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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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More than 2,100 residents live within 2 miles of the U.S. Steel Edgar Thomson Plant.

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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.

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Even moderate air pollution in Allegheny County raises ER visits for kids with asthma, study finds https://t.co/fZU8eXHHBi

@BreatheProject One thing is certain: since Shell's plant was first announced in 2012, Beaver County has fallen behind the state and the nation in nearly every measure of economic activity.
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Everyone has the constitutional right to breathe clean air, but clean air is often not a reality in southwest Pennsylvania thanks to corporate polluters like U.S. Steel.

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The Beaver #Plastic Plant is poised to open. Will residents stay or will they go? https://t.co/de4Zk4y9Dn

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Another day, another fine and more pollution for residents of Braddock and Clairton. ow.ly/SBAV50JbbpX

U.S. Steel must may $1.5 million due to pollution at Edgar Thomson Works
It is part of a court settlement with the EPA and the Allegheny County Health Department.
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