Region Braces for Shell Petrochemical Plant

The Shell petrochemical plastic plant in bucolic Beaver, Pa. is just the beginning of gas expansion plans for the Ohio River Valley.

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Metalico Scrap Metal Fire, Neville Island – April 14, 2021

Residents reported noise, fire, and an explosion coming from this scrap metal operation.

Edgar Thomson Brown Plume – June 17, 2020

Braddock residents reported seeing a reddish plume coming from the U.S. Steel Edgar Thomson Plant in their community.

Clairton Coke Works Fire – Dec 24, 2019

U.S. Steel Clairton Coke Works on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 2019, flames and an explosion was captured at the Clairton plant.

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I do what I do for my grandkids and the Earth, with thanks to the wonderful mentors/kindred spirits of BCMAC, CAC, and Breathe, who see fracking infrastructure for “the chemical plant being built around us” (Cliff Lau) it is, and the monstrosity erected to rationalize it as an Ozymandias.

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There are some amazing events coming up for all our environmental justice enthusiasts. Be sure to check them out on our website using the LINK in the BIO

Today we have the Allegheny County Conversation in Pittsburgh at CCAC Allegheny and a virtual Racial Justice Summit. In the coming week there are some community conversation and panel events that are sure to give you new prespective on the environmental topics we deal with locally and globally.
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Breathe Weekly for Feb 19, 2024
Biden Visits East Palestine. Residents Say Too Late

In this week’s newsletter you will learn about:

- President Biden’s visit to East Palestine and why residents feel like it’s too late

- High levels of Benzene being found coming from Clairton Coke works

- and What you need to know about Humidifiers and indoor pollution particles

We have some amazing events including the Pittsburgh Racial Justice Summit, Petrochem Teach-In about air quality, SWPA Grassroot Townhall #13 and other local events coming up.
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Concerned residents have been tirelessly advocating and supporting the East Palestine community since last year`s derailment. Through their hard work, dedication and passion, they have made a lasting impact and amplified the voices of many impacted residents.

Thank you to the many environmental advocates who were the driving force behind the progress made so far. Together, we are #UnityStrong!

Support this community by signing this petition demanding President Biden to Declare an Emergency in East Palestine, Ohio (which he did failed to do during his visit last Friday) using the LINK in the BIO

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