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Our pollution problem impacts the health and welfare of our citizens, especially children and seniors, who are at risk for higher rates of heart and lung disease, asthma, adverse birth outcomes, cancer and premature death. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, in 2016 alone, the U.S. Steel Clairton Coke Works plant emitted:
- 712,000 tons of carbon dioxide, a heat-trapping greenhouse gas
- 312 tons of PM 2.5, more than half of the entire county’s PM 2.5 emissions from all major emitters
- 152 tons of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) which cause serious health conditions including damage to liver, kidney and the central nervous system
- 12 tons of benzene, which increases the risk of fatal cancers
Fitzgerald must act to stop these harms to county residents.
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