Harmful Chemical Exposure

Crude Oil Refineries are Exposing Nearby Residents to Benzene

Crude Oil Refineries are Exposing Nearby Residents to Benzene The Environmental Protection Agency recently found that 10 refineries across the United States are releasing amounts of benzene that exceeds federal action levels into surrounding areas. Of 114 refineries across the United States, 10 were big violators of pollution regulations. The worst was in eastern Pennsylvania […]

U.S. Steel and Allegheny County Settle Clairton Coke Works Emissions Issues

U.S. Steel and Allegheny County Settle Clairton Coke Works Emissions Issues In December 2018, a fire broke out at U.S. Steel’s Clairton Coke Works in the cryogenic gas separation facility, which removes sulfur during coke gas processing. Higher levels of sulfur dioxide were released into the surrounding area, affecting people living in communities nearby. This […]

Weather is Causing Worse Pollution in Pittsburgh

Weather is Causing Worse Pollution in Pittsburgh Clairton and Liberty in Pittsburgh had some of the worst air conditions in the nation according to the Air Quality Index. This has led to the Allegheny County Health Department deciding to try and fight weather caused pollution events. On Christmas Eve and Christmas day in both locations, […]

Shale Development is not Worth the Risks

Shale Development is not Worth the Risks A Carnegie Mellon University study has found that despite the economic benefits that shale development brings to the region, it is not worth the negative effects. From 2004 to 2016, air pollution from shale gas development in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia caused 1,200 to 4,600 premature deaths. […]

U.S. Steel is Being Sued for Pollution relating to the December 2018 Fire at Clairton Coke Works

U.S. Steel is Being Sued for Pollution relating to the December 2018 Fire at Clairton Coke Works U.S. Steel is being sued federally for the second time since the December 2018 fire at their Clairton Coke Works Plant. The fire lasted five hours and occurred in the cryogenic gas separation facility, which separates sulfur from […]

Lawsuit Alleging BOP Implosion Endangered Lives

Lawsuit Alleging BOP Implosion Endangered Lives The Basic Oxygen Plant in Weirton, West Virginia, once deemed the plant of the future, was demolished by implosion in March. The building was first completed in 1967, and brought basic oxygen steel production, vacuum degassing, and continuous casting together into one operation. Before the plant, the steps were […]

People of Town Affected by Wildfire now have Benzene in Water Supply

People of Town Affected by Wildfire now have Benzene in Water Supply People in a California town damaged by the deadliest wildfire in California history are now dealing with contaminated water. The 1,500 people who are left cannot use their tap water because benzene, a known carcinogen, was found in it. Of the 500 water […]

Governor Tom Wolf Asked to Look into Fracking and Childhood Cancers

Governor Tom Wolf Asked to Look into Fracking and Childhood Cancers More than 100 organizations and 800 individuals have signed a public letter asking for the State Health Department to investigate shale gas drilling and its potential links to large amounts of childhood cancer. The letter was delivered to Governor Tom Wolf and Dr. Rachel […]

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