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This morning, PennEnvironment, a statewide group that works on several issues, include air quality, released their assessment of the worst air toxics offenders in Allegheny County. These businesses are everywhere in the county, from Bridgeville to Neville Island to Lawrenceville and the rankings are based on their own reporting to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

 

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PennEnvironment announced the release of their Toxic Ten air toxic polluters in Allegheny County on Oct. 26, 2015. They were joined by several other air quality advocates, including Clean Water Action, Allegheny County Clean Air Now and the Sierra Club. They were also joined by residents of the county who live near one of the 10 polluters.

One of their big findings: More than 1/3 of Allegheny County’s 1.2 million residents live within three miles of one of these polluters. Why does that matter? Because air moves, and even if a polluter isn’t in your backyard, what it releases into the air will eventually get there.

A woman who lives near Cheswick Power Plant shows photos of her experience living near a major point source of pollution in Allegheny County.

A woman who lives near Cheswick Power Plant shows photos of her experience living near a major point source of pollution in Allegheny County.

 

Use this interactive map to see how close you are to the Toxic Ten.

 

 

 

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