Environment


 Larry Schweiger

PennFuture picks Pittsburgh native as CEO

Larry Schweiger replaces former president and CEO Cindy Dunn, who now heads the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

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 Allegheny County had an average of about 107 asbestos-related deaths a year for the 15 years studied, the highest of any county in the state.

Study: Asbestos deaths in Allegheny County, Pa. much higher than national average

Asbestos, called the “hidden killer” because illnesses take decades to develop, still causes diseases despite not being made in the U.S.

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 The state game commission preliminarily passed a measure Tuesday to raise the fine to $2,500 for killing bald or golden eagles, which are protected under state and federal law even though they aren’t considered an endangered or threatened species in Pennsylvania.

State proposes raising fines for killing bald or golden eagles

In time for July 4, the Pennsylvania Game Commission proposed raising fines for killing bald eagles to $2,500 for a first offense.

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 In this April 2010 file photo, oil can be seen in the Gulf of Mexico, more than 50 miles southeast of Venice on Louisiana's tip, as a large plume of smoke rises from fires on BP's Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig.

Gulf states reach $18.7 billion settlement with BP over oil spill

The settlement in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill represents the largest environmental settlement in American history.

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 Joe Divack, assistant executive director of Allegheny CleanWays, stands in a dump site in Hazelwood.

Nonprofit, task force targeting Hazelwood litter

Volunteers have collected nearly 50 tons of trash alone this year.

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 Emergency personnel stand by as evacuees gather at the Foothills Mall early today in Maryville, Tenn., after they were forced to leave their homes when a rail car carrying a flammable and toxic gas derailed and caught fire.

Train carrying gas derails, 5,000 evacuated in Tenn.

The CSX train derailed in Blount County in the Maryville area, south of Knoxville.

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 A plume of exhaust extends from the Mitchell Power Station in Washington County in September 2013.

Pa. impact may be 'minimal' as Supreme Court overturns EPA's mercury rule

The 5-4 decision found the EPA did not consider compliance costs in regulating power plant emissions of mercury and air pollutants.

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U.S. top court invalidates Obama administration EPA regulation

The justices ruled in a 5-4 decision that the EPA should have weighed the cost of compliance in deciding whether to regulate the pollutants.

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 Dennis Bateman, exhibit director at the Carnegie Science Museum, shows one of the displays from the "H2Oh!: Why Our Rivers Matter" exhibit.

Carnegie Science Center goes with the flow with 'H2Oh!'

Water Weekends at the Carnegie Science Center are filled to overflowing with cool activities about H2Oh!

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 Urgenda Foundation lawyer Koos van der Berg, left, is congratulated after a Dutch court ordered the government to cut the country’s greenhouse gas emissions by at least 25 percent by 2020 in a groundbreaking climate case that activists hope will set a worldwide precedent in The Hague, Netherlands, on Wednesday.

Landmark Dutch ruling: Cut emissions to protect citizens

It was a landmark ruling in a case brought by hundreds of citizens that could pave the way for similar legal battles around the world.

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World briefs: Pakistan heat wave tollclimbs to 650

Plus: Catholic divorcee rules, Greek concessions rile, Taliban pushed back, Endangered turtles found

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 Mt. Lebanon commissioners discuss deer management improvements during a Monday meeting.

Mt. Lebanon's deer management meeting sparks no protests

The meeting was not billed as a decision-making event, and no decisions were made.

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White House pushes tougher rules for fuel economy of heavy trucks, buses

The EPA wants higher fuel-economy standards for heavy-duty trucks and buses to further cut carbon-dioxide emissions.

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 “Pittsburgh’s not cruising along like the most thriving areas of the country, but you’re doing pretty well,” said one labor economist.

Study: Pittsburgh economy solid but lags in climate, population growth

The Pittsburgh region’s growth is above the national average but not thriving like other areas, a U.S. Conference of Mayors report says.

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South Fayette sets hearing on revised drilling ordinance

South Fayette commissioners will hold a public hearing July 8 on a proposal to restrict drilling sites to areas zoned for industrial use.

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 Elise Truchan looks out from the top window of the treehouse in the tree on the front lawn of her family's home in Leet Township.

Treehouse or accessory structure? One Leet family mired in conflict

What the Truchan family sees as a front yard treehouse, the township sees as a prohibited building.

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 Dave Hunt of Overbrook, bikes to work along Penn Avenue in the Strip District on Monday. Dry weather conditions haven’t been a problem in the Pittsburgh area, where precipitation levels have been 2 or more inches above normal over the past week, according to the National Weather Service.

Most of Pennsylvania under drought watch; Westmoreland, Mercer among counties

A drought watch calls for a voluntary 5 percent reduction in non-essential water use.

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DEP fines Range Resources $8.9 million for Marcellus shale gas well

The state told Range to submit a plan to repair the well’s cement casing, but it failed to submit a satisfactory plan, officials said.

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Officials: Circuit glitch likely caused chemical plant fire

Officials said thousands of dead fish had been seen over a 15-mile span of Conewago Creek and the state will monitor for contaminants.

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Pope backs climate change science, denounces world leaders

Leaked draft of Pope Francis’ encyclical on climate change denounces leaders who subvert global action to advance national self-interest.

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 Chuck Leavell,  keyboardist and musical director for The Rolling Stones, is a sustainable tree farmer near Atlanta and an environmentalist.

Environmentalist doubles as member of the Rolling Stones

Rolling Stones keyboardist and musical director Chuck Leavell loves music, family and the environment.

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Mt. Lebanon plans switch to 'pay as you throw' garbage collection

The new program could have residents buy designated bags for their refuse, so that households that produce more garbage would pay more.

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In twist, Obama emissions plan satisfies industry, worries greens

But the Environmental Protection Agency did not immediately propose new regulations.

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Residents warned after bear cubs sighted in Shaler

The sightings were reported in the northern part of the township near Route 8 and Mount Royal Boulevard.

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 German Chancellor Angela Merkel  speaks with U.S. President  Barack Obama at the Schloss Elmau hotel near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, southern Germany, on Monday during the G-7 summit.

G-7 sets far-off goal to move away from fossil fuels

The world should move away from using fossil fuels by the end of this century, G-7 leaders said Monday.

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