Including Environmental Health
Print, online and local resources in environmental pollution and environmental health, particularly for the Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania area.
The Air & Waste Management Association, Allegheny Mountain Section
Promoting better understanding of problems in the fields of air and water pollution and waste management and providing a means for exchanging information towards resolving those problems.
Allegheny CleanWays is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed in 2000 to "engage and empower people to eliminate illegal dumping and littering in Allegheny County."
Allegheny County: Adopt a Road
Do you or your organizationwant to adopt a county road and keep it clean? It entails picking up trash twice a year along a 3-mile stretch.
Allegheny County Environmental Air Quality Task Force
Charged with reviewing the functions of the County’s Air Quality Program and making recommendations to improve regional air quality, the Task Force gave its recommendations in December of 2009.
Allegheny County Health Department
Includes a section on Environment that covers air pollution, solid waste management and public drinking water.
Allegheny County Partnership to Reduce Diesel Pollution
The Allegheny County Partnership to Reduce Diesel Pollution is a comprehensive campaign led by Clean Water Action and the Group Against Smog and Pollution (GASP), to reduce deadly particulate emissions from all diesel sectors, including waste haulers, trucks, buses, locomotives, and marine vessels.
The Breathe Project
The Breathe Project is a coalition of residents, businesses, government and many other groups in southwestern Pennsylvania that are working together to clean up our air for the health of our families and economy.
Center for Environmental Oncology
The purpose of the Center for Environmental Oncology at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute is to promote further research on the environmental causes of cancer and educate the public about environmental risk factors for cancer.
Center for Healthy Environments & Communities, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health
CHEC helps individuals & communities in Western Pennsylvania identify their most important environmental problems and develop action plans for more sustainable solutions for a healthy environment.
Citizens Against Litter
Created in 2005, Citizens Against Litter is a loosely connected group of Pittsburgh residents and merchants who are passionate about picking up litter in their neighborhoods.
Don't Trash My Turf!
An anti-litter campaign by the Office of Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and the Pennsylvania Resources Council made possible by a grant from the Colcom Foundation.
Environmental Working Group: Chromium-6 Is Widespread in US Tap Water
Pittburgh, with .88 parts per billion (ppb), has one of the highest levels of the carcinogenic hexavalent chromium of the 35 cities tested. In 2009, California officials proposed setting a “public health goal” for hexavalent chromium in drinking water of 0.06 parts per billion to reduce cancer risk.
GASP: Group Against Smoking and Pollution
A citizen's group working to prevent air pollution on local, state, and national levels since its creation in 1969.
Institute for Green Science: Introduction to Green Chemistry
This course from Carnegie Mellon University helps students understand the notion of sustainability and how it applies to chemistry.
- Little Blue Run Fly Ash Containment Reservoir in Beaver County
- National Geographic: Largest U.S. Coal Ash Pond to Close, But Future Rules Still Undecided 8/9/2012
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Little Blue Run ash reservoir in Greene Township called hazard 6/30/2009
"The Little Blue Run coal ash storage reservoir in Beaver County was identified Monday by federal officials as one of the 44 most hazardous in the nation, not because of any defects but because it is near where people live. Beaver County is the only community in Pennsylvania that is identified by the Environmental Protection Agency as a place where residents are potentially threatened by coal ash storage ponds similar to one that flooded a neighborhood in Tennessee last year."
Ohio Citizen Action: WTI Incinerator
An action group best known for its work in environment and health and a major opponent to Waste Technologies, Inc. East Liverpool, Ohio, hazardous waste incinerator on the Ohio-Pennsylvania border.
Paddle Without Pollution
Paddle Without Pollution organizes primarily kayakers and canoeists to conduct trash pick-ups, assist with habitat restoration, and monitor the conditions of rivers, lakes, and streams.
