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The Allegheny Front

Episode for August 2, 2019

Some hope a shutdown of an oil refinery can be an example of a just transition that benefits workers, community and environment. A new book tells the story of a clean energy pioneer trying to get wind power to where it's needed most. We fact-checked President Trump's environmental claims. The community sounds off on a clean air settlement with U.S. Steel.

Episode for July 26, 2019

Scientists are trying to learn more about unique wetlands full of carnivorous plants, rare birds and floating sphagnum moss.  A rare butterfly has found refuge at a military base. President Trump made good on a promise to fund the sandy restoration of popular beaches on Lake Erie. Plus, how to become a watershed steward.

Episode for July 19, 2019

Ohio residents are starting their own health registry for people who live near oil and gas infrastructure.  A halted pipeline project in West Virginia has divided many in the state. Citizen scientists are helping researchers monitor firefly populations. And Monet and modern air pollution.

Episode for July 12, 2019

Families with high levels of PFAS chemicals in their well water are in limbo. We look at a landfill's effort to turn trash into fuel and a Delaware River hotdog stand. Pipeline protesters no longer face trespassing charges after reaching an agreement with prosecutors. A former Obama official and Harvard law professor gives her take on Trump's environmental efforts.

Episode for July 5, 2019

We talk with a former Obama official and Harvard law professor about President Trump's Affordable Clean Energy Rule to reduce carbon emissions from the power sector, which could actually increase CO2.  We have the latest on air violations at U.S. Steel's Clairton Coke Works and news about another polluting coke works in Erie.

Episode for June 28, 2019

An artist discusses what trees mean to her work. Citizens stepped in to protect water from fracking waste when Ohio regulators did not. Environmentalists, religious leaders, and members of indigenous communities gathered for a water rally. Parents look for deeper answers as to whether cancer cases in their community are linked to fracking.

Episode for June 21, 2019

A law in Ohio favors energy development over private property rights. A Pa. bill would offer comprehensive coverage for Lyme disease. A four-day Kiski-Conemaugh kayak trip focuses on recreation, while efforts are underway to clean up mine drainage in the watershed. News about Trump's replacement climate change plan.

Episode for June 14, 2019

A multi-part series about fracking in Ohio kicks off with a look at citizen complaints. Many feel their concerns aren't being addressed by regulators. A law professor discusses the differences between drilling oversight in Ohio and Pennsylvania. An art project brings attention to toxic dyes in blue jeans, while a multi-state agency that regulates pollution in the Ohio River just made their standards voluntary.

Episode for June 7, 2019

A rural Ohio town deals with the closure of a coal-fired power plant. We hear from our reporter about the details of a sealed agreement between a gas driller and residents of Washington County. We have tips from an expert on avoiding ticks that carry Lyme disease. 
The Allegheny Front

The Allegheny Front

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