Plume Pittsburgh
by CREATE Lab

See the air pollution spread throughout the entire region, beyond the emitters as weather and wind direction change.

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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.

Photo Credit: Dave DiCello Photography

air quality, safety top concerns with plastic factory

The Shell petrochemical plastic plant marks the beginning of gas expansion plans for the Ohio River Valley.

Petro Facts
Photo Credit: By Julie Dermansky

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.

Photo Credit: Annie O'Neill

clean air for clairton and the mon valley

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

Breathe Cam
Photo Credit: Alexandra Wimley/ PG

fracking and health

Studies find fracking has significant health impacts on people.

NEWS
Photo Credit: Scott Goldsmith

Breathe Project

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.

BREAKING NEWS

Prioritize clean air for the Mon Valley

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
By Jacquelyn Bonomo
May 09, 2021

In the Mon Valley, many left wondering what went wrong

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
By Linda Wilson Fuoco and Hallie Lauer
May 03, 2021

Struggling to Make a Profit, Fracking Investors are Searching for the Exit

DeSmog Blog
By Justin Mikula
Apr 22, 2021

UPCOMING EVENTS

A Better Vision for the Valley

May 20, 2021

Concerned Ohio River Residents, League of Women Voters, and the Climate Reality Project are excited to announce a second, virtual “Better Vision for the Valley”…

Increasing Diversity Development in the Petrochemical Industry

May 20, 2021

Join Reuters Events to celebrate World Day for Cultural Diversity and Development as we explore how petrochemical companies are increasing diversity in their teams and…

A-Z Impacts of Plastic – Students Taking On Petrochemicals

May 17, 2021

Join the A-Z team as we engage a panel of student organizers working with Post Landfill Action Network to STOP the petrochemical buildout in Appalachia….

ReImagine Jobs Spotlight: Workforce Development

May 26, 2021

Join us as we take a deeper look at workforce development initiatives and opportunities happening in Southwest Pennsylvania. Join the ReimagineJobs.org team for the fifth…

BREATHE BLOG

Pittsburgh's Air Quality: Celebrating Progress and Looking at Remaining Challenges to Providing Healthy Air for All Residents

By Rachel Filippini, Executive Director, Group Against Smog and Pollution (GASP) and Matthew Mehalik, Ph.D., Executive Director, Breathe Project 

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💥 TONIGHT! May 17th, 7p ET 💥

Appalachian youth are using art & intersectional organizing to build power in their communities to take on petrochemical development.

Join A-Z Impacts of Plastic & students organizers for their discussion to learn more 👉 https://t.co/8VqehDGAtJ

As our friends in the Mon Valley will attest: It was a rough weekend when it came to #airquality. 1 Code Orange Air Quality Action Day. 2 Mon Valley Air Pollution Watches & 2 more H2S exceedances. DETAILS:
https://t.co/EFQkrsjTKW

Two years ago, US Steel said it was spending over $1 billion to upgrade its steel plants in western #Pennsylvania. But on a recent earnings call, the company announced it had made a “difficult choice”: it was scrapping the upgrade plan after all. https://t.co/UNc9IwGHaZ

Excellent NPR Podcast: "The Ghosts of the Rust Belt": the real story behind the economic transformation that took place in the rust belt, and what it tells us about our economy, and our future: https://t.co/k9mb9U2Riy

From birth outcomes to brain development, #CleanAir => healthier kids! And, minoritized communities are burdened disproportionately by air pollution. One reason why #ClimateSolutions are child health & health equity solutions. New @AmerAcadPeds #AirPollution policy statement 👇🏽 https://t.co/klTRP34qxn

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