protecting the ohio river valley from petrochemicals
Industry is moving quickly to turn the Ohio River Valley into a manufacturing hub for plastics.LEARN MORE
Help residents on the ground monitor the Shell Falcon Pipeline constructionCAMPAIGN
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.
flaring of coking gas in the mon valley
Follow the latest developments at the Clairton Coke Works on the Mon Valley Breathe CamsBreathe Cam
fracking and health
Studies find fracking has significant health impacts on people.NEWS
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.
Will a push for plastics turn Appalachia into next ‘Cancer Alley’?
By Emily Holden
Fearing science pushed aside, experts meet in protest of EPA's air quality change
By Daniel Moore
'We want to send a message': Students lead climate strike in Pittsburgh
By Don Hopey
Defend the Water – Water Blessing, March and RallyOct 23, 2019
Join more than 40 leaders of Indigenous nations across the country who will be in Pittsburgh to address the destructive impacts of the petrochemical industry…
Eco Districts Summit: 10 Year AnniversaryNov 04, 2019
The annual Summit is the world’s only conference dedicated to neighborhood- and district-scale sustainability. Every year the EcoDistricts Summit brings together hundreds of thinkers and…
Shell's Effects: What is the Environmental Impact?Nov 06, 2019
Join guest speaker Matt Mehalik, executive director of the Breathe Project, and learn more about the public health and environmental impacts of the Shell Petrochemical…
League of Women Voters of PA: Seventh Annual Shale and Public Health ConferenceNov 19, 2019
Presented by the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania’s “Straight Scoop on Shale” initiative and hosted by the University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public…
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Breathe Cam Highlights
U.S. Steel Clairton Coke Works
Large plumes of steam and smoke are seen here from the Clairton plant. Notice the lighter smoke and how much longer it is visible over the quickly disappearing steam.
Edgar Thomson North
In this clip notice the different types of emission in each stack. On the right and left main stack these emissions are full of steam and have heavy white smoke. The middle stack has no steam and you can see a light transparent smoke. This middle smoke is full of particulates and potentially harmful materials.