Allegheny County Ohio River Communities

Allegheny County Clean Air Now was one of the first community organizations to take on air quality throught the campaign to close down the Shenango Coke Works. The communities include: Avalon, Bellevue, Ben Avon, Ben Avon Heights, Brighton Heights, Emsworth, Kilbuck Township, McKees Rocks, Neville Township, Ohio Township, Ross Township and Stowe Township.

CURRENT CAMPAIGNS

Taking On Industrial Pollution and Greenhouse Gases

Title V of the Clean Air Act requires “major sources” of air pollution to obtain operating permits from the EPA or a state or local agency authorized to issue these permits. In Allegheny County, the Allegheny County Health Department in Allegheny County decides these permits. Join GASP, PennEnvironment, Clean Air Council, Clean Water Action, Environmental Integrity Project and the Breathe Project in the effort to clean the region’s air and reduce greenhouse gases.

PennFuture's Toxic Neighbor Campaign

Emissions from a developing, massive Shell petrochemical plant in Beaver County would contain a toxic mix of pollutants – particulate matter, sulfur dioxide, and volatile organic compounds, such as acrolein, benzene, toluene and naphthalene – that exacerbate symptoms of asthma and cause cancer.Pennsylvania taxpayers will contribute $1.65 billion in taxpayer dollars toward the construction of the plant which will bring in 600 permanent full-time jobs. This equates to a subsidy of $2,670,000 per job.The plant will emit three times the pollution level of Clairton Coke Works.  

Improving Air Quality in the North Boroughs – ACCAN

ACCAN’s campaign to turn a now-shuttered industrial coke plant on Neville Island has shifted into high gear. The campaign includes reducing emissions from the many industrial plants on Bruno and Neville Island, stopping the spread of Fracsilica from the fracking industry into neighborhoods and turning the former Shenango site into a sprawling Solar Farm.

Coke Projection in Pennsylvania

Air pollution from the coke oven industry impacts the health of residents of Southwestern Pennsylvania, including Pittsburgh, Allegheny County and beyond. This Clean Air Council PA Coke Ovens website provides information regarding these air pollution impacts from the coke oven industry in general, as well as specific facilities in Southwestern Pennsylvania.

CAC's Southwest Pennsylvania Neighbors for Clean Air

The goal of the Southwest PA Neighbors for Clean Air initiative is to create 100 neighborhood groups of 10 members throughout the region so that residents can learn about and take action on the most pressing environmental issues in Southwest Pennsylvania. In the nine months since the first leader training session, CAC has trained over 80 group leaders, and 20 groups now meet regularly. Contact Dave Smith ([email protected]) to join a group or find out more information.

COMMUNITY VOICES

BREAKING NEWS

Council Formed to Reimagine Former Shenango Site

Sewickley Herald
By Sam Bojarski
Jul, 12, 2019

On the rise: Solar farms begin cropping up in Western Pennsylvania

Trib Live
By Megan Tomasic
May, 05, 2019

CLEAN AIR — HEALTHY PEOPLE