PITTSBURGH — The results of a report identifying the “Toxic Ten” worst air polluters in Allegheny County were revealed Tuesday morning.
Allegheny County is in the top 2 percent among counties nationwide for cancer risk from industrial air pollution, a majority of which is released by the Toxic Ten, according to PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center.
“We like to talk about Pittsburgh as a most livable city, but our air is killing us,” Zachary Barber, of PennEnvironment, said.
The following facilities were included on the Toxic Ten list:
- Cheswick Power Plant
- ATI Flat Rolled Products
- USS-Clairton Plant
- ATI Powder Metals
- Valspar Coatings
- Universal Stainless and Alloy Products
- BPI Inc. – McKees Rocks PA Plant
- Harsco Metals
- Pressure Chemical Company
- McConway & Torley Foundry
PennEnvironment is calling on Allegheny County and its health department to do more to reduce pollution.
Melanie Meade lives in Clairton, not far from the steel plant there.
“It's still very uncomfortable to sit outside with your child and try to play when you're dealing with this fume of rotten eggs that you can't get away from,” Meade said.
The top pollutant for 2015 was not on the 2018 list.
“I think it shows it is possible to continue operating while not exposing your neighbors to toxic risk, and I would be really glad if the next few years we go to redo the list and find that all of these facilities have dropped off,” Barber said.
Allegheny County spokeswoman Amie Downs released the following statement:
Allegheny County Health Department Director Dr. Karen Jacker released the following statement:
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