Costa, Fontana plan to require PA to work towards keeping with the Paris Climate Accord

Costa, Fontana plan to require PA to work towards keeping with the Paris Climate Accord

In response to President Donald Trump’s dismissal of the Paris climate accord last week, Senators Jay Costa (D-Forest Hills) and Wayne Fontana (D-Brookline) plan to introduce state legislation that would continue Obama-era environmental regulations.  


Absent federal leadership and with the goal of keeping Pennsylvania on “a steady path in the battle against climate change,” the Pittsburgh-area lawmakers want to require the Department of Environmental Protection to adopt the requirements set forth in the Obama Clean Power Plan.  

Tuesday, June 6, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania state and city officials react to US withdrawal from Paris climate accord

Pennsylvania state and city officials react to US withdrawal from Paris climate accord

Since President Donald Trump’s Thursday afternoon announcement that the United States will be withdrawing from the 2015 Paris climate change agreement, Pennsylvania officials have voiced their concerns as to what the decision could mean for the state and its cities. 

Friday, June 2, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Turzai, Readshaw propose legislation for PUC to oversee the embattled Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority

Turzai, Readshaw propose legislation for PUC to oversee the embattled Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority

Speaker of the Pennsylvania House Mike Turzai (R-McCandless) and Rep. Harry Readshaw (D-Baldwin) announced Thursday that they plan to introduce legislation to place the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) under the oversight of the Public Utility Commission (PUC). 

Citing the many issues facing the authority, including multi-million dollar debt, unmetered accounts, incorrect billing, system leaks, noncompliance with federal water quality mandates, and unidentified lead-contaminated water service lines, the lawmakers say those issues call into serious question the sustainability of PWSA and the health and safety of those served by the system. 

Thursday, May 25, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Lead Safe Homes program open for business in Allegheny County

Lead Safe Homes program open for business in Allegheny County

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald announced Wednesday the inception of a program aiming to identify and control lead-based paint hazards in homes for county homeowners and rental units. 

The Allegheny Lead Safe Homes Program is being funded through a $4 million Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration Grant from U.S. Housing & Urban Development (HUD), Allegheny County and the City of Pittsburgh, and is expected to provide lead hazard control remediation in approximately 175 units. 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Veolia adds defamation claim to its case against Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority

Veolia adds defamation claim to its case against Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority

Veolia Water North America- the contractor hired by the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority to manage and improve its operations- announced this week that they are putting a halt to talks with the Authority and are initiating a formal arbitration proceeding. 

The two entities had been in negotiations since January after the PWSA claimed earlier that fall that Veolia “grossly mismanaged” the Authority’s operations.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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