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2019 Press

KDKA Air Quality Interview with Rachel Filippini, KDKA Radio, April 24, 2019

“Grade F? Allegheny County’s numbers in national State of the Air report are maddening,” NEXT Pittsburgh, April 24, 2019

“Full Steam Ahead,” Erie Reader, April 24, 2019

“Pittsburgh region gets an ‘F’ for air quality,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 24, 2019

“Going greener need not be a grind,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 22, 2019

“Venture Outdoors, GASP to hike through Donora smog history, “ Observer-Reporter, April 22, 2019

Brian O’Neil: U.S. Steel has little reason to change,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 18, 2019

Earth Day Celebration Adds Collection Event for Reusable Goods,” WESA, April 17, 2019

Environmental groups gather to voice Erie Coke concerns,”, April 16, 2019

Citizens Group Holds Public Meeting About Erie Coke,” Erie News Now, April 16, 2019

“‘Hold Erie Coke Accountable’ host community meeting regarding Erie Coke,”, April 16, 2019

Our view: Erie Coke must be held responsible,” Go Erie, April 15, 2019

URA establishing Clean Construction rules for equipment on city projects,” Next Pittsburgh, April 11, 2019

Erie Coke Plant Community Impact Update,” Erie Reader, April 10, 2019

Expert: Air Pollution’s Impact Comparable to Opioid Epidemic,” Tube City Almanac, April 5, 2019

“Erie Coke Says it Drained, Removed Leaky Tank,”, April 5, 2019

U.S. Steel: The desulfurization system damaged in December fire up and running again,” Pittsburgh-Post-Gazette, April 4, 2019

Hold Erie Coke Accountable/GASP Community Update on April 16 in Erie,” PA Environmental Digest Blog, April 4, 2019

Scientists, activists equate air pollution to the opioid epidemic in plea to city council,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 2, 2019

U.S. Steel fined over $700,000 for emissions at Clairton Coke Works,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 1, 2019

“Testing the Water,” Erie Reader, March 27, 2019

“Pittsburgh participates in the first ‘Clean Construction’ project,” RMU Sentry Media, March 8, 2019

“U.S. Steel appeals order to lower its sulfur emissions,” WITF, March, 1, 2019

“Health department orders U.S. Steel to stop pollution at Mon Valley plants,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Feb. 28, 2019

“Fouling Erie’s Future,” Erie Reader, Feb. 27, 2019

“Group Against Smog and Pollution Joins Pittsburgh Mayor for Kickoff of First Clean Construction Project to Reduce Diesel Pollution,” PA Environment Digest, Feb. 23, 2019

“Confronting Pittsburgh’s legacy of industrial air and water pollution,” Two Rivers, 30 Minutes, Feb. 22, 2019

“Pittsburgh to require ‘clean construction’ on Duck Hollow bridge project,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Feb. 21, 2019

“City to enforce ‘clean construction’ law on new bridge in Swisshelm Park’s Duck Hollow,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Feb. 21, 2019

“First ‘Clean Construction’ Project Slated for Duck Hollow,” KDKA News Radio, Feb. 21, 2019

“GASP Submits Petition To Allegheny County Health Dept. Asking To Deny Eastman Chemical Permits,” PA Environmental Digest, Feb. 14, 2019

“State lawmakers meet to discuss air quality concerns following Clairton Coke Works Fire,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Feb. 7, 2019

“High level of sulfur dioxide recorded Monday in Braddock area,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Feb. 5, 2019

“During five years in office, has Mayor Peduto fulfilled his pledges to Pittsburgh?” Public Source, Jan. 30, 2019

“Etna earns $50,000 to plant trees, tackle pollution,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Jan. 10, 2019

“Health department director defends response to plant fire, air pollution,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Jan. 10, 2019

“Health Dept. warns Mon Valley about air quality in wake of coke plant fire,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Jan. 9, 2019

2018 Press

“The Smoke Readers Who Keep Tabs on Air Pollution,” The Allegheny Front, Dec. 14, 2018

“What are Yinz breathing? The battle to breathe clean air,” Point Park News Service, Dec. 10, 2018

“Asthma, dirty air and the struggle to clean up a chronic polluter,” Allegheny Front, Dec. 7, 2018

“$1M Spent On Clean Air Office Makes Pa. Suit Ripe, Attys Say,” Law360, Nov. 2, 2018

