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Episode for December 1, 2023

The Allegheny Front

Release Date: 12/01/2023

Episode for April 19, 2024: Offshore wind energy, teens & climate action, plastic on Great Lakes beaches show art Episode for April 19, 2024: Offshore wind energy, teens & climate action, plastic on Great Lakes beaches

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This week on The Allegheny Front, as the transition to cleaner energy ramps up, a port is being built in New Jersey for the massive wind turbines headed into the Atlantic Ocean. And we talk with the author of a new report on tiny pieces of plastic litter on Great Lakes beaches. Plus, teens in Pittsburgh look to one another to solve the climate crisis. Also, the Environmental Protection Agency releases new rules to reduce cancer risk from hazardous air pollution near chemical plants. Federal mine regulators publish a long-awaited rule to the amount of toxic silica dust mine workers can legally...

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Episode for April 12, 2023: Transitioning from coal, the Farm Bill, PFAS rule show art Episode for April 12, 2023: Transitioning from coal, the Farm Bill, PFAS rule

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Will you tell us how we’re doing? Centralia, Washington, has been cited as a model for how to successfully transition away from coal.  What can the Appalachian region can learn from its example? And the new Farm Bill is being held up in Congress, but conservationists are pushing legislators to get it passed. Plus, the threat of Lyme disease doesn’t mean we shouldn’t enjoy the outdoors. News about a $1 million-dollar fine for a gas leak that was called the country’s worst climate disaster in 2022, EPA’s new rule for PFAS in drinking water and a class action settlement with...

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Episode for April 5, 2024: More trails for central Pa., balancing jobs and energy efficiency, kids explore birds show art Episode for April 5, 2024: More trails for central Pa., balancing jobs and energy efficiency, kids explore birds

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Will you tell us how we’re doing? The Department of Energy just finalized a rule to make the energy grid more efficient. While local workers are cheering, energy efficiency advocates say it's investing in old technology. Pittsburgh-area students had a special day to compose songs and poems and create art all about birds. Construction on the first section of 53 miles of trails in central Pa. is set to begin. Plus, we answer questions from adults and kids about the upcoming solar eclipse. We have news about federal funds to clean up abandoned mineland and the Tioga River, how withdrawing...

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Episode for March 29, 2024: Lackawanna River, chemical recycling, solar show art Episode for March 29, 2024: Lackawanna River, chemical recycling, solar

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The Lackawanna River in northeastern Pennsylvania was once polluted from mining and sewage. We profile the longtime leader of a conservation group who spearheaded its cleanup. Chemical recycling plants that turn plastic into fuels and other materials have been proposed in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio. Why some residents worry about pollution and safety. Plus, a Penn State professor gives us the scoop on why the upcoming solar eclipse is such a big deal. A Pennsylvania college student is developing a new technology could save one million horseshoe crabs each year. We have news about a...

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Episode for March 22, 2024: storing carbon underground, preserving coal mining history and watching birds show art Episode for March 22, 2024: storing carbon underground, preserving coal mining history and watching birds

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Companies can take advantage of federal tax credits by capturing their carbon emissions to keep them out of the atmosphere. Now farmers and others are being approached to lease their land to bury this carbon underground. Plus, we'll hear about an effort to preserve the records of a Pennsylvania coal company. And springtime is nestcam season, prompting some bird lovers to worry over the drama unfolding on their screens. A longtime nest watcher has some advice. We have news about the compliance with the plastic bag ban in Pittsburgh, a Superfund site in Jefferson County and private well testing...

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Episode for March 15, 2024: Ethane crackers, Shapiro's renewable energy standards, USDA's planting map show art Episode for March 15, 2024: Ethane crackers, Shapiro's renewable energy standards, USDA's planting map

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A new study finds that petrochemical plants like Shell's ethane cracker in Pennsylvania are getting billions in subsidies while breaking environmental laws. People who live near construction sites along the Mountain Valley Pipeline say regulators won't return their calls about water pollution from the project. Drexel researchers are gearing up to conduct ozone research in the atmosphere during the solar eclipse. And, as winters have warmed, the map that millions of gardeners rely on has been updated. We have news about Gov. Josh Shapiro's proposals for a cap-and-trade carbon program and new...

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Episode for March 8, 2024: Restoring American chestnuts and fracking in WV show art Episode for March 8, 2024: Restoring American chestnuts and fracking in WV

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American chestnut trees once thrived in the Appalachian Mountains, but no longer. Now, researchers and advocates disagree on plan to bring them back. We’ll also hear about how families experienced severe symptoms living near an EQT fracking site in West Virginia. The company is expanding into the state and looking to dominate exports of liquified natural gas. Plus, a peak into the springtime mating dance of the American woodcock. We have news about yet another U.S. Steel fine, an update to a controversial plan to build near a wetland and what a transportation safety official has to say about...

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Episode for March 1, 2023: Fracking Ohio's parks, our relationship with deer, pipeline problems show art Episode for March 1, 2023: Fracking Ohio's parks, our relationship with deer, pipeline problems

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A commission approved bids to frack under Ohio's largest state park, wildlife areas and other properties. An author of a new book on deer asks us to examine our relationship with these ubiquitous animals. And a new plant in Weirton is gearing up to make storage batteries for renewable energy plants.  We have news about construction problems along the Mountain Valley Pipeline, a withdrawal of another gas pipeline in Westmoreland County and the state is capping abandoned gas wells, while companies keep abandoning new ones.

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February 23, 2024: Ohio River, Lake Erie Turtles, SCOTUS air quality case show art February 23, 2024: Ohio River, Lake Erie Turtles, SCOTUS air quality case

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A new report is a step in the effort to get federal funds to restore the 14-state Ohio River watershed, still plagued by old and new pollution. We visit Lake Erie to learn about invasive pet turtles. Plus, how the latest Supreme Court case about air pollution could bring more smog to Pennsylvania. And why environmental groups are upset with Gov. Shapiro's economic plan.  We have news about President Biden's visit to East Palestine, VP Harris' visit to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Bird Towns and American martens. 

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Episode for February 16, 2024 show art Episode for February 16, 2024

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We break down all the air quality news from the last few weeks: a new soot rule, a landmark settlement with U.S. Steel over a 2018 fire, and the EPA's rejection of the company's air permit. We'll also hear about how future methane-spewing blowouts from gas storage facilities could happen because of design flaws in the wells. Plus, the search for an endangered flying squirrel in Pennsylvania.  We have news about a new effort to bring in federal clean energy funds to the Pittsburgh region, outdoor recreation in Pa., funds to clean up coal mine pollution and more.

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