Anti-nuclear activists raise waste concerns as atomic power works way back into political spotlight

Anti-nuclear activists raise waste concerns as atomic power works way back into political spotlight

As the 40th anniversary of the Three Mile Island meltdown approaches, local activists are launching a campaign against nuclear power in the state. Their effort opened Tuesday by questioning how to dispose of the industry’s waste.

“We still have five nuclear power plants, nine reactors and no nuclear toilet,” longtime activist Eric Epstein said.

The conversation comes as federal politicians try to restart a national conversation on where to put America’s nuclear waste, and state nuclear allies prepare to make the case that without aid, the industry could go bust in Pennsylvania.
Tuesday, October 2, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Pittsburgh City Council hears testimony on public private partnership

Pittsburgh City Council hears testimony on public private partnership

At protests, hearings and in public comment since spring, many Pittsburgh residents have made it clear that they don’t want the Steel City to accept Peoples Gas’ offer for a public private partnership with the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority.  

 

But after hearing out constituentscouncil felt it was time to hear from the experts and allow members to have a deeper discussion about what a public-private partnership could mean for the city. 

Friday, September 28, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pipeline protest bill amended in committee, but civil rights concerns remain

Pipeline protest bill amended in committee, but civil rights concerns remain

A controversial Senate bill that civil rights advocates fear would unnecessarily punish pipeline protesters was toned down in committee Tuesday morning.

SB 652 from Sen. Mike Regan (R-Cumberland) would have created special criminal trespass charges for incidents on "critical infrastructure projects, including near existing or under construction pipelines.
Tuesday, September 25, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Allegheny County environmental activists, elected officials demand air quality accountability from leadership

Allegheny County environmental activists, elected officials demand air quality accountability from leadership

Even as the smog clouds that have characterized the city for decades fade, Pittsburgh continues to have lackluster air quality.

The way to fix this, according to activists, is to start from the top, with County Executive Rich Fitzgerald.

Since July, three environmentalist groups — the Clean Air Council, PennEnvironment and the Breathe Project — have gathered outside Allegheny County Courthouse each Friday with signs, grievances, and the occasional protest song. The events have followed clean air activism that's sporadically popped up since March.

Friday, September 14, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Residents wary of PWSA rate increases even with promised investments

Residents wary of PWSA rate increases even with promised investments

The Pennsylvania Utility Commission held a public hearing to gauge residents' feelings on the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority’s proposed raise to residential rates Tuesday.

The suggested increase for 2019 is 17.1 percent, which the authority says will fund $74 million in infrastructure improvements and provide $163 million for maintenance and operations.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
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