air quality, safety top concerns with plastic factory
The Shell petrochemical plastic plant in bucolic Beaver, Pa. is just the beginning of gas expansion plans for the Ohio River Valley.Petro Facts
by CREATE Lab
See the air pollution spread throughout the entire region, beyond the emitters as weather and wind direction change.Watch
aerial view of braddock and edgar thomson
More than 2,100 residents live within 2 miles of the U.S. Steel Edgar Thomson Plant.
asthma in children
Children exposed to the highest levels of air pollution in Clairton had nearly double the risk of asthma diagnosis as well as poorly controlled asthma.
clean air for clairton and the mon valley
Follow the latest developments at the Clairton Coke Works on the Mon Valley Breathe CamsBreathe Cam
fracking and health
Studies find fracking has significant health impacts on people.NEWS
Breathe Project is a clearinghouse for information on air quality in Pittsburgh, southwestern Pennsylvania and beyond. We use the best available science and technology to better understand the quality of the air we breathe and provide opportunities for citizens to engage and take action.
Editorial - West Deer stands up to gas interests
Editorial by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Corroded Equipment Led to Catastrophic Fire at U.S. Steel Plant, Court Documents Reveal
The Allegheny Front
By Reid Frazier
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REPORT YOUR AIR
Smell something in your neighborhood?
Download the SmellPGH app on your phone
to report your air and track how pollutants travel.
Residents of Allegheny County can report air problems
to the Allegheny County Health Department.
FIND YOUR AIR NOW
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VISUALIZE YOUR AIR
Finally we have a tool to see on a day by day snapshot where pollution goes.
Plume Pgh Created by CMU CREATE Lab let’s everyone see that air pollution
has effects beyond the immediate surroundings of emitters. Pollution in
one part of our air-shed has the potential to spread throughout the entire
region as weather and wind direction change.
Breathe Cam Highlights
U.S. Steel Clairton Coke Works
Large plumes of steam and smoke are seen here from the Clairton plant. Notice the lighter smoke and how much longer it is visible over the quickly disappearing steam.
Edgar Thomson North
In this clip notice the different types of emission in each stack. On the right and left main stack these emissions are full of steam and have heavy white smoke. The middle stack has no steam and you can see a light transparent smoke. This middle smoke is full of particulates and potentially harmful materials.