PennPIRG http://wesa.fm en Research Group Says 5 Million Pennsylvanians Live Near High Risk Chemical Plant http://wesa.fm/post/research-group-says-5-million-pennsylvanians-live-near-high-risk-chemical-plant <p>The Pennsylvania Public Interest Research Group (PennPIRG) released a report Thursday saying more than 5 million Pennsylvanians live near what the group calls a “high risk” chemical plant.</p><p>Representatives from the group gathered across from Union Station in downtown Pittsburgh to call on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to stop the use of toxic chemicals and impose stronger transportation safety requirements.</p><p>Mary Kate Ranii, a canvass director for PennPIRG, said government needs to do a better job of protecting the public from harmful chemicals.</p> Fri, 09 Aug 2013 14:20:01 +0000 Michael Lynch 14525 at http://wesa.fm Stafford Loan Increase Deadline Looms Over Pennsylvania Students http://wesa.fm/post/stafford-loan-increase-deadline-looms-over-pennsylvania-students <p>While college students are taking the summer off from schoolwork and exams, politicians in Congress are frantically doing some writing of their own — legislation — on how to prevent loan interest rate costs from increasing.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The interest rate on federally subsidized Stafford loans is currently at 3.4 percent, but it is set to revert back to 6.8 percent July 1, the rate it was before the 2007 College Affordability Plan gradually lowered it.</span></p> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 19:42:45 +0000 Jessica Nath 10925 at http://wesa.fm