DEP to propose limits on PFAS-family chemicals that it says balance cost and public health

One environmental group has consistently advocated for stricter limits than what the agency is recommending.

The “twin crises” of high cancer rates and exposure to toxics in Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH—A group of local physicians, researchers, community advocates, and elected officials released a declaration today calling for action on cancer-causing pollutants in southwestern Pennsylvania.

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Following up with families from ‘Fractured,’ EHN’s fracking investigation in western Pennsylvania

PITTSBURGH—It's been three months since EHN published Fractured, a groundbreaking investigation into the personal costs of fracking for western Pennsylvania families.

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Study suggests pollution plays an outsized role in western Pennsylvania cancer rates

PITTSBURGH—Even if everyone in Allegheny County had quit smoking 20 years ago, lung cancer rates in the region would only have dropped by 11 percent, according to a new analysis, which suggests that air pollution plays a significant role in western Pennsylvania cancer rates.

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What do politicians have to say about 'Fractured?'

EHN conducted a two-year study that found Pennsylvania families living near fracking wells are being exposed to high levels of harmful industrial chemicals. Our findings are documented in the four-part series Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking.

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Living near fracking wells is linked to higher rate of heart attacks: Study

Living among fracking wells is linked to higher rates of hospitalizations and deaths due to heart attacks, according to a new study.

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U.S. Steel abandons clean tech plans in Pittsburgh region following damning health study

PITTSBURGH—A recent study found that people with asthma who live near a U.S. Steel facility experienced worsened symptoms following a 2018 fire that damaged pollution controls—and that even prior to the fire, a trend of lower lung function was observed in people living close to the plant.

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Lead detected in 80% of Allegheny County, Pa., water systems: Report

PITTSBURGH—Lead was detected in 80 percent of water systems in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, which encompasses Pittsburgh, in 2019, according to a new two-year analysis.

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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.

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