Elected Officials Push for Clean Air

More than 60 Seek Industrial Pollution Crackdown

Joe DeStio
August 28, 2019 - 2:41 pm
More than 60 elected leaders from across Allegheny County have signed a letter calling for a crackdown on industrial polluters.

Joe DeStio

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) – More than 60 elected leaders from across Allegheny County have signed a letter calling for a crackdown on industrial polluters. The letter calls for tougher pollution standards and increased penalties on violators.

The group was put together by Penn Environment. Field Organizer Zachary Barber says, “Maybe once there was a time where air pollution was just the cost of progress. But today, in 2019, there is no reason why anyone should be forced to breathe dirty air that jeopardizes their health.”

Barber says that more than 70 percent of the air pollution in Allegheny County comes from just 10 industrial polluters including the Cheswick Power Plant and Clairton Coke Works.

State Representative Austin Davis represents much of the upper Mon Valley. “We’ve been the ground zero for this fight. The Clairton Coke Works is in my district.”

Among the other signees, State Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa of Forest Hills says, “Our challenge is one that is not easy. As we look to Washington, DC and the steps our president has taken with the EPA, trying to roll back as much as possible some of the environmental protections.”

Among the other officials signing the letter are Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, State Senators Wayne Fontana and Lindsay Williams, State Representatives Anthony DeLuca, Dan Frankel, Ed Gainey, Sara Innamorato, Summer Lee, Dan Miller, Harry Readshaw, and Jake Wheatley. And the mayors of Braddock, Bellevue, Duquesne, Forest Hills and Sharpsburg.

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