McFarren Street Bridge to use clean construction standards

McFarren Street Bridge to use clean construction standards

Pittsburgh’s McFarren Street Bridge can look forward to a series of repairs this year, much to the relief of residents. Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto announced the reconstruction would be the first done under the city’s Clean Construction guidelines. 

When Peduto still sat on Pittsburgh City Council in 2011, he introduced legislation intended to limit diesel fuel emissions in the air. Under the law any city government construction project over $2.5 million is required to use diesel particulate filters and ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel in power trucks and other equipment. The McFarren Street Bridge will be the first time since Peduto’s council days that the law will be enforced. 
Thursday, February 21, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: News and Views
Pittsburgh Councilmember announces legislation for inclusionary zoning

Pittsburgh Councilmember announces legislation for inclusionary zoning

Flanked by residents and affordable housing advocates Pittsburgh Councilmember Deb Gross announced inclusionary housing legislation Tuesday morning. In an ever-changing city, activists and elected officials have struggled to find a way to help the most vulnerable residents keep their homes when businesses move in and prices go up. 

When speaking of Lawrenceville, the neighborhood the legislation is focused on, Gross told press conference attendees that the development has unfortunately come at a price. 
Wednesday, February 20, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: News and Views
Pittsburgh Environmental groups to file lawsuits against US Steel

Pittsburgh Environmental groups to file lawsuits against US Steel

After a December fire damaged pollution control equipment at Clairton Coke Works, the air quality suffered so much that the Allegheny County Health Department issued an advisory to residents in the area to limit their time spent outdoors. Although residents remain frustrated about the perceived lack of transparency on the county’s part, for Pittsburgh environmental groups another cause for anger was that by continuing to operate despite the damaged equipment U.S. Steele--the facility’s owner--is violating the Clean Air Act.
Thursday, February 14, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh City Council hears from gun advocates opposed to proposed gun legislation

Pittsburgh City Council hears from gun advocates opposed to proposed gun legislation

At Councilwoman Darlene Harris’ (D-District 1) request on Tuesday,  Pittsburgh City Council heard from a panel of gun advocates, legal experts, and elected officials for added perspective on their much debated gun control legislation. However, after almost three hours that evoked high emotions and little reconciliation, the only thing clear was that both sides of the gun debate in the Steele City feel that they’re under attack.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Elected officials weigh in on dispute between UPMC and Highmark

Elected officials weigh in on dispute between UPMC and Highmark

With a consent decree preventing a separation between the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Highmark expiring in the summer, Attorney General Josh Shapiro this week announced legal action to amend the existing agreement by compelling them to continue their business relationship.

In 2014, after years of a drawn out break-up that would have spelled the end of access to UPMC doctors for Highmark patients and caused UPMC health members to pay out of network prices, the state intervened and put in place a consent decree meant to ease the transition in place. While, it didn’t erase the tension entirely, it preserved health care access for some patients. However, the decree was only designed to last five years. Should the health providers part ways, Shapiro said during his press conference, patients across the commonwealth would suffer.

Friday, February 8, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
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