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Clairton Coke Works Causing Poor Air Quality After Fire

A December 24 fire at the Clairton Coke Works is still causing air pollution problems for surrounding communities. Twenty-two communities are being affected by the fire and an advisory will be in effect indefinitely until the plant is fixed. There are higher levels of sulfur dioxide than normal, which can affect breathing by aggravating respiratory […]

Johnson & Johnson Knew it had Asbestos in its Products

Johnson & Johnson Knew it had Asbestos in its Products Reuters has investigated and found that Johnson & Johnson has known that asbestos was in its baby powder since at least 1971. From 1971 to the early 2000s, the company’s raw talc and finished powders sometimes tested positive for asbestos. The company’s lawyers, doctors, scientists, […]

U.S. Steel May Have to Idle Coke Ovens due to Pollution Concerns

U.S. Steel May Have to Idle Coke Ovens due to Pollution Concerns The U.S. Steel Clairton Coke Works is appealing an enforcement order that was decided against it. If they lose, two of the worst performing batteries at the location would become idle and stop producing coke. This could end up costing U.S. Steel $400 million. These […]

New and Existing Lung Cancer Treatments

New and Existing Lung Cancer Treatments Even though lung cancer is a dangerous and devastating cancer to have, it is not devastating if caught early. The five year survival rate (the percentage of people who will be alive five years past their diagnosis date) for all people with all types of lung cancer is 18 […]

Asbestos and its Link to Lung Cancer

Asbestosis and its Link to Lung Cancer In the early 1900s doctors began to notice that people working around asbestos were dying at an early age. People were dying from symptoms of what is now known as asbestosis. The first case of asbestosis, even though it was not named at the time, was found in […]

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Since 1990, research and advocacy organizations wanting to increase knowledge about lung cancer partner to teach people about the deadly effects of the disease. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in both men and women, making it a very prevalent […]

Asbestos in American Schools

The last thing parents should be worrying about when sending their children to school is the potential health effects caused by dangerous carcinogens. Sadly, this is not the case with the amount of asbestos in schools across the United States. Back in January 1984 a survey of 2,600 public school districts and private schools was […]

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