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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THREE Blue Vinyl Screenings in SWPA

Join us for a FREE screening of the Emmy-Award Winning documentary "Blue Vinyl," uncovering the environmental, health and EJ impacts of vinyl chloride. There will be FOUR screenings in SWPA. […]

Lunch & Learn Series 2024: Water is Life Webinar


Join BLAC & The Ohio River Valley Institute for their lunch and learn series webinar: Water Is Life. They will be covering the health harms associated with water pollution sources […]

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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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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Facility operators need to understand that their actions have consequences, especially when those actions harm our people and environment. We demand an end to this exclusion and insist on transparency. It`s time to put a stop to profits made at the expense of our community`s health.

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"Speak up, stand up, and let community voice be heard! The U.S. Steel and Nippon Steel sale affects us all. Join us as we rally with Mon Valley residents to support them in getting their voices heard by U.S. Steel stakeholder who will be deciding the new future of their industries.

With residents severely impacted and harmed from the actions of this industry, engagement with local residents and workers should be priority especially during big changes like this.

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Breathe Weekly for Apr 2, 2024
Stories of Pain From East Palestine One Year After
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In this week’s newsletter you will learn about:
- The suffering residents in East Palestine still endure one year after the derailment
- Upcoming new air pollution permit for the shell chemical plant in Beaver county
- How Gov. Josh Shapiro’s recent decisions aren’t holding up to his promises to protect public health

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We demand the People’s Vote in the U.S Steel sale ... See MoreSee Less

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No more PAY to POLLUTE!! 💜

Your time would be better spent cleaning your house.

ID to vote is the law

Keep the Company in American hands don't sell to Japan.

If Sold i would like to see all American Non-Union workers keep their job.

With US Steel stock, you'd probably have a "vote".

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Vote yourselves out of jobs. Johnstown is a shit hole now

Let's chat down all the factories and have China manufacture everything for us so that we can breathe better

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