“Pa. County Says Enviro Groups Can’t Sue Over Fund Use,” Law360, Oct. 30, 2018

“PennEnvironment hosts rally for clean air,” The Pitt News, Sept. 4, 2018

“Allegheny County accused of diverting air funds for building project,” PennRecord, Sept. 4, 2018

“U.S. Steel unveils compliance plan for Clairton Coke Works emissions, but continues to fight order,” NEXT Pittsburgh, Aug. 30, 2018

“Critics Not Holding Their Breath Over US Steel’s Pledge To Improve Practices At Clairton Plant,” WESA, Aug. 28, 2018

“Health department apologizes for ‘lack of clarity’ about U.S. Steel meeting,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Aug. 17, 2018

“Renovations are a poor use of Clean Air funds,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Aug. 12, 2018

“For clean air, county must spend dollars wisely,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Aug. 11, 2018

“Letter to the editor: Use Clean Air Fund to protect our health,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Aug. 9, 2018

“Clean air activists get hour-plus meeting with Allegheny County executive,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Aug. 3, 2018

“Environmentalists by Necessity,” CityLab, Aug. 1, 2018

“It’s past time to clear the air in Allegheny County,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 26, 2018

“Is the Allegheny County Health Dept. misusing Clean Air Act funds? Two environmental groups say yes.” NEXT Pittsburgh, July 12, 2018

“Use of County Clean-Air Funds for Building Renovation Challenged,” Public News Service, July 12, 2018

“Environmental groups sue Allegheny County over use of clean air funds for building renovation,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, July 10, 2018

“Allegheny County is being sued for spending Clean Air funds on office renovation project,” Environmental Health News, July 10, 2018

“Allegheny County plans to ramp up its efforts to make the air less stinky,” PublicSource, June 19, 2018

“Can mandatory school screenings solve Pittsburgh’s asthma epidemic?” Environmental Health News, June 13, 2018

“Governor Wolf to Use Permits to Control Methane Pollution from New Sources of Natural Gas,”, June 7, 2018

“Clean Air Fund meant to protect air,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, June 4, 2018

“Environmental group calls on cities to accelerate electric school bus adoption,” Smart Cities Dive, May 7, 2018

“As transit agencies inch toward electric buses, environmental groups want more progress,” StateImpact Pennsylvania, May 4, 2018

“Environmental groups fear county Health Department beginning to deplete Clean Air Fund,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 2, 2018

“Allegheny County Health Department to use Clean Air Fund to do office renovations,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 2, 2018

“More money from Allegheny County’s ‘Clean Air Fund’ goes to office renovation,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, May 2, 2018

“Allegheny County seeks public input on new air monitoring plan,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, May 2, 2018

“Pittsburgh’s cleaner, pricier summer gas blend is on its way out,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 26, 2018

“Pittsburgh scores all F’s on the American Lung Association’s air quality report card,” Environmental Health News, April 19, 2018

“EPA threatens Pennsylvania with sanctions for failing to reduce soot pollution in Allegheny County,” Environmental Health News, April 10, 2018

“Environmentally informed citizens sought during Creek Connections symposium,” Meadville Tribune, April 7, 2018

“Environmentalists say Allegheny County’s air quality is a repellent to companies like Amazon,” Pittsburgh City Paper, March 20, 2018

“A clash over how Allegheny County should spend millions collected from the region’s polluters,” PublicSource, March 19, 2018

“Turns Out Air Pollution Makes For Good Listening,” The Allegheny Front, March 16, 2018

“Want to learn about the polluted air you breathe? Start here,” NEXT Pittsburgh, March 8, 2018

“Allegheny County must crack down on odor emissions violations,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Feb. 22, 2018

“Air Rules,” Pittsburgh Today, Feb. 21, 2018

2017 Press

“Residents, landowners air complaints about pollution from ATI’s Harrison steel mill,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Dec. 19, 2017

“Allegheny Technologies’ air pollution permit proposal sparks environmental concerns,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Dec. 9, 2017

“As Neighborhood Changes, Residents Worry About Pollution From Legacy Industry,” The Allegheny Front, Dec. 9, 2017

“Foundry not a polluter, employees say at permit hearing,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Dec. 5, 2017

“ACHD hearings scheduled for Lawrenceville, Brackenridge industrial plants,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Dec. 4, 2017

“Environmental groups decry proposed ATI pollution levels,” Valley News Dispatch, Nov. 17, 2017

“Environmental groups urge tougher rules enforcement on Clairton Coke Works,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Nov. 1, 2017

“Work together to breathe easier,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, October 20, 2017

