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Study finds low birth weights near gas drilling sites.

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Clairton Coke Works fire: What are the health effects of sulfur dioxide exposure?

Environmental Health News, sulfur dioxide
By Kristina Marusic
Jan 11, 2019

Allegheny County Health Dept. Issues Air Quality Alert to Clairton Residents

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By Don Hopey
Jan 09, 2019

Emission goals are meaningless without taking more action

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Jan 11, 2019

UPCOMING EVENTS

Franklin Park Borough Council Legislative Meeting

Jan 14, 2019

The Franklin Park Borough Council will hold a public hearing on the lease to drill/frack for gas under Linbrook Park. (see google map at: https://goo.gl/maps/56oaEJtJnv32  the park…

The Petrochemical Invasion of Western PA

Jan 15, 2019

The Petrochemical Invasion of Western PA Its environmental consequences and What Can Be Done about It. Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 7:00 pm Unitarian Universalist Church of the South Hills…

Dirty, Dangerous, and In Your Backyard

Jan 24, 2019

“Dirty, dangerous, and in your backyard” Norfolk Southern Railroad is accelerating plans to raise bridges in our communities in order to run longer double-stacked trains along a…

Cancer and the Environment Symposium: Priorities for Research, Policy, and Clinical Practice in Southwest Pennsylvania

Jan 29, 2019

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Patricia DeMarco is a native of Pittsburgh with a doctorate in Biology from the University of Pittsburgh. She has spent a 30-year career in energy and environmental policy in both private and public sector positions, including Commissioner of the Regulatory Commission of Alaska and Demand Side Manager for the Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy Cooperative. She was the Executive Director of the Rachel Carson Homestead Association and Director of the Rachel Carson Institute at Chatham University.

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Doctor: Coke oven problems may aggravate asthma in Clairton students https://t.co/685FWQybdP via @PittsburghPG

Dr. Gentile regularly monitors lung function and asthma control in students at Clairton Elementary school. Following a coke plant fire she found 36% of students participating in the program had significant decrease in lung function.

@KristinaSaurusR https://t.co/R2BdmzxD1D

@ChelsaWagner just put county executive Rich Fitzgerald on blast over controversial air quality in the Mom Valley.
Says he has not taken a strong public stance against Clairton coke plant and force the plant to comply with air quality standards.

Mon Valley mother among those saying her son's health deteriorating after Clairton Coke Works failed to alert residents to air quality issues @KDKA

Were here today because of an incident, but this is a chronic condition. Pollution hurts inside. It’s abuse. [email protected] #hotidle

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A word from Dr. Karen Hacker

Allegheny County Health Department
Earlier this evening, Dr. Karen Hacker, ACHD Director, addressed questions and concerns that were raised at last night's informational session and today's press conference in Clairton. In this clip, Dr. Hacker talks about SO2 exceedances, and in the event of future exceedances, ACHD would certainly consider enforcement that coke batteries be put into hot idle at the Clairton Coke Works.
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@SummerForPA: "This is not natural and it is not fair." #hotidle #letmonvalleybreathe ... See MoreSee Less

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