EPA http://wesa.fm en Environmental Groups File Second Lawsuit Against EPA http://wesa.fm/post/environmental-groups-file-second-lawsuit-against-epa <p><span style="line-height: 15.75pt; font-size: 10.5pt; font-family: Georgia, serif;">Since 1990, the Clean Air Act has reduced emissions of six common pollutants by 41%, but according to a handful of environmental groups, Pennsylvania is not doing its job when it comes to haze.</span></p> Sat, 05 Jul 2014 12:44:21 +0000 Jess Lasky 31882 at http://wesa.fm Environmental Groups File Second Lawsuit Against EPA Abandoned Eyesores Get a Second Chance http://wesa.fm/post/abandoned-eyesores-get-second-chance <p>Abandoned buildings often deteriorate into community eyesores and remain untouched health hazards for decades. However, a new grant awarded to Beaver and Lawrence Counties from the EPA will be used to get abandoned sites on the path towards being redeveloped.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Beaver County received $600,000 and Lawrence County, $400,000 in federal </span>“brownfields”<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> grant money, which will pay for inspections and health risk assessments on derelict properties.</span></p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 20:19:06 +0000 Kaye Burnet 30238 at http://wesa.fm Downtown Government Building Rated High By Energy Star http://wesa.fm/post/downtown-government-building-rated-high-energy-star <p>What was once one of the most polluted cities in the nation now has 49 Energy Star certified commercial facilities.&nbsp;</p><p>It was announced Thursday that the City-County Building in downtown Pittsburgh has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Energy Star rating, meaning the building performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities in terms of energy efficiency nationwide.</p><p>County Executive Rich Fitzgerald said sustainability is something Allegheny County has been focused on for some time.</p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 16:02:10 +0000 Michael Lynch 22922 at http://wesa.fm 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 Leaked EPA Fracking Report Reports Leaks http://wesa.fm/post/leaked-epa-fracking-report-reports-leaks <p>A PowerPoint presentation leaked to reporters at the <a href="http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-epa-dimock-20130728,0,4847442.story">LA Times</a> and other news agencies implies that methane from hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, did contaminate wells in Dimock, PA.&nbsp; The report comes from a regional office of the Environmental Protection Agency. Many believe the information was not disclosed as a result of pressure from lobbyists and political figures at the national level.&nbsp;</p><p>According to the PowerPoint, the regional mid-Atlantic office of the EPA did not agree with the national decision to close the investigation in Dimock. Susan Phillips, Energy Reporter for StateImpact PA and <a href="http://tomwilber.blogspot.com/2013/03/pa-dep-considers-fracking-in-dimock.html">shale gas reporter and author, Tom Wilber</a> explained the difficult nature of regulating fracking and natural gas.</p><p> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 22:30:18 +0000 Katherine Blackley 14076 at http://wesa.fm Leaked EPA Fracking Report Reports Leaks Donora Plant Houses Huge Volumes of Ammonium Nitrate Fertilizer http://wesa.fm/post/donora-plant-houses-huge-volumes-ammonium-nitrate-fertilizer <p>After 30 tons of fertilizer detonated in West, Texas last April, investigators are looking into the cause of the explosion that killed fifteen people, including twelve firefighters and emergency responders.&nbsp; <a href="http://publicsource.org/investigations/explosives-maker-pa-has-400-times-more-ammonia-than-west-texas-plant">PublicSource reporter Bill Heltzel</a> has been investigating chemical plant <a href="http://www.dynonobel.com">Dyno Nobel</a> in Donora, PA, and gauging the town’s understanding of hazardous substance safety.&nbsp; United Steel Workers safety officer Kim Nibarger represents union workers at the plant.</p><p> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 20:34:54 +0000 Katherine Blackley 13558 at http://wesa.fm Donora Plant Houses Huge Volumes of Ammonium Nitrate Fertilizer Workers Rally for Southwest PA Coal Jobs http://wesa.fm/post/workers-rally-southwest-pa-coal-jobs <p>Boilermakers, utilities workers and politicians rallied Friday in an effort to save southwestern Pennsylvania coal jobs.</p><p>Congressman Tim Murphy (R-PA-18) took to the megaphone outside of Boilermakers Local 154 Hall in Pittsburgh to take a stand against the Environmental Protection Agency and its latest regulations that contribute to the closing of two Pittsburgh power plants.</p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 20:17:47 +0000 Michael Lynch 13029 at http://wesa.fm