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Episode for April 12, 2019

This week on The Allegheny Front, surveying Pittsburgh's rivers to see if a salamander is bouncing back, in hopes that an endangered mussel can make a comeback, too. The story of how one school teacher saved a swampy patch of suburb for salamanders. A planned gas storage hub meets resistance and utility companies look to a younger generation.

Episode for April 5, 2019

This week on The Allegheny Front, Japan bets on hydrogen-fueled vehicles, but will consumers buy them? We talk with a reporter who found "chaos" when she went to New Mexico to see how the government is managing drilling on public lands. DEP is investigating well water contamination from fracking in suburbs. Plus, the fast food industry embraces the vegan burger that bleeds.

Episode for March 29, 2019

This week on The Allegheny Front, we look back at the Three Mile Island nuclear accident on this 40th anniversary. We'll hear from residents who still live near the nuclear power station and consider the consequences if the struggling plant, and others like it in Pennsylvania, are powered down. Plus an investigation of a rare cancer in one community.

Episode for March 22, 2019

This week on The Allegheny Front, some communities are dropping glass from residential recycling programs. The 40th anniversary of the partial meltdown at Three Mile Island has some taking another look at thyroid cancer rates in Pennsylvania. And critics of the Green New Deal say health care and jobs are great, but cutting carbon takes precedence.

Episode for March 15, 2019

Carnegie Mellon researchers designed robots to help clean up the Three Mile Island accident. That was just the beginning. We talk with the local high school student who organized Pittsburgh's Youth Climate Strike. Meanwhile, a carbon-free society will need a skilled workforce. News about abandoned gas wells, controlling the spotted lanternfly and Clairton Coke Works.

Episode for March 8, 2019

This week on The Allegheny Front, a study shows coal ash is contaminating groundwater. Gov. Wolf's proposal to move environmental funds draws criticism. A cheaper way to capture carbon. Pittsburgh gets federal recognition as the start of the Lewis and Clark trek. Plus, two retirees find friendship in birdwatching.

Episode for March 1, 2019

A woman who sued drillers testifies before a grand jury in a Pa. Attorney General probe. Voters in Toledo just gave Lake Erie legal rights. Youth are making the Green New Deal's case to lawmakers. And, enforcements of environmental laws are down at EPA. Plus, a decline in insect populations and the latest on Clairton Coke Works.

Episode for February 22, 2019

This week on The Allegheny Front, Reid Frazier talks with NPR reporter, Howard Berkes about an NPR and Frontline investigation that revealed that regulators didn’t act when they could have to stop the exposure of thousands of coal miners to toxic silica dust. The investigation discovered there’s now an epidemic of black lung disease.

Episode for February 15, 2019

This week on The Allegheny Front, a pageant queen who values renewable energy as much as her crown. A new study finds diets in the U.S. lower in carbon footprint tend to be more healthy. In Ohio, lawmakers may reconsider a bill to loosen rules for a de-icer made from drilling waste found to contain radium. And a study finds waterways are getting saltier.

Episode for February 8, 2019

Changes could be coming to how pollution is regulated on the Ohio River. Fracking for natural gas is now a well-established industry, but the business model might not be as stable as it seems. A possible state bailout for nuclear energy. Plus, a winter sport that takes skill, grace and a little rebellion.
The Allegheny Front

The Allegheny Front

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