“How Trump’s proposed cuts to the EPA could imperil the Pittsburgh region’s environment and public health,” PublicSource, Oct. 2, 2017

“GASP Air Fair,” The Bulletin, Sept. 2017

“The Reality of Pittsburgh’s Air Quality,” Huffington Post, Sept. 29, 2017

“Asthma is an epidemic among Pittsburgh schoolchildren. How can communities breathe easier?” NEXT Pittsburgh, Sept. 21, 2017

“Who’s responsible? Residents on the Brookline-Mt. Lebanon border concerned over development hazards in their community,” PublicSource, Sept. 14, 2017

“Crowd gathers outside Governor’s office protesting provisions in budget,” RabbleVid, Aug. 23, 2017

“Pittsburgh-area activists demand Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf keep campaign promise to protect water and air quality,” Pittsburgh City Paper, Aug. 23, 2017

“Making Air Pollution Fun? Try Picking This Nose,” Allegheny Front, Aug. 11, 2017

“CREATE Lab clears the air with improved Smell Pgh app and new website,” NEXT Pittsburgh, June 22, 2017

“Foundations gather in Pittsburgh to talk about lending support to help low-wage workers,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 22, 2017

“Shaler Area High School wins Phipps competition,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, June 14, 2017

“Toxic Air in Steam Valley,” TONIC, June 14, 2017

“Novel Air Pollution Study Gauges Individual Cyclists’ Risks,” Eos, June 13, 2017

“Two tales of a city: Trump’s Pittsburgh Remark ‘sadly misinformed’ to some, ‘a victory’ for others,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 2, 2017

“Trump wants to represent a Pittsburgh that doesn’t exist,” CBS Moneywatch, June 2, 2017

“CMU Scientists Help Clairton Residents Find Out What’s In Their Air,” The Allegheny Front, June 2, 2017

“County to Stop Air Monitoring of Gas Well Sites, No New Monitoring Sites Proposed for 2018,” WESA, May 26, 2017

“County Fines ATI $50K for Emissions Violations at Steel Plant,” WESA, May 24, 2017

“ATI-Allegheny Ludlum Harrison plant to get more lenient air pollution permits,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, May 23, 2017

“An Interview with Mayoral Candidate, John C. Welch,” Chatham Communique, May 8, 2017

“Asthma among us: Trouble in the air, inside and out,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 7, 2017

“Asthma at ‘epidemic’ levels in region’s schools, experts say on World Asthma Day,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 3, 2017

“6 Pittsburgh programs that combat environmental hazards at home and in schools,” Kidsburgh, May 2, 2017

“Modern Technology Can Be A Great Help,” Point Click Pittsburgh, April 28, 2017

“24 heads of Pittsburgh environmental groups unite to urge action: “We need your help,” NEXT Pittsburgh, April 21, 2017

“What it was like “Living Downwind” of Shenango Coke Works,” NEXT Pittsburgh, April 20, 2017

“United They Stand–24 Pittsburgh Nonprofits Unite for Environmental Justice in the Age of Trump,” Environmental Report, April 20, 2017

“Two Dozen Nonprofit CEOs Take a Stand Together For The Environment In Pittsburgh,” PA Environment Digest, April 20, 2017

“Pittsburgh has been going green, but the city’s air quality is still pretty gray,” Pittsburgh City Paper, April 19, 2017

“Pittsburgh region’s air gets failing grade again, but it’s getting better,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 19, 2017

“A Fight for Clean Air,” Point Click Pittsburgh, April 4, 2017

“4 Groups Sue Allegheny Technologies Over Permitted Pollution,” U.S. News and World Report, March 24, 2017

“4 Environmental Groups Suing ATI Over Harrison Plant Pollution,” CBS Pittsburgh, March 24, 2017

“Pollution notice filed with steelmaker Ludlum,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, March 24, 2017

“Allegheny Ludlum’s Brackenridge steel plant targeted in planned anti-pollution lawsuit,” WTAE, March 23, 2017

“4 groups to sue ATI over Harrison air pollution issues,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, March 23, 2017

“Environmental activists are using Smell PGH and other tech to unstink Pittsburgh–and so can you,” NEXT Pittsburgh, March 16, 2017

“How can average citizens fight polluters? A former EPA whistleblower explains,” NEXT Pittsburgh, Feb. 21, 2017

“How should environmentalists respond to Trump?” Pittsburgh City Paper, Jan. 18, 2017

“A whiff of citizen engagement powers Pittsburgh’s new air pollution app,” StateScoop, Jan. 16, 2017