Pittsburgh Post Gazette
Three of dirtiest coal-fired plants in Western Pa., report finds
"Three of the 10 dirtiest coal-fired power plants in the nation are located in Western Pennsylvania, according to a new report that also ranks the state first overall in emissions of toxic air pollutants like arsenic, chromium, hydrochloric acid, lead and mercury." (12/8/2011)
Mercury termed a big threat to health in region
A Wednesday, January 26, 2011 article about a PennEnvironment report that found that "The Keystone coal-fired power plant in Armstrong County is the second biggest mercury emitter in the nation, and the Conemaugh power plant in southern Indiana County ranks fourth. Both are owned by Houston, Texas-based GenOn, formerly RRI. The Cambria Cogen Co. power plant in Cambria County ranks eighth nationally for mercury emissions." Download the report: Dirty Energy's Assault on Our Health: Mercury
A Post-Gazette series that examines air pollution in Western Pennsylvania
"...the Post-Gazette's review and analysis of state Department of Health mortality statistics shows that 14,636 more people died from heart disease, respiratory disease and lung cancer in the region from 2000 through 2008 than national mortality rates for those diseases would predict. Those diseases have been linked to air pollution exposure." (Sunday, December 12, 2010)
The ugly side of beauty, some cosmetics can be toxic
This July 20, 2010 article by Marylynn Uricchio reports that the European Union has banned more than 1000 chemicals from cosmetics while the U.S. has only banned 10. Check here for information on what organizations are trying to change this:
Region gets an 'F' for pollution: Pittsburgh's air again ranks among worst in nation
April 27, 2011. "In the American Lung Association's "State of the Air 2011" report released Tuesday, the Pittsburgh area ranked as the nation's third most polluted area for short-term particle pollution for the second year in a row. It ranked behind only the Bakersfield-Delano and Fresno-Madera areas of California."
- Three of dirtiest coal-fired plants in Western Pa., report finds
PopCity: Stamping Out Cigarette Butt Litter
A July 8, 2009 by Caralyn Green about the toxicity of cigarette butts.
Rockefeller University (NY) Case Study: "Evaluating Environmental Equity in Allegheny County"
A community risk study by Theodore S. Glickman from the Program for the Human Environment (1994).
A local nonprofit organization committed to eradicating "visual blight", like electronic billboards.
Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project
A nonprofit addressing the health effects of natural gas drilling in Southwest Pennsylvania, funded by the Heinz Endowments, the Pittsburgh Foundation and the Claneil Foundation. Read more at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: First-ever shale health office opens
Southwest Pennsylvania Ozone Action Partnership
A coalition of businesses, governments, community groups and individuals that educates the public about the dangers of ground-level ozone and encourages people to take voluntary actions to reduce their contributions to air pollution. You will find an ozone forecast on their web page.
- Superfund Sites
Lindane Dump Site (EPA)
Information on this Superfund site located in Harrison Township, 20 miles northeast of Pittsburgh from the Environmental Protection Agency's Hazardous Site Cleanup Division for Region 3, Pennsylvania.
Lindane Dump/ALSCO Park Superfund Site
Information from AKvalley.com about the cleanup of this EPA National Priorities List site, one of the nation's most serious uncontrolled or abandoned hazardous waste sites identified for possible long-term cleanup action under the Superfund program. Located in Harrison Township, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, about 20 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.
- Lindane Dump Site (EPA)
Von Roll America (WTI)
Von Roll America, Inc. owns and operates the WTI (Waste Technologies, Inc.) industrial waste treatment plant in East Liverpool, OH.
Westmoreland Cleanways sponsors programs for the proper disposal of solid waste through recycling, special collections, and the cleanup of illegal dumpsites and littered areas.
Zero Waste Pittsburgh: Household Chemical Collections
Learn what Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) is and how to dispose of it.
Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful
In 2010, PA CleanWays (1990) and Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful (2003) merged to become the new Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful whose mission is empowering Pennsylvanians to make our communities clean and beautiful.
Pennsylvania litter resource center from the Pennsylvania Resources Council.
A consumer action group advocating for clean air, clean water and open spaces.
- PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center
Penn Environment: Wasting our Waterways 2012: Toxic Industrial Pollution and the Unfulfilled Promise of the Clean Water Act
March 22, 2012: the Ohio River ranks first in the U.S. for toxic discharges in 2010 and the Monongahela River ranks 17th.
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
Includes information on Environmental Cleanup Programs, Recycling Programs, and Solid Waste Management Programs.
Pennsylvania Outdoor Lighting Council (POLC)
The Pennsylvania Outdoor Lighting Council provides advice on solving the problems of glare, light trespass and skyglow caused by light pollution. The goal of the POLC is to reduce light pollution in Pennsylvania by educating the public about the safety and nuisance problems of obtrusive lighting and by recommending actions to improve outdoor lighting.
American Lung Association: State of the Air
Since 1999, the American Lung Association has used data from state air quality monitors to produce its annual State of the Air report on ozone and particulate pollution around the nation.
CLU-IN: Hazardous Waste CleanUp Information Website
Provides information about innovative treatment technologies to the Hazardous Waste community. Managed by the Technology Innovation Office of EPA.
