Clinic opens in Clairton to address pediatric asthma crisis

A new health center designed to treat the region's growing number of children with asthma opened Tuesday in the industrial hub of Clairton.

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Koppers to pay nearly $1 million to settle environmental claims

Koppers will pay nearly $1 million to the federal government and two states to resolve charges it didn't properly contain leaks from three chemical facilities located in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Allegheny County's proposed coke oven rules are hot topic

U.S. Steel is challenging proposed rules that would further limit emissions from Allegheny County's biggest source of hydrogen sulfide pollution, the Clairton coke works.

PennFuture lawsuit says EPA must update federal regulations for coke ovens

A coalition of environmental groups has prevailed in a federal lawsuit asserting that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency failed to regulate pollution from coke ovens around the country, including the Clairton Coke Works.

Has U.S. Steel kept promises made in agreement with Health Dept.?

A lot has happened since the Allegheny County Health Department finalized a settlement agreement with U.S. Steel over ongoing emissions issues at its Mon Valley Works this past summer.

Opinion: To protect people from COVID-19, halt unnecessary air pollution

People living in and near Pittsburgh are at greater risk in the COVID-19 pandemic because of the poor air quality.


New Allegheny County Health Department director hears air quality concerns

Dr. Debra Bogen, the new director of the Allegheny County Health Department, is already hearing concerns from the community, such as air quality in the Pittsburgh area.

30,000 lives could be saved with cleaner air, CMU professor says

Pittsburgh's air quality has improved dramatically over the past 20 years, but a Carnegie Mellon University researcher says that's no reason for area residents to be satisfied.

Fracking at Edgar Thomson steel mill among concerns discussed at environmental forum in Forest Hills

Braddock resident Je'Amour Matthew punctuated Tuesday's environmental forum hosted by state Rep. Summer Lee with a passionate speech that resonated with the roughly 50 people who attended.

Mon Valley holds public meeting on agreement between Allegheny County Health Department and U.S. Steel

People in the Mon Valley are learning more about how millions of dollars will be used to limit pollution from the Clairton Coke Works plant.

US Steel, Allegheny County have a draft agreement on pollution violations

The Allegheny County Health Department and U.S. Steel have a draft agreement to resolve multiple air pollution violations from the company's Clairton Plant over the past two years.

Clairton officials ask Allegheny County for help in fighting air pollution

Clairton city officials showed up at an Allegheny County Council meeting Tuesday evening to ask council members to help them improve public health in their city.

Demanding change, Clairton residents and activists rally for cleaner air

Residents of Clairton, Pittsburgh's East End neighborhoods and environmental organizations gathered outside U.S. Steel Corp.'s Downtown headquarters Thursday afternoon to demand the company spend the money needed to fix its Mon Valley coke works where two fires in six months made pollution control equipment inoperable.

U.S. Steel hit with another six-figure fine over excessive emissions

The Allegheny County Health Department announced Monday that it's fined US Steel more than $300,000 for air pollution violations at the Clairton coke works during the first quarter of 2019.

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Fractured: Buffered from fracking but still battling pollution

A statewide network of fracking and conventional wells, pipelines, and petrochemical plants closes in on communities.

Fractured: Distrustful of frackers, abandoned by regulators

"I was a total cheerleader for this industry at the beginning. Now I just want to make sure no one else makes the same mistake I did. It has ruined my life."

Fractured: The stress of being surrounded

Jane Worthington moved her grandkids to protect them from oil and gas wells—but it didn't work. In US fracking communities, the industry's pervasiveness causes social strain and mental health problems.

Fractured: Harmful chemicals and unknowns haunt Pennsylvanians surrounded by fracking

We tested families in fracking country for harmful chemicals and revealed unexplained exposures, sick children, and a family's "dream life" upended.

Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking scientific investigation finds western Pennsylvania families near fracking are exposed to harmful chemicals, and regulations fail to protect communities' mental, physical, and social health.

LISTEN: Kristina Marusic discusses the "Fractured" investigation

"Once they had the results of our study [families] felt like they had proof that these chemicals are in their air, their water, and making their way into their bodies."

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