We are pittsburgh neighbors that want clean air. Our group is Greenfield for Clean Air. You don’t have to live in Greenfield to take part in our group. Our goal is to keep you updated, make it easy to understand the issues and take action to protect our environment.
House Bill 1808 named “Advanced Recycling”, but it’s just burning plastic
The key findings: chemical recycling releases toxic chemicals into the environment, has a large carbon footprint, is not yet proven to scale and cannot compete in the market or be part of the circular economy. Click here to read more and how to oppose this bill.
Heavy rotten egg / sulfur smell in the air
After a wave of awful air pollution this past week — specifically, 5 straight days of violations of state standards for sulfur pollution. Call/write County and/or Exec Fitzgerald and complain about the bad smells/demand action. Here’s a link to submit a short video that will be sent to Rich Fitzgerald. Article: Health Department warns increased air pollution. Here’s more info and how to submit a smell complaint
RGGI an initiative to reduce greenhouse gas
Pennsylvania officials are proposing to join one of the most successful programs in the nation for reducing climate pollution. It’s called the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), and it has reduced climate pollution by 47% since 2008 in the states that have already joined. Click here to read more and click here to send a comment that you are pro RGGI. You can also sign up to speak at a public hearing about RGGI. Read more about what RGGI is all about
Shell is applying for an increase in emissions at its cracker plant in Beaver
November 16, 2020 was the last day to submit opposition
The plant hasn’t opened yet and Shell wants permits to release more pollution than they were originally permitted. Please send email to Melissa Jativa () and Mark R. Gorog () with subject line: “Re: Requesting Denial of Shell LLC’s Air Permit Plan Approval Applications (04-00740B and 04-00740C)” asking them to deny the request that Shell is asking for regarding these higher emissions levels. Here’s more info on the request to produce and increased amount of pollution then originally permitted. You can click this link here, it will take you to an online form, it’s an easier way to oppose the increase.
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Have efforts to solve the plastic pollution problem made it worse? Go inside the battle over plastics, recycling and what’s at stake.
Despite efforts spreading across America to reduce the use of plastic and the crisis of ocean pollution growing, the plastics industry is rapidly scaling up new production and promoting a familiar solution: recycling. But it’s estimated that no more than 10% of plastic produced has ever been recycled. The documentary “Plastic Wars,” from FRONTLINE and NPR, reveals how plastic makers for decades have publicly promoted recycling, despite privately expressing doubts that widespread plastic recycling would ever be economically viable. Link to the video
Oil-and-gas wells produce nearly a trillion gallons of radioactive toxic waste a year.
Shocking new investigative study shows how it could be making workers sick and contaminating communities across America. The radioactive waste being spread over Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.
The radiation is making truckers that haul brine sick, the brine is being used as ice melt on roads and becoming airborne, it’s being sprayed adjacent to corn fields, dumped in rivers, the list goes on.
This article is also in audio form. Here is the article
PBS NewsHour presents a special series on The Plastic Problem
By 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean. PBS NewsHour takes a closer look at how it’s impacting the world and ways we can break our plastic addiction.
Sulfur / rotten egg smell in the air
You may have noticed a sulfur or rotten egg odor in the air. US Steel Clairton is the largest coke plant in the United States, and it’s right up the river. The air monitor nearest to U.S. Steel’s Clairton Coke Works has detected levels of hydrogen sulfide above the state’s daily average standard an average of 52 times per year for the past seven years. Here’s info on the plant and what you can do.
New Report Finds Chemicals of Concern in Local Drinking Water
There was a list of nine cancer-causing chemicals that were found in at least one of the 10 largest municipal drinking water systems in Allegheny County. One of the more prominent ones was bromodichloromethane. Here’s the article
From the article, “One of the most notable sources is oil and gas wastewater”