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Climate change, inversions, and the rise of “super pollution” air events

Why the air was unsafe to breathe and reeked of "hospital waste" in a Pennsylvania community this Christmas

PITTSBURGH—Residents of the Mon Valley, a cluster of townships along the Monongahela River 20 miles south of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, endured some of the stinkiest and most polluted air in the nation this Christmas.

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Clairton resident Melanie Meade speak at in June at an event calling for clean air at the base of the US Steel building in downtown Pittsburgh. (Credit: Mark Dixon/flickr)

Clairton residents on the proposed U.S. Steel class action settlement: “It’s not enough.”

PITTSBURGH — The attorneys who brought a class action lawsuit against U.S. Steel on behalf of residents of Clairton, Pennsylvania, recently announced a proposed settlement—but some residents and community advocates don't feel justice is being served.

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7 things residents of Clairton, McKeesport, and Elizabeth need to know about the proposed settlement with U.S. Steel

Update: Two free legal clinics will be held in Clairton to provide critical information and 1-on-1 time with an attorney for residents who may be included in the proposed settlement.

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Pittsburgh residents petition officials—again—to take action on rotten-smelling air

PITTSBURGH—Do you smell that?

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Union workers and tribal leaders protest Trump’s support of fracking in Pennsylvania

PITTSBURGH—On Wednesday afternoon, President Donald Trump spoke in support of fracking at the Shale Insight Convention here, where he praised the industry for creating jobs and giving America "energy independence."

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There are concerning carcinogens in Western Pennsylvania water

Some contaminants in Pittsburgh's drinking water—including disinfectant byproducts and industrial chemicals—are at unsafe levels and could contribute to the region's higher than average cancer rates, according to a new report.

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PFAS with your pizza? People who eat more takeout have higher levels of harmful chemicals in their bodies

Dangerous PFAS chemicals show up in the bodies of people who eat takeout, fast food, and pizza often at higher levels than in people who regularly cook at home, according to a new study.

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Parents of child cancer victims plead with PA Governor Wolf to attend cancer crisis meeting

Air pollution creates a high level of cancer risk for residents of Southwestern Pennsylvania, where at least 67 children have been diagnosed with rare cancers in some of the most heavily-fracked counties in the nation. And parents are demanding answers.

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