DEP floats fee increase to pay for enhanced water quality monitoring

DEP floats fee increase to pay for enhanced water quality monitoring

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection announced Tuesday that its rulemaking arm—the Environmental Quality Board—will be examining a proposal at its Wednesday meeting to increase fees for new and amended water permits and implement annual fees for community water systems, non-community water systems, and bottled, vended, retail and bulk water suppliers in order to hire more water quality inspectors.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Pittsburgh City Council confirms first director of the city's new Department of Mobility and Infrastructure

Pittsburgh City Council confirms first director of the city's new Department of Mobility and Infrastructure

Pittsburgh City Council Monday confirmed Karina Ricks Monday, the city’s first director of the Department of Mobility and Infrastructure.

A former associate director in Washington D.C’s transportation department, Ricks begin at the new Pittsburgh department in February as interim director making a salary of $103,936 a year. The department’s annual budget is $439,643.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Allegheny County Controller calls on PWSA to stop installation of partial lead line replacements ahead of "blitz"

Allegheny County Controller calls on PWSA to stop installation of partial lead line replacements ahead of "blitz"

At a news conference Monday, Allegheny County Controller Chelsea Wagner urged the Pittsburgh Water and Sewage Authority to halt the installation of partial lead line replacements on the city’s public water lines.

Wagner’s comments come ahead of PWSA’s “blitz” plans to install 1,500 partial line replacements on city water lines in the coming months. The water authority installed partial line replacements at approximately 275 residencies across the city from January 2016 to April 2017.

Monday, May 15, 2017/Author: Iain Oldman
Categories: Pittsburgh
New statewide reentry council seeks to break down the barriers to successful post-prison life

New statewide reentry council seeks to break down the barriers to successful post-prison life

Governor Tom Wolf, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, and other local and state officials came together Monday afternoon to announce the beginning of the Pennsylvania Reentry Council.

The council is designed to educate the public, law enforcement, and lawmakers on the importance of prisoner reentry into Pennsylvania communities. It’s intended not only to aid the community, but also make Pennsylvania safer and reduce the 67 percent statewide recidivism rate in Pennsylvania.

Monday, May 15, 2017/Author: Kyle Maguire
Categories: News and Views
Gov. Wolf says DNC surplus should’ve been returned to PA taxpayers

Gov. Wolf says DNC surplus should’ve been returned to PA taxpayers

Gov. Tom Wolf over the weekend said a $4 million surplus in funds left over from the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia should have been returned to Pennsylvania’s taxpayers.

Monday, May 15, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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