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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.

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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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Valley Clean Air Now (VCAN), Women for a Healthy Environment, New Voices for Reproductive Justice

I was called to do this work in late 2019. I was hired as a Community Health Worker with Women for a Healthy Environment to focus on Asthma and Air Quality. It wasn’t until I began this work that I became more aware of the impacts of environmental exposure on the health and well-being of the communities I serve. Even in my own experience, it took me working from home to start really noticing the impacts it had on my household. Besides being someone who always wanted to see people and communities thriving spiritually, mentally and physically, I believe I was called to do this work where I can be a catalyst.

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Listen to former Braddock mayor Chardae Jones describe how US Steel always has and continues to take advantage of Mon Valley residents.

We deserve clean air. We deserve healthy communities. We deserve to thrive, not survive.

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There is a community information session and public hearing for Hyperion Midstream Compressor Station happening TONIGHT, Tuesday March 21st at 6pm at the Elizabeth event center. We need your support to show up for this community - please join us there!

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Clairton resident Art Thomas has witnessed the effects of air pollution harming his community throughout his entire life. He’s seen people get sick, including his wife who has sarcoidosis. He’s seen trees and plants in the community die.

“What goes up must come down, and it’s been coming down in the city of Clairton for over 121 years. US Steel gets fines, but the people in Clairton don’t get anything from their fines.”

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Take Action Please!Close the Railway Safety Act Loopholes!

You probably heard that Norfolk Southern broke no laws in connection with the East Palestine, Ohio train derailment. That’s the problem: corporate greed and regulatory failure have once again put the public at risk. But now we have an opportunity to fix this.

Because of heightened awareness of the catastrophic outcomes resulting from train derailments, we finally have a chance to win major safety improvements in the U.S. rail industry.

Click here if you want to tell our elected officials to close the loopholes in the Bipartisan Railway Safety Act of 2023, and to protect people rather than polluters.
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