2016 Press

“Explainer: What you should know about Pittsburgh’s air quality,” PublicSource, Dec. 21, 2016

“Activists question proposal to lower ATI emission limits,” Valley News Dispatch, Dec. 15, 2016

“Allegheny Ludlum pollution permit criticized,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Nov. 25, 2016

“Groups Ask EPA to Investigate County’s ‘Chronically’ Slow Air Permit Process,” Allegheny Front, Oct. 26, 2016

“We can’t afford to weaken fuel-efficiency regulations,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Oct. 18, 2016

“In Western Pennsylvania, 1 in 3 Major Polluters Are Operating With Expired Permits,” Allegheny Front, Oct. 7, 2016

“No permit? No problem for major air polluters around Pittsburgh,” Public Source, Sept. 29, 2016

“Glatfelter among nation’s worst air polluters,” York Daily Record, Sept. 29, 2016

“Dirty Gertie the Poor Polluted Birdie,” Pittsburgh City Paper, Sept. 26, 2016

“Enviro Group Challenges Approvals in $1.5B Pa. Gas Project,” Law360, Sept. 20, 2016

“Air quality gains insufficient,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Aug. 18, 2016

“The time is now for shale industry to take the lead in environmental performance,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Aug. 13, 2016

“Cheswick power-plant employees and local residents testify at Allegheny County hearing,” Pittsburgh City Paper, August 4, 2016

“Pittsburgh group recruits bicyclists to help monitor air quality,” WTAE, July 13, 2016

“A new proposal would limit emissions at Cheswick power plant outside Pittsburgh,” Pittsburgh City Paper, July 13, 2016

“Port Authority of Allegheny County considers adding electric buses,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, June 24, 2016

“Advocates ask Port Authority of Allegheny County to move toward all-electric fleet,” Pittsburgh City Paper, June 24, 2016

“Air Quality Collaborative gathers steam in Pittsburgh region,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, May 20, 2016

“Clean air expo focuses on Clairton Coke Works,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 16, 2016

“Experts to speak on connection between air pollution and brain health at Pittsburgh event,” Pittsburgh City Paper, May 9, 2016

“Does Pittsburgh Need Another Air Quality Study?” WESA, May 4, 2016

“Why Can’t Pittsburgh Get Its Act Together On Air Quality?” The Allegheny Front, April 29, 2016

“EQT gets Sustainable Shale certification,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, April 18, 2016

“Residents, groups question whether Clairton Coke Works clean air plan will work,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 1, 2016

“Lawrenceville residents ask Allegheny County Health Department to strengthen McConway & Torley permit,” Pittsburgh City Paper, March 3, 2016

“School districts must use buses with diesel emissions filters,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, March 1, 2016

“Most commuters travel alone by car, according to survey,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Jan. 16, 2016

“Shutdown of Coke Plant Draws Mixed Emotions,” CBS Pittsburgh, Jan. 8, 2016

“Legislators seek to delay emissions testing for newer vehicles,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Jan. 5, 2016

2015 Press

“Advocates ask Pittsburgh Public Schools to use school buses with cleaner diesel emissions,” Pittsburgh City Paper, Dec. 18, 2015

“Sustainable Pittsburgh’s Green Workplace Challenge winners reduced landfill waste, cut water usage and more,” Pittsburgh City Paper, Dec. 17, 2015

“More expensive summer blend gasoline may go away for Pittsburgh,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Dec. 15, 2015

“Sustainable Pittsburgh’s Green Workplace Challenge winners: how they did it,” NEXT Pittsburgh, Dec. 8, 2015

“Winners announced in Green Workplace Challenge,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Dec. 2, 2015

“Composting site in Cranberry could pose problems,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Nov. 24, 2015

“Environmentalists urge feds to enforce rules on power plant emissions cuts,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Nov. 12, 2015

“EPA hearings in Pittsburgh bring out climate activists,” StateImpact PA/Allegheny Front, Nov. 12, 2015

“Leaf collection sucks up funding in Western Pa. communities,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Nov. 11, 2015

“Coke Plants Are Still Among the Top Polluters in Allegheny County,” Allegheny Front, Oct. 30, 2015

“Dirty Air Linked to Rheumatoid Arthritis Flares,” Healthline, Oct. 29, 2015

“New report ranks Allegheny County’s top 10 air polluters,” WPXI, Oct. 27, 2015

“Railroads should join civic groups in a mission to improve air quality,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Oct. 11, 2015

