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You are viewing 4 articles for June 2019 by the author Catalina Jaramillo

    • Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown is shown in City Council chambers. (Nathaniel Hamilton for WHYY, file)

City Council punts on bill to mandate lead inspections in all pre-1978 rental homes

A bill that would require all rental units built before 1978 to be free of lead hazards is still stuck in Philadelphia’s City Council after it’s sponsor suddenly decided to pull…

    • Crews battled a fire at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery on Monday night (NBC10)

Philly refinery fire under investigation; pollution impact unclear

Philadelphia Energy Solutions said a fire that broke out Monday night at the refinery caused no injuries and did not affect neighboring residents, though some contest the latter claim. The fire…

    • City Council member  Blondell Reynolds Brown advocates for her bill requiring universal lead checks for rental units at a June 6, 2019 press conference. (David Kim)

Why Philly landlords are fighting Blondell Reynolds Brown over lead

Claire Wilson’s family drama started with a curious infant. The Wilsons were delighted to watch their only child, Jude, grow — slowly and simultaneously so fast — as babies do. One…

    • Illegal dumpers throw construction debris on a Philadelphia street in a video screen capture from a video released by the City of Philadelphia.

Philly says hidden cameras, higher fines help catch more illegal dumpers

Kelly O’Day is a retired wastewater engineer who tracks illegal dumping in Phildelphia in his spare time. There is no shortage of abandoned matresses, old tires and plastic junk for the…

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