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The Shell Plastic Plant in Beaver, Pa. started up in 2022 bringing more air and water pollution to the Ohio River Valley.

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Iulia Vann Named As Allegheny County Health Director

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An asthma attack gave me a mission: Provide people in the Mon Valley with the tools to survive

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Our legislators have been working full time in Harrisburg to negotiate our state's budget – aka how our state plans to spend its revenues and our taxpayer dollars over the […]

Colors of the River: Art-Based Water Quality Research

Kilbuck Township Fish & Boat Ramp E Beaver St, Sewickley, PA

Have you ever wondered if the colors around us are more than just pretty? Join us as we venture into Pittsburgh’s waterways to explore riparian pigments and what they can […]

USEPA Webinar: Super Emitter Program


EPA announced its Final Rule for Oil and Natural Gas Operations on December 2, 2023. This regulation, which will sharply reduce emissions of methane and other harmful air pollution from […]

Breathe Cam Highlights

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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Community Voices

Meet Germaine Patterson

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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Uptown – Hill District

Washington County



Sewickley and Sewickley Valley


North Side

Indiana Township

East End – Squirrel Hill – Pittsburgh

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In this week’s Breathe Weekly newsletter you will learn about:
- How residents feel about the Allegheny County Climate Action Plan
- How raising permit fees can help to fully fund air programs that help with environmental protections
- And the recently passed House Bill to fund solar panels in schools

We also have some great local events coming up including CTWO & 412 Justice Rise UP – Organizer Training, the Pittsburgh Climate Emergency Rally and more. Also check and meet Clean Air Council`s new Executive Director, Alex Bomstein.

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During stakeholder conversations shareholders meeting improvements to decarbonize and reduce harmful emissions were highlighted during the pending acquisition of U.S Steel.

This and many other subjects are also of concern to the residents who live in these environments but have not been apart of these life-altering decisions. The U.S. Steel sale will impact the physical, financial, and mental health of all who work and live around U.S. Steel plant so we ask to have more frontline people at the table. We ask for more transparency and engagement from Nippon and U.S Steel as this sale progresses.

If you want the full update on these shareholder conversations please check out @ehnewsroom full story using the Link in the Bio

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In this week’s Breathe Weekly newsletter you will learn about:
- Allegheny County Dept. named Health Director Iulia Vann
- A new study shows East Palestine chemicals spread to 16 States
- and how portable air filters in daycares can reduce pollution for children by 83%

We also have some great local events coming up including Solar Punk 2024, the monthly Eyes on Shell meeting and other local events . Read the full newsletter using the Link in the Bio

You can also sign-up to receive our weekly newsletter today by using the links in the yellow bottom to get them straight to your inbox.

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Welcome us in saying Hello and Congratulations to our NEW Allegheny County Health Director who we hope will make some good change and healthier impacts in our county.

Dr. Vann currently serves as the Public Health Director of the Guilford County Department of Health and Human Services in North Carolina. Holds both a medical degree and master’s degree in public health. Dr. Vann also currently serves as the President of the North Carolina Public Health Association.

Patrick Dowd will continue to serve in the role of interim director until July 9 to start his new role as the CEO of the Pittsburgh Environmental Charter School. At that time, Dr. Barbara Nightingale, ACHD’s deputy director of clinical services, will serve as the Interim until Dr. Vann begins later this summer.

How do you all feel about the selection?

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