This week on The Allegheny Front, what will it take to clean up illegal dumping sites for good? Plus, we’ve all heard that Pittsburgh’s air quality is much better than it was, but data show industry is still holding the region back from making progress on cleaner air. And 40 years ago this month, President Carter made history by declaring a man-made environmental disaster a federal health emergency. (Photo: John Altdorfer / PublicSource)
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Stories in this episode
- Allegheny County has a Massive Illegal Dump Problem. Could $1 Million Solve this Problem for Good? - A small nonprofit is trying to clean up Allegheny County’s illegal dumps. But if it’s going to work, it needs local governments to step up.
- Forest Soils are Absorbing Less Methane. Here’s Why That Matters. - The trend could explain, in part, rising atmospheric levels of methane, a potent greenhouse gas.
- Remembering the ‘Slow-Motion Disaster’ That Was Love Canal - This month marks the 40th anniversary of President Jimmy Carter declaring Love Canal a federal health emergency. It was the first time a man-made disaster was given that declaration.
- As More Storms Roll in, How Will Power Companies Keep the Lights On? - Of the 50 outages in Pennsylvania last year, 47 were caused by severe weather. Lightning, excessive rain, wind, ice and extreme temperatures all spell trouble for power companies.
- Pittsburgh’s Air Quality is Better, But Still Not Great - Although the city is a far cry from the old adage “hell with the lid off,” Pittsburgh still struggles with pollution.