While PWSA gets permission to consider new lead pipe treatment, House to review new replacement rules next week

While PWSA gets permission to consider new lead pipe treatment, House to review new replacement rules next week

The Pittsburgh Water and Sewage Authority Board announced Friday they’d gained state approval to introduce a chemical into their water treatment process that would help to lower lead levels. 

Meanwhile, Rep. Alex Charlton's (R-Delaware), HB 2075, to amend state law and let PUC-regulated utilities use their dollars on full lead line replacements, has a hearing next week.

Friday, May 18, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Pittsburgh and Allegheny County file suit against opioid manufacturers

Pittsburgh and Allegheny County file suit against opioid manufacturers

In response to the rising number of opioid-related deaths, Allegheny County and the City of Pittsburgh filed lawsuits against eight pharmaceutical companies on Tuesday.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Tags: Opioids
City, advocates push buck back and forth over accessibility enforcement

City, advocates push buck back and forth over accessibility enforcement

After hearing impassioned testimony from disability advocates, Pittsburgh City Council met Wednesday to figure out how well the city enforces federal disability law.

The meeting, called for by Councilwoman Deb Gross (District 7) was in response to an April council meeting where three bills to alter permits and licensing procedures were held up by public comment.

Thursday, May 10, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh council members hope to keep some control after PWSA restructuring

Pittsburgh council members hope to keep some control after PWSA restructuring

Pittsburgh city council Wednesday voted to hold a bill that would change the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority board and governance, as members try to find a way to keep some council oversight over the city’s water system.

The members now plan to hold two future public meetings in June before a final vote at the end of the month.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh council looks for ways to combat climate change

Pittsburgh council looks for ways to combat climate change

Pittsburgh City Council heard testimony from experts on the city’s ambitious, thrice-redrafted Climate Action Plan Tuesday.

Currently the plan includes reducing Pittsburgh’s greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050, cutting transportation emissions in half by 2030 and divesting the city’s pension fund from fossil fuels. 

Tuesday, May 8, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
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