I live less than 1,000 yards from the DTE Shenango plant on Neville Island, and I know the negative health impact of the toxins it releases.
On Nov. 19, I was joined by many of my fellow advocates for cleaner air and a healthier Pittsburgh at a community meeting with the Environmental Protection Agency and the Allegheny County Health Department. Our simple ask — to put citizens’ health first by cleaning up Shenango (“Coke Plant Emissions Drawing New Regulatory Scrutiny,” Nov. 20).
I’ve lived here all my life and take pride in this city. I know that we must take appropriate measures to clean up our air.
After a career in the steel industry, my grandfather suffered a heart attack and spent the last years of his life tethered to an oxygen machine. My first son was born prematurely, one of the poor birth outcomes linked to air pollution exposure. I always wonder if my grandfather and son would have been healthier if we lived somewhere else.
That’s why I took a stand and asked the EPA to renegotiate the federal consent decree, a document that enables Shenango to continually function in violation of the very laws that are meant to keep us safe.
There are many of us here in Pittsburgh who are working to keep our communities safe, but we can’t solve this problem alone. We need the EPA and county health department to put the health of our families first by creating and enforcing laws that limit toxic pollution in our air.