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.

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aerial view of braddock and edgar thomson

More than 2,100 residents live within 2 miles of the U.S. Steel Edgar Thomson Plant.

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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.

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clean air for clairton and the mon valley

Follow the latest developments at the Clairton Coke Works on the Mon Valley Breathe Cams

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fracking and health

Studies find fracking has significant health impacts on people.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

SWPA Grassroots Residents' Town Hall: ACHD Fails to Leverage Community Science to Fight Deadly Air Pollution

Jan 26, 2022

Register for our 5th Virtual Resident-led Town Hall on Allegheny County Health Department’s failure to leverage community-based science to fight deadly air pollution, scheduled for Wednesday,…

Black Storytelling & Policymaking in Appalachia: BLAC Paper Release

Jan 27, 2022

Join the Black Appalachian Coalition (BLAC) for the release of their BLAC Paper entitled, “Black Storytelling and Policymaking in Appalachia.” Our press conference will be…

Building Bridges: Continuing the Conversation about Climate Change

Jan 31, 2022

Following up on our successful December 2021 event and positive feedback about changing the conversation around climate in Appalachia, back by popular demand is: Building…

Shale Gas and Public Health: Translating Science into Policy

Feb 22, 2022

The Environmental Health Project (EHP) is proud to present Shale Gas and Public Health: Translating Science into Policy, a public health summit. The summit will take…

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Why Should You Care About Our Air?

By Jacob Sumner

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“The results, they found, were startling. For every 10 microgram increase of yearly average ozone exposure, the risk for cognitive impairment grew by more than 10%.”

Definitely worth a read. Thanks for sharing, @BreatheProject: https://t.co/jivRnYjQ28

Victory for #airquality ! Thank you @SierraClub https://t.co/zdDhLTA166

The natural gas industry is structurally incapable of delivering broadly shared local prosperity. Generating real economic growth that can be enjoyed by local families will require a hard pivot from gas and petrochemical development. @O_R_V_I
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Despite first-in-class economic output, Ohio’s fracking counties suffered job loss, population declines, and subpar personal income growth in 2020.

Here’s what that disconnect means for future growth in eastern Ohio:
https://t.co/KSORVtlyU2

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