air quality, safety top concerns with plastic factory

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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aerial view of braddock and edgar thomson

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

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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.

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clean air for clairton and the mon valley

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

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fracking and health

Studies find fracking has significant health impacts on people.

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Celebrating Black Arts in Pittsburgh: Community Discussion

Dec 03, 2021

Join the Black Arts Action Committee, supported by the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, for a community discussion centered around Pittsburgh’s Black arts community. Meet fellow…

Preparing for Petrochemicals: Community Meeting

Dec 08, 2021

Join this virtual community meeting to discuss issues and concerns as the Shell petrochemical plant nears start-up operations. The evening will be facilitated by Sr….

Community Sentinel Award for Environmental Stewardship

Dec 09, 2021

The Community Sentinel Award for Environmental Stewardship honors those who address the root causes of environmental injustice in the United States, with a strong focus…

Cradle to Grave: The Reverberating Health Hazards of Oil and Gas Industry

Dec 10, 2021

Physicians for Social Responsibility Pennsylvania (PSR PA) is excited to share a virtual, half-day conference on a very important issue. The event, Cradle to Grave:…

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Thanks to our partners at @CoalfldJustice for their work! CNX Resources settles environmental case in Washington County https://t.co/qJiGXEFUC8 via @PghBizTimes

CNX Resources Corporation signed a no contest plea to criminal violations of the Air Pollution Control Act resulting from an investigation into air quality complaints by a CCJ member determined to protect her family and community. Read more here: https://t.co/AkrF363osn

The more electric vehicles, the better our #airquality! https://t.co/hBQ2j24HaZ

Common sense says stop the petrochemical expansion and #plastic nurdle factories like the Shell Cracker. https://t.co/f1VoPCncte

Are you coming to the Community Sentinel Awards? Join us and celebrate activists who fight against environmental injustice perpetuated by the oil, gas, and petrochemical industries. Join us on December 9th! Free RSVP: https://t.co/dnrXqUV94v

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