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.
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- Could Membranes at Coal-Fired Power Plants Help Stop Climate Change? - Researchers at Pitt and DOE are working on a cheaper way to capture carbon from coal plants and store it underground.
- What Responsible Reporting on Scientific Research Looks Like - In the latest episode, a behind-the-scenes look at how reporters vet environmental research.
- Lawmakers Question Wolf’s ‘Intricate Web’ Of Environmental Funding - Governor Wolf wants to use special environmental funds to pay for the operations of DEP and DCNR. Hunting and fishing groups oppose the move.
- Birders Make the Best Friends - When you start out in birding, you get yourself a good pair of binoculars, a guide to birds, and some sturdy footwear. But something else you want to have is a mentor.
- Lewis And Clark Expedition’s Pittsburgh Roots Get Federal Recognition - It's official: Pittsburgh is the start of the epic journey. Expect historical markers, interpretive signs and tourists.
- Report: Coal Ash Contamination Widespread in U.S., Pa. - A new report finds coal ash pollution is leaking into groundwater at nine power plants around Pennsylvania and over 200 nationwide. One western Pa. site has arsenic 372 times the 'safe' level.