Protecting Communities from Toxic Emissions

Clean Water Action is partnering with residents who live near industrial sources to reduce toxic emissions that can lead health issues like cancer and asthma.

McConway and Torley West Baghouse

Stop delaying and issue a strong permit for McConway and Torley today!

The McConway and Torley Steel Foundry in Lawrenceville is one of the worst polluters in Allegheny County. Tell ACHD no more excuses, issue a permit now that factors in the needs of the community not the company.

Building a green future for the Shenango Coke Works site

In January 2016, Shenango Coke Works on Neville Island closed its doors after 54 years of producing coal and polluting the surrounding environment. This presents an opportunity to remediate the site and repurpose it in way that is beneficial to the surrounding community.

The Shenango Coke Works site

Tell DTE to keep the Shenango site pollution free

For years the Shenango Coke Works on Neville Island has harmed the health and environment of the over 70,000 residents living nearby.

Groups Urge Health Department to Issue the Strongest Possible Permit for McConway & Torley to Reduce Emissions

Community and environmental groups deliver letter signed by a dozen groups during September 22nd ACHD meeting

 

From We All Live Downstream

Blue smoke from a battery cluster
May 20, 2016

The Allegheny County Controller, Chelsa Wagner, recently completed an audit of the Allegheny County Health Department’s (ACHD) Air Quality Program. What she found is not shocking to those of us who have had to live in polluted communities or those of us who have been working across the region to improve air quality.

Awarding Clairton Coke Works the Closed Windows Award
April 4, 2016

Did you hear the recent news? The Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD), the primary agency that deals with air pollution in Pittsburgh and the surrounding county, reached a deal with US Steel to reduce emissions from the Clairton Coke Works. They announced it on Good Friday, but it should have been Groundhog Day because it's giving me a serious case of déjà vu.

Foundry, Wes Baghouse. Credit: Cassi Steenblok / Clean Water Action
March 10, 2016

When I was moving to Pittsburgh I conducted the arduous task of finding a place to live without being in the city.