The Turtle Creek Watershed stretches across 147 square miles, straddling Westmoreland and Allegheny counties. With the support of a state grant, the 50-year-old watershed association plans to assess the many areas where abandoned mine discharges pollute the creek and its tributaries, to help qualify for additional funds to clean up the waterways.
Dana Williamson joins the Agents of Change in Environmental Health podcast to discuss the crucial role of social science in examining and maximizing the impact of environmental justice research and on-the-ground work.
Williamson, an Environmental Health Fellow at the U.S. EPA Office of Science Advisor, Policy & Engagement, is part of the current group of
<a href="https://www.ehn.org/agents-of-change-in-environmental-health-new-fellows-2648609863.html" target="_self">Agents of Change fellows.</a> She talks about her upbringing in downtown Detroit, challenging days working as an EMT, and her work on both the academic and government sides of health research.
The Agents of Change in Environmental Health podcast is a biweekly podcast featuring the stories and big ideas from past and present fellows. You can see all of the past episodes
<a href="https://www.ehn.org/agents-of-change-environmental-health-podcast-2648772968.html" target="_self">here</a>.
Listen below to our discussion with Williamson, and subscribe to the podcast at
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EHN's Pittsburgh reporter Kristina Marusic recently appeared on the podcast In This Climate to discuss the impacts of fracking in southwestern Pennsylvania and beyond.
She shared the story of a community in Braddock, Pennsylvania, that's been fighting to stop a fracking well from being drilled on the property of a U.S. Steel mill. After recounting a heated community meeting where residents <a href="https://www.ehn.org/residents-shout-down-oil-and-gas-execs-over-fracking-at-us-steel-mill-2633068424.html" target="_blank">heckled and shouted at</a> representatives from the fracking company, she explained why people in similar communities are so concerned about having fracking wells nearby.</p><p>Marusic discussed studies she's reported on for EHN that found fracking chemicals have built up <a href="https://www.ehn.org/chemicals-from-fracking-in-pennsylvania-polluting-freshwater-mussels-2602333500.html" target="_blank">in the shells of freshwater mussels</a>, caused rare <a href="https://www.ehn.org/fracking-farm-horses-2646115658.html" target="_blank">birth defects in horses</a>, and have been linked to <a href="https://www.ehn.org/health-impacts-of-fracking-2634432607.html" target="_blank">numerous health harms in humans</a>.</p><p>
"Fracking has been linked to a range of health effects in more than a thousand studies including low birth weights, asthma, migraines, heart problems and birth defects," Marusic explained. "People in communities with fracking are fearful about the exposures they're facing from the industry."</p><p>
In This Climate is a weekly podcast out of The Media School and the Environmental Resilience Institute at Indiana University that covers weather, wildlife, human resilience, and the ever-changing environment. Marusic helped kick off the podcast's series on fracking.
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Lt. Gov. John Fetterman has leaned heavily on his working-class Mon Valley roots to raise his national profile, becoming a cable news star during the aftermath of the presidential election. But while he is soaking up the national spotlight, environmental injustice threatens the former Braddock mayor's hometown, leaving many residents asking: Will he show up and stand with the community?