This week on The Allegheny Front, prosecutors in Pennsylvania are looking into possible environmental crimes committed during the fracking boom. New technology aims to recycle flexible plastic like candy wrappers. Pa. commits to goals in the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. Plus, the latest on the Clairton Coke Works, the Pa. nuclear bailout and oil/gas waste.
LISTEN: Episode for May 3, 2019 (29:00 minutes)
- Pa Prosecutors Eye Potential ‘Environmental Crimes’ of Oil and Gas Companies- Pa. Attorney General Josh Shapiro seems to be making good on a campaign promise to "hold the oil and gas companies criminally liable for poisoning our air and our drinking water.”
- Nuclear Subsidies Face an Uphill Battle in Pennsylvania- The legacy of Three Mile Island and political support for the gas industry make subsidies to keep nuclear plants open a hard sell.
- EPA Declines to Regulate Oil and Gas Waste- Regulation will be up to states. Waste can be contaminated with chemicals and metals, and even be radioactive.
- This company wants to recycle your plastic bags. There’s a lot riding on whether it succeeds.- Plastic bags, shrink wrap, candy wrappers are all flexible plastic, but you can't recycle it curbside. One company is trying to change that.
- Groups Sue U.S. Steel, Alleging Potentially ‘Thousands’ of Clean Air Act Violations- Pollution controls were off-line for over three months following a Christmas Eve fire. The lawsuit claims that at least 90,000 people were put at risk from toxic air pollution.
- Pennsylvania Commits to Paris Agreement Climate Goals- Pennsylvania becomes the 24th state to join the U.S. Climate Alliance. Its climate action plan calls for 80 percent carbon cuts by 2050.