In this episode, we explore how cost-cutting may be to blame for high levels of lead in Pittsburgh’s drinking water and take a look at an effort to update federal lead rules.
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Stories in this episode
- As in Flint, Cost-Cutting May Be to Blame for Pittsburgh’s High Lead Levels - The decision to switch to a cheaper, less-effective treatment chemical was likely a major contributor to the recent spike in lead levels in Pittsburgh's drinking water.
- What’s the Best Way to Protect People from Lead-Tainted Drinking Water? - Some say it's better corrosion control. Others say it's getting lead service lines out of the system altogether. But many observers agree that current federal regulations are totally inadequate.
- Pittsburgh Tried To Get Homeowners To Replace Their Lead Service Lines. Only One Person Did. - A pilot project in Lawrenceville highlights the complexity of getting lead pipes out of the city's water system.
- Here’s What Happens Inside a Lab Testing Pittsburghers’ Water For Lead - Some fancy science, that's what. As in some inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectroscopy — a process that can analyze samples quickly and with super-accurate results.
- Here’s How to Tell if You Have Lead Pipes in Your Home - Our partners at Michigan Radio's Environment Report put together this easy how-to guide to check if you might have lead lurking in your home's pipes and faucets.
- Is a Petrochemical Boom Heading for Pennsylvania? - Shell's ethane cracker may prove to just be an opening act. A new state-commissioned report says that by 2030, Pennsylvania could be a major hub for the nation's petrochemical industry.