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Episode for February 24, 2024: The latest on the Ohio train derailment

The Allegheny Front

Release Date: 02/24/2023

Episode for July 19, 2024: Mine cleanups, chemical recycling and synchronous fireflies show art Episode for July 19, 2024: Mine cleanups, chemical recycling and synchronous fireflies

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This week, a stream polluted by an old coal mine at a former golf club is getting cleaned up thanks to a land trust and a new pot of federal money. Plus, we have news about why it's hard for states to access other federal mine reclamation money. We also talk with an author of a new report that says chemical recycling of plastics isn't all it's cracked up to be for the economy or the planet. We head to a festival celebrating a very special population of fireflies in Pennsylvania that flash in a pattern. We have news about Pa.'s budget, heat islands in Pa. cities, and a new dark sky park in the...

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Episode for July 12, 2024: Coal plant closure, downwind air pollution and hemlocks show art Episode for July 12, 2024: Coal plant closure, downwind air pollution and hemlocks

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Just over a year ago, the largest coal-fired power plant in Pennsylvania closed. For some, it's been hard to accept. We'll visit Homer City to hear how it's going. A US Supreme Court decision to put a cross-state air pollution rule on hold could impact clean air in Pennsylvania. And, we tag along with a crew trying to save hemlock trees from an invasive pest. Plus a new report outlines ways to keep kids playing outside in the warmer months. As fossil fuel production has gone up in the U.S., greenhouse gas emissions have gone down as, except in the region that includes Pennsylvania. The miles...

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Episode for July 5, 2024: Trout streams, coyote myths and using the whole fish show art Episode for July 5, 2024: Trout streams, coyote myths and using the whole fish

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This week on The Allegheny Front, commercial fisheries in the Great Lakes hope to follow an example set in Iceland. It calls for using every part of the fish to increase the value of each one caught, while decreasing waste. And, central Pennsylvania is one of the best places for fly fishing, but there is a need to protect its prized streams from farm pollution. Plus, as coyotes move into cities, we have to face our myths about them.

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Episode for June 28, 2024 show art Episode for June 28, 2024

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The National Transportation Safety Board approved its investigative findings into last year’s train derailment in East Palestine. It issued recommendations on rail safety and emergency response, criticizing Norfolk Southern for keeping critical information away from responders. Former workers at an oil refinery in Philadelphia remember the fire and explosion five years ago that shuttered the plant. Plus, giant wood sculptures at a botanic garden help visitors understand the bees and other pollinators that live among us. We have news about pollution from gas stoves, another mishap at the...

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Episode for June 21, 2024 show art Episode for June 21, 2024

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This week, the first town in Allegheny County commits to creating a bird-friendly community as an official Bird Town. We also talk with a climate scientist about how this week’s heat wave is related to climate change. We have a preview of next week’s release of the final report of a federal investigation into last year’s Norfolk Southern train derailment in East Palestine, which will include insights into the decision to vent vinyl chloride from some of the railcars and burn it, which caused chemical contamination. We have news about toxic PFAS in school drinking water, concerns about a...

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Episode for June 14, 2024: A community fights for clean water, Black Birders Week, PFAS show art Episode for June 14, 2024: A community fights for clean water, Black Birders Week, PFAS

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CNX plans to use methane from coal mines to make hydrogen and clean jet fuel. To pay for it, they want to use new clean energy tax credits. Inside a brewing fight over billions of dollars in hydrogen subsidies. Some residents of Greene County want answers from EQT and state regulators about why their well water is giving them rashes after showers. They blame an event two years ago for their dirty water. Plus, we talk with a family participating in Black Birders Week for the first time.  We have news about a whistleblower’s claim against EPA’s East Palestine clean-up, PFAS in...

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Episode for June 7, 2024: Doctors take climate action, A community fights flooding show art Episode for June 7, 2024: Doctors take climate action, A community fights flooding

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This week, hospitals have a big carbon footprint. We report on how local medical professionals are fighting climate change. Some politicians and advocates are calling for a ban on the longtime practice of spreading drilling wastewater on dirt and gravel roads. We talk to a former DEP secretary who says this practice should remain illegal. Flooding can be devasting for communities. We look at what one Ohio River town is doing to prevent future disasters. Plus, the latest problem for the Mountain Valley Pipeline. We have news about how a new coke oven rule will impact the Clairton Coke Works, a...

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Episode for May 31,2024: Norfolk Southern settlement, pipeline concerns and helping mussels show art Episode for May 31,2024: Norfolk Southern settlement, pipeline concerns and helping mussels

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This week on The Allegheny Front, Norfolk Southern will invest $200 million in rail safety as part of a settlement with the federal government over last year's train derailment in East Palestine. Earlier this month, a controversial natural gas pipeline that will soon go online failed a crucial safety test. We speak with a reporter who is following the story. Some student entrepreneurs looked for alternatives to firefighting foam and equipment which commonly contain PFAS, those forever chemicals linked to increased cancer risk.  We have news about federal money for cleaner school buses,...

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Episode for May 24, 2024: Native plants, invasive snails and the state of fireflies show art Episode for May 24, 2024: Native plants, invasive snails and the state of fireflies

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This week, we talk to entomologist and author Doug Tallamy, who wants people to landscape with native plants to feed bees and other pollinators. His goal is for half of the 40 million acres of lawn in the U.S. to be replanted with native species in what he calls the "Home Grown National Park." We'll also visit a special bog habitat in eastern Pennsylvania that was formed in the ice age. Plus, we join researchers at Presque Isle State Park who are looking for an invasive snail that has gained a foothold in Lake Erie. New research reveals how fireflies are faring in the eastern U.S. We have news...

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Episode for May 17, 2024: Invasives in Pa. waterways, a coastal plain forest wins an award, green weddings show art Episode for May 17, 2024: Invasives in Pa. waterways, a coastal plain forest wins an award, green weddings

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A new film focuses on invasive species in some of Pennsylvania's pristine waters. The executive producer talks about how people can help keep invasives at bay. Also, a Superfund site in the woods of Bucks County won an environmental award. It's one of the Pennsylvania's last remaining coastal plain forests. As wedding season approaches, we look at ways to create an earth-friendly celebration. And new coke oven rules are expected to be finalized soon. We report on how they could impact U.S. Steel's Allegheny County facilities. We have news about Pittsburgh Regional Transit's climate plan,...

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We have more on the aftermath of the Norfolk Southern train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio. We hear from residents in Beaver County who feel left out of the response and farmers concerned about the black soot they found on their homes and property. Experts are now warning dioxins could be present. Plus, some are looking for additional soil and water testing from independent researchers outside of the government.