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.

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.