Pittsburgh and Allegheny County have some of the worst air pollution in the United States — with more than 1.2 million people at risk.
Source: Pittsburgh’s Air Quality Data Analysis by John Graham, Ph. D., Clean Air Task Force 2019.
Source: CATF 2017 Allegheny County PM2.5, Criteria Pollution Emissions from EPA.Gov
The Shell Petrochemical Plant is permitted by the DEP to emit to emit 2.2 million tons per year of CO2 and CO2 equivalents, which is equal to putting an additional 430,836 passenger cars on the road for a full year.
It will take 1,930,710 acres of trees to capture each year’s worth of CO2 emissions from the cracker plant. This is equal to 6.5% of the total area of the state of Pennsylvania, 5 or just under 12 percent of all of PA’s forest coverage.