hearing impassioned testimony from disability advocates, Pittsburgh City Council met Wednesday to figure out how well the city enforces federal disability law.

The meeting, called for by Councilwoman Deb Gross (District 7) was in response to an April council meeting where three bills to alter permits and licensing procedures were held up by public comment.

Thursday, May 10, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh council looks for ways to combat climate change

Pittsburgh council looks for ways to combat climate change

Pittsburgh City Council heard testimony from experts on the city’s ambitious, thrice-redrafted Climate Action Plan Tuesday.

Currently the plan includes reducing Pittsburgh’s greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050, cutting transportation emissions in half by 2030 and divesting the city’s pension fund from fossil fuels. 

Tuesday, May 8, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
City Controller releases Pittsburgh's 2017 annual financial report

City Controller releases Pittsburgh's 2017 annual financial report

Pittsburgh City Controller Michael Lamb released the city’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for 2017 Tuesday. Lamb reported that Pittsburgh, whose fiscal year ended New Year’s Eve, is on the road to financial stability, but still has much room to grow.
Tuesday, May 1, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Looking for heroines, Pittsburghers gather on eve of Foster removal to pick a new statue

Looking for heroines, Pittsburghers gather on eve of Foster removal to pick a new statue

Pittsburgh’s controversial Stephen Foster Memorial was taken down from its perch in Oakland early Thursday morning. But the previous night, with the help of the Task Force on Women in Public Art, city residents had their own conversation about who should replace the noted song smith on his pedestal.

Thursday, April 26, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
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