Peregrine falcons are back on the Rachel Carson Building, decades after Silent Spring. Landowners are helping endangered species by protecting their land forever. Toxic PFAS chemicals from firefighting foam have been found at two military bases at the Pittsburgh airport. Plus, news about Chesapeake Bay clean-up efforts.
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- Decades after ‘Silent Spring,’ peregrine falcons thrive on Rachel Carson Building- The falcons, once completely wiped out in Pennsylvania, have settled on the 15th floor ledge of a building that’s home to DEP.
- How This Landowner is Helping to Protect Endangered Species- Bats and songbirds are in trouble in Pennsylvania. The government has turned to private landowners to help protect their habitat. Here’s the story of one those landowners.
- Report details PFAS contamination near Pittsburgh airport that ‘likely’ extends beyond military base boundaries- PFAS chemicals are linked to a variety of health concerns like low birthweight, thyroid problems and cancer.
- New Effort to Capture Invasive Turtles Pet Owners Release Onto Presque Isle- It's actually illegal to release turtles, like the red-eared slider into the wild. The turtles, which can live 30 years, are bad for native species.
- Wolf Rejects Senate’s Infrastructure Proposal Funded by Forest Drilling- Senate Republicans say lifting Wolf's moratorium on new drilling in state forests could raise about a billion dollars a year.
- Chesapeake Bay Watchdog Criticizes Pa Over Pollution Reduction Progress- The Chesapeake Bay Foundation says the state's goals are "woefully short of what it will take to save the Bay."
- The Allegheny Front Wins Regional and Statewide Awards- Reporters brought home awards for coverage of conservation, air pollution and pipelines.
- AG Investigating Wastewater Case from Landfill that Accepts Fracking Waste- The landfill's wastewater was causing problems for the Belle Vernon municipal treatment plant.