“Turning Bikes into Smog-Sensing Machines,” Allegheny Front, Oct. 2, 2015

“Diesel pollution remedies must not be ignored,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Sept. 27, 2015

“Health happenings for Tuesday, Sept. 15,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Sept. 15, 2015

“What do you think of your commute? Pittsburgh officials create regional survey,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Sept. 14, 2015

“Allegheny County Health Department tells Shenango to fix problems at Neville Island coke plant,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Sept. 8, 2015

“Clean up the Shenango coke works,” Pittsburgh-Post Gazette, Sept. 3, 2015

“Tenaska agrees to provide pollution information on proposed South Huntingdon plant,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Sept. 1, 2015

“Industrial attraction: How Pittsburgh treats Shenango coke plant can hurt recruiting,” Pittsburgh-Post Gazette, Aug. 25, 2015.

“Sustainable Pittsburgh Calls On Local Employers To Help Improve Air Quality,” WESA, Aug. 24, 2015

“GASP to hold event on pollution and autism tomorrow night,” Pittsburgh City Paper, Aug. 21, 2015

“Stagnant air brings an odor of rotten eggs to Pittsburgh suburbs,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Aug. 20, 2015

“New Citizen Science Equipment for Monitoring Air Quality,” Green Optimistic, Aug. 17, 2015

“You can strap sensors to your bike or baby stroller to help monitor air quality,” TreeHugger, Aug. 13, 2015

“What you–yes, you–can do to improve Pittsburgh’s air quality,” NextPittsburgh, Aug. 10, 2015

“County aims for a Healthier Allegheny,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, June 24, 2015

“DEP issues permit to Shell for possible ethane cracker,” StateImpact, June 22, 2015

“Allegheny County Health Department: First Round of Lawrenceville Steel Foundry Testing Finished,” Pittsburgh City Paper, June 10, 2015

“Lawrenceville foundry exceeds emissions goal,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, June 4, 2015

“Pennsylvania OKs Key Environmental Permits for NatGas Power Plant,” Natural Gas Intelligence, May 27, 2015

“Foes of South Huntingdon gas-fired plant fight approval,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, May 25, 2015

“School bus pollution is dangerous, and efforts to control it are still uneven,”, May 21, 2015

“Foundry issue: Clean air,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, May 15, 2015

“Foundry vs. health,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, May 14, 2015

“Is a debate over a Lawrenceville foundry just about clean air–or is the neighborhood’s future growth at odds with its industrial past?” Pittsburgh City Paper, May 13, 2015

“GASP: Pittsburgh Environmental Group’s ’60s Roots,” Allegheny Front, May 1, 2015

“Cleaning the Air One School Bus at a Time,” Allegheny Front, May 1, 2015

“State of the Air: Pittsburgh Still Not Breathing Easy,” Allegheny Front, April 30, 2015

“McConway and Torley steel foundry under fire in trendy Lawrenceville,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, April 30, 2015

“Cardiologist to Present on Connections between Air Pollution and Heart Health,” Pittsburgh City Paper, April 29, 2015

“Gateway Middle School puts the ‘A’ in STEAM,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 24, 2015

“Allegheny County Health Department hears concerns, support on Lawrenceville steel foundry,” Pittsburgh City Paper, April 15, 2015

“Permit limiting hazardous emissions at McConway and Torley Foundry could reduce production, employees,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 15, 2015

“Activist entertains and informs with ‘Communitopia’ environmental-outreach program,” Pittsburgh City Paper, April 15, 2015

“Check out the major sources of air pollution in Allegheny County,” PublicSource, April 6, 2015

“Sierra Club tries to drum up support to cut emissions from Springdale power plant,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, April 3, 2015

“Environmental group might appeal dismissal against Shenango Inc.,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, March 31, 2015

“Judge dismisses group’s lawsuit against Neville Island coke plant,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, March 27, 2015

“Few Weeks Remain on Allegheny County Health Department public-comment period for Lawrenceville foundry,” Pittsburgh City Paper, March 26, 2015

“Protesters complain about Shenango Inc. emissions,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, March 21, 2015

“Residents give ‘Closed-Window Award’ to Neville Island’s Shenango coke plant,” Pittsburgh City Paper, March 20, 2015

“City’s decision to use clean-diesel legislation on Greenfield Bridge project hinges on state,” Pittsburgh City Paper, March 11, 2015

“Allegheny County residents carry fight against Shenango Inc. coke works to local governments,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Feb. 16, 2015

“Study affirms diesel emissions technology, boosting efforts to replace old engines,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Feb. 10, 2015

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