This week on The Allegheny Front, Carnegie Mellon researchers designed robots to clean up the Three Mile Island accident. That was just the beginning. A local high school student who organized Pittsburgh’s Youth Climate Strike. A carbon-free society will need a skilled workforce. News about abandoned gas wells, controlling spotted lanternflies and the Clairton Coke Works.
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- Green New Deal and the Promise of Jobs - Supporters say jobs are a critical part of the Green New Deal. But many sectors of the workforce need to be ready.
- Robots helped clean up Three Mile Island. That was just the beginning. - A young team at Carnegie Mellon University helped expand the fledgling field of robotics by creating robots to clean up the contamination.
- Pa. Looking for New Ways to Fight Spotted Lanternfly - Despite efforts to contain it, the insect has spread to neighboring states. The Secretary of Ag says it's invasive "economically, socially, and environmentally."
- Meet an Organizer of the Pittsburgh Youth Climate Strike - Youth across the globe are protesting inaction on climate change. One local girl has taken the lead here in Pittsburgh. "What gives me hope is that people my age are doing this."
- Health Dept. Revises Order After U.S. Steel Updates Repair Timeline - U.S. Steel now has until April 15 to fix the Clairton Coke Works' pollution controls. In the meantime, they'll still have excessive sulfur dioxide emissions.
- State Reaches $7M Agreement Over 1,400 Abandoned Oil and Gas Wells - The Alabama company must either plug the wells, or put them back into production over the next 14 years.
- Rep. Mehaffie Talks Up His Nuclear Bailout Bill; Opponents Line Up to Trash It - Proponents say it will stem climate change and help keep nuclear plants open. Opponents say it will hurt wind and solar and costs too much.