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Making the Connection: Air Pollution and Brain Health

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Our region must take advantage of funding to reduce toxic diesel pollution

Whether you live near train tracks, work near a construction site, or are just standing in line for a bus, you are likely exposed to diesel emissions sometime during the day. Diesel particulate matter is a pervasive “toxic air contaminant” according to the California Air Resources Board, for which there is no safe level of exposure. Diesel particulate matter poses…

Do You Know a School that Needs the EPA School Flag Program?

Students: Looking to increase air pollution awareness at your school, or spark sustainability efforts? Parents: Want your children to know more about air pollution, how they can protect themselves from it, and how they can reduce it? Teachers: Need a hands-on activity and a ton of air quality content? Then participate in the EPA School Flag Program! This program uses…

Clairton Coke Put On Notice

On January 28, our friends at PennFuture issued a 60-day Notice of Intent to Sue to U.S. Steel’s Clairton Coke Works, the largest coke works in the nation. The lawsuit addresses thousands of violations of combustion stack opacity limits and other regulations that the coke works is subject to, recorded from 1/1/2012 onward. The facility is about 11 miles from…

New Years Resolution: Support Cleaner Air!

Fellow Breathers: Each week brings Pittsburgh another major accolade. Recent praise includes being listed by Forbes as one of America’s Best Places to Retire in 2015, Zillow naming Pittsburgh the Best Market for First-Time Home Buyers in 2015, and Zagat’s Top Food City of 2015. World class hospitals, amazing museums and performance venues, abundant green space, and other important factors…

School Buses Should Be Clean and Safe

We trust our buses to take our children to school and back in a safe manner. But some older diesel buses emit toxic pollution that harms the driver, the passengers, and everyone in the community near the buses. GASP gave testimony last night to the Pittsburgh Public School Board, asking them to require all clean buses in their new contracts…

In the Air: Visualizing What We Breathe

Join GASP on Wednesday, December 9th from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Pittsburgh Filmmakers’ current exhibit “In the Air: Visualizing What We Breathe.” Hear from the photographers, who spent the last year traveling the region to meet people and visit places affected by poor air quality. You’ll also hear from the curators and GASP. The event is open to…

The 2015 Clean Air Dash Was Scary Fun

Thanks to all of our Dashers, sponsors, and volunteers! Several hundred people from ages 8 to 72 (and lots of dogs too!) enjoyed the beautiful weather and scenic South Side riverfront trail on Halloween morning to run and walk for clean air. Congrats to all finishers, and big applause to the top three: 1. Pierre Meunier, 17:38 2. Megan Tramaglini,…

Met Coke Convention in Pittsburgh Addresses Health of the Industry–But What About the Health of the Community?

In late October, leaders in the coking industry gathered in Pittsburgh for a multi-day conference. Environmental groups showed up as well, reminding the industry of the harm their toxic emissions cause and petitioning them to use this gathering as an opportunity to share ways to reduce their pollution. Below is a transcript of the comments given by our Executive Director….

DTE Shenango Coke: Violation Review from 3Q 2015

This is our report on Shenango, Inc.’s compliance data from the third quarter of 2015. We review Shenango’s data every quarter to check its compliance with four limitations: 1) a limitation on the sulfur content of Shenango’s coke oven gas; 2) a limitation on visible emissions (in other words, smoke) from Shenango’s coke oven doors; 3) a limitation on density…