Collaborative on Health and the Environment
The Collaborative on Health and the Environment's (CHE's) primary mission is to strengthen the science dialogue on environmental factors impacting human health and to facilitate collaborative efforts to address environmental health concerns.
Environmental Working Group
A leading content provider for public interest groups and concerned citizens who are campaigning to protect the environment. Includes studies on the safest cosmetics.
EPA: Environmental Protection Agency
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), MidAtlantic Region (3)
Serving Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia
Office of Air and Radiation
Includes current news.
In the U.S., coal-fired power plants are the biggest source of mercury emissions to the air, where the concentrations are usually low and of little direct concern. When they enter the water, however, they build up in fish where they are then ingested by people.
- Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), MidAtlantic Region (3)
Household Products Database
This database from the National Library of Medicine allows you to find out what's in common household products (automobile, home cleaning, home maintenance, personal care, pesticides, garden, hobbies and crafts) and what are the potential health effects, and other safety and handling information.
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
NIH institute for basic research on environment-related diseases.
Natural Resources Defense Council: Toxic 20
August 9, 2012: "Residents of Kentucky, Ohio and Pennsylvania are exposed to more toxic air pollution from coal-fired power plants than in any other state, according to an analysis by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)."
Noise Pollution Clearinghouse
a national non-profit organization which seeks to raise awareness about noise pollution and reduce it.
Using trees, grasses and other plants to clean our environment. From Great Plains/Rocky Mountain Hazardous Substance Research Center at Kansas State Univeristy.
A chemical information service provided by Green Media Toolshed to help you find chemical polluters in your community. Type in your zip code to identify the pollutants in your area.
ZERI: Zero Emissions Research Institute
Works to create a new paradign of sustainable industry by targeting zero gaseous, liquid and solid emissions.
Louise I. Gerdes, book editor
An Opposing Viewpoints volume from Greenhaven Press which includes views of scientists, policy makers, and other experts debating the future of the world's oceans.
Night Fire: Big Oil, Poison Air, and Margie Richard's Fight to Save Her Town
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The Diamond neighborhood was an all-black enclave in the mostly white town of Norco, Louisiana, aptly named for the New Orleans Refining Co., an industrial processing plant. Margie Eugene Richard was raised in the shadow of a giant chemical plant operated by Shell, and witnessed her neighbors fall ill amid the toxic waste the plant emitted year after year. This is the story of her 15 year fight against the goliath and its pollution.
Smogtown: The Lung-Burning History of Pollution in Los Angeles
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Residents of the Smokey City might find solace in this accessible history of LA's air pollution problems.
What We Leave Behind
Industrial civilization (essentially a complicated way of turning land into waste) is incompatible with life and Earth's natural system of growth and decay.
Animal Factory: The Looming Threat Of Industrial Pig Dairy And Poultry Farms To Humans And The Environment
TD195.A34 K57 2010
Bestselling investigative journalist David Kirby exposes the powerful business and political interests behind large-scale factory farms, and tracks the far-reaching fallout that contaminates our air, land, water, and food.
Moving Mountains: How One Woman and Her Community Won Justice from Big Coal
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Patricia Bragg, a homemaker in the tiny community of Pie, West Virginia, joined forces with attorney Joe Lovett to halt the mountaintop removal mining practices of the coal industry (Bragg v. Robertson).
Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry
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Malkan complains that the $35 billion cosmetics industry is so powerful that they've kept themselves unregulated for decades. The European Union has banned more than 1,100 chemicals from cosmetics while the United States has banned just nine.
Poisoned Nation: Pollution, Greed, and the Rise of Deadly Epidemics
An award-winning investigative journalist links the soaring epidemics of cluster illnesses and many other diseases to the chemical contamination of our water, air, food, and everyday products for the profit and power of a reckless few.
Poisoned Profits: The Toxic Assault on Our Children
Two journalists directly and definitively link industrial toxins to the current rise in childhood disease and death in the United States. The Shabecoffs provide evidence that our homes are now infested with everything from dangerous flame retardants in crib mattresses to harmful plastic softeners in teething rings to antibiotics and arsenic in chicken to lush lawns dusted with herbicides.
Slow Death by Rubber Duck: The Secret Danger of Everyday Things
Pollution is no longer just about belching smokestacks and ugly sewer pipes; now, it's personal. The most dangerous pollution, it turns out, comes from commonplace items in our homes and workplaces that are laced with industrial toxins (phthalates, Teflon, ubiquitous anti-bacterial triclosan, brominated fire retardants, Bisphenol A, mercury, and hormone-based pesticide 2.4-D).