U.S. Steel grapples with second fire and Allegheny Health Department joins lawsuit

U.S. Steel grapples with second fire and Allegheny Health Department joins lawsuit

Six months after the Christmas Eve fire that infamously lead to lawsuits and air advisories in Allegheny County early Monday morning, US Steel Clairton Coke Works experienced an electric fire at its facility. Although there were no injuries, some of the facility’s pollution control equipment was temporarily offline. 

 

In response the Allegheny County Health Department issued an emergency order against the company requiring that they comply with its hydrogen sulfide standard ad sulfur dioxide limits. As of the afternoon this gives US Steel 20 days to come up with a plan to achieve compliance or shut down their coking operations.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
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Philadelphia delegation calls for “state of emergency” to stop gun violence

Philadelphia delegation calls for “state of emergency” to stop gun violence

Legislators from Philadelphia gathered Monday afternoon in Harrisburg to call for assistance in stopping the surge in gun violence plaguing the state’s biggest city in 2019.

Homicides in Philadelphia have increased during the year, trending towards the highest levels since 2012. This past weekend saw 28 shot in 19 different incidents across the city, with five dead.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
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Got milk? Pennsylvania lawmakers show support for dairy industry

Got milk? Pennsylvania lawmakers show support for dairy industry

From the committee room to the Rotunda steps, state lawmakers and members of Pennsylvania’s congressional delegation joined on Tuesday to show their clear and utter support for the state’s dairy industry. 

Members of the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee — with bottles of milk in hand — unanimously approved two resolutions in support of dairy milk, one that supports the addition of whole milk to school lunch menus and another that urges US Congress to specifically define the word “milk” as a product from dairy cows.
Tuesday, June 18, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Senate Republicans push for passage of a package of bills to help combat opioid addiction

Senate Republicans push for passage of a package of bills to help combat opioid addiction

Senate Republicans joined in the East Wing Rotunda to push for the passage of a package of legislation that would help combat opioid addiction across the state. 

Sen. Gene Yaw (R-Lycoming) noted that last year over 4,000 people in Pennsylvania died from a drug overdose.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
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Key parts of election reform package move to Senate floor; timeline still unclear

Key parts of election reform package move to Senate floor; timeline still unclear

A Senate committee advanced Tuesday several significant pieces of a key election reform package, although at least one prominent piece of legislation faces an uncertain future in the House.

The Senate State Government Committee gave broad support to virtually all of the nine bills it considered, which come as part of a push by Chairman Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon), Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks) and others to modernize and streamline the state’s election process.
Tuesday, June 18, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
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