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The Allegheny Front

Episode for February 28, 2020

A climate scientist says 'no' to flying. Greener packaging is big business. Pitt students push for fossil fuel divestment. Plus, will Pa. unions support a Democratic presidential candidate who opposes fracking?  A settlement for U.S. Steel's pollution and a criminal investigation over a pipeline explosion.

Episode for February 21, 2020

Good news for a bat species that's in decline. Former US Fish and Wildlife officials speak out against decreasing protections for migratory birds. Calls for a 'just transition' for coal workers in West Virginia and a fine for a landfill that takes fracking waste.

Episode for February 7, 2020

We head out on a hike for a different perspective on winter. Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf wants to fight climate change but this support of petrochemicals will make that harder to achieve. A new poll splits support in Pa. for a fracking ban. Plus, internal documents show the Trump administration tried to spin climate data about wildfires to promote logging.

Episode for January 31, 2020

Removing dams in the Ohio River watershed improves safety and fish habitat, but some residents aren't on board. Shipping on the Ohio River has gotten more dangerous with increased rainfall and rising rivers. Oil and gas workers are at risk from radioactive elements in fracking wastewater.
WOTUS

Episode for January 24, 2020

The Trump EPA ends protections for nearly a fifth of the nation's streams and half the wetlands, and proposes ending the requirement for environmental reviews and public input for all kinds of projects. Plus, what's next for air quality in Allegheny County? A look at mercury pollution in the Ohio River.

Episode for January 17, 2020

The Trump administration's policies couldn’t keep the largest privately-held coal company from bankruptcy. A new report details impacts from coal mining, while state park officials say they can't keep up with maintenance needs. Plus, living on a Lake Erie island.

Episode for January 10, 2020

A study shows thousands of lives saved from switching from coal to natural gas for power. An update on air quality in Pittsburgh and a settlement with U.S. Steel. A proposed rule by EPA would limit the kinds of scientific studies used to create environmental and public health regulations. Our Good River series about the Ohio River continues.

Episode for January 3, 2020

We revisit some of our biggest stories of 2019: 40th anniversary of the partial meltdown at Three Mile Island and links to thyroid cancer; environmental investigations involving the fracking boom; and a court order not publish the details of a sealed agreement between a gas driller and residents of Washington County. Plus, PFAS contamination of drinking water including private wells.
The Allegheny Front

The Allegheny Front

The Allegheny Front is an environmental reporting outlet covering issues in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.