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— Environmental Health Project: PA’s Natural Gas Boom – What Went Wrong? Why Does It Matter? What Can We Do Better To Protect Public Health? [PaEN]
— DEP: Potential For Environmental Impacts From Spills Or Leaks Of Radioactive Oil & Gas Waste Materials Is Real; Health Dept. Not Aware Of All Chemicals In Oil & Gas Wastewater Making Risk Assessment Difficult [PaEN]
— Environmental Health Project – Part 1: Personal Narrative Of Environmental, Health Impacts From Oil & Gas Drilling On Siri Lawson, Warren County [PaEN]
— Environmental Health Project – Part II: Personal Narrative Of Environmental, Health Impacts From Oil & Gas Drilling On Siri Lawson, Warren County [PaEN]
— University Of Pittsburgh School Of Public Health Recruiting Families In Southwest PA For Study Of Childhood Cancer, One Of 3 Studies Of Potential Health Impacts Linked To Shale Natural Gas Development [PaEN]
Air pollution warnings continue through Tuesday morning
The Allegheny County Health Department announced Monday that the Mon Valley air pollution warning issued Saturday will continue at least through Tuesday morning because of concentrations of particulates. On Monday morning, the Mon Valley experienced one of the strongest weather inversions in some time, according to a news release. An inversion occurs when a layer of warm air traps pollution close to the ground. The inversion has broken but air dispersion will remain poor throughout the day.
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Mon Valley air quality prompts another pollution warning
“Residents in SWPA shouldn’t have to endure having the worst air quality in the country for half the month of October,” said Matt Mehalik, executive director of the Breathe Project. “Why isn’t more being done to enforce rules on the books to prohibit serial polluters from spreading their stinky and health-damaging air across the fence line of their plants into our communities in the Mon Valley and into the City of Pittsburgh?” The nonprofit Group Against Smog and Pollution (GASP) also chimed in, asking the health department to be vigilant in evaluating how major players did business during the inversion conditions.
A guide to environmental health in southwestern Pennsylvania
The region also features unique topography with plentiful mountains and valleys that influence the way pollutants move through the environment (or don’t) and who is most impacted by them. A 2021 study estimated that even if everyone in Allegheny County had quit smoking 20 years ago, lung cancer rates would only be 11% lower, further suggesting that pollution plays a significant role in the region’s lung cancer rates. For contrast, in the other 612 counties throughout the U.S. included in the study, lung cancer rates would have dropped an average of 62% if everyone had quit smoking 20 years ago.
As Nov. 8 election approaches, Wolf and Pa. lawmakers look to push through massive tax incentives for natural gas
HARRISBURG — Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and top state lawmakers are hurriedly negotiating a massive economic development package that would encourage natural gas development in Pennsylvania. Taken as a whole, the package would be even bigger than the record-setting $1.65 billion incentive Pennsylvania gave Shell for its plastic factory in Beaver County. The incentives would sunset in 2045, putting the potential price tag of foregone state taxes at roughly $3.6 billion if the credits are claimed in full. In particular, the package would provide $50 million a year to a company that develops a so-called hydrogen hub, or a system of facilities — including pipelines and compressor stations — to convert fracked natural gas into hydrogen.
Recycling plastic is practically impossible — and the problem is getting worse
The vast majority of plastic that people put into recycling bins is headed to landfills, or worse, according to a report from Greenpeace on the state of plastic recycling in the U.S. The report cites separate data published this May which revealed that the amount of plastic actually turned into new things has fallen to new lows of around 5%. That number is expected to drop further as more plastic is produced. “The crisis just gets worse and worse, and without drastic change will continue to worsen as the industry plans to triple plastic production by 2050,” says Lisa Ramsden, senior plastic campaigner for Greenpeace USA.