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PITTSBURGH — On Tuesday, EHN reporter Kristina Marusic was presented two awards from the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania for her reporting on toxic pollution caused by extractive industries in western Pennsylvania.

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PITTSBURGH — Hospitals save lives — but they’re also complex ecosystems that generate toxic waste, rely on fossil fuels and instigate health problems due to harmful emissions.

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Ferguson, 49, yearned to go back to her East Palestine home, a two-story duplex, but didn’t dare. Being there made her sick. She fears toxic chemicals that leaked from broken and burned railroad cars have made their way into a creek that runs under her house. The smell hits her as soon as she walks in the front door. She wonders, “What will these poisons do to my mother if we move back?”