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Thank you to the 36-member coalition that came together to call on the Allegheny County Health Department to take action against the Shenango coke works for its ongoing air pollution violations (“Coalition Pushing for Action on Neville Coke Plant,” March 23), and thank you to the Post-Gazette editorial board for echoing this call for action (“Shenango’s Duty: DTE Energy Must End Its ‘Horrendous’ Record,” March 26).

The need for enforcement against this facility is extremely important to me, as the mother of two small children growing up and going to Assumption School in Bellevue. This is about the health and well-being of my children. Their health is far more important than the profits of a Michigan-based corporation. The small business owners calling for action are a part of our community. They are good neighbors who are not breaking the law and polluting the air we breathe to make more money. They are here providing us with services we want and need.

I understand that Shenango employs many community women and men, and we value their hard work and commitment to their families. However, I think we can work together to improve the air quality in our neighborhood and make it a more vibrant and comfortable place to live for all of us.

MARGARET GILCHRIST
Bellevue


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