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Trouble in the Air: Pennsylvania’s health at risk with high numbers of dirty air days in 2016

[Pennsylvania] – As the Trump administration considers weakening federal air quality and global warming emissions standards, air pollution remains a threat to public health in communities across Pennsylvania.

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Philadelphia City Council, Community Groups Hold Hearing on Trump Rollback of Auto Pollution Standards

[Philadelphia, PA]  – More than 50 citizens, doctors, nurses, parents, local elected officials, and non-profit advocates gathered at City Hall today to have their voices heard about the Trump administration’s proposal to rollback critical federal fuel efficiency standards for cars and light trucks.

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New study shows pollution risk from school, transit buses

Pennsylvania currently has over 21,000 school buses and more than 3,000 transit buses throughout the Commonwealth. Yet a new report by the PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center and the Frontier Group determined that transitioning all of Pennsylvania’s 21,600 diesel school buses to electric would help the Commonwealth avoid over 155,000 tons of global warming pollution per year. This pollution reduction is equivalent to taking over 30,000 cars off the road.

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Facilities in PA rank second highest in nation for exceeding water pollution standards

[Pennsylvania]– Industrial facilities dumped excessive pollution into Pennsylvania’s waterways 633 times over 21 months, placing Pennsylvania second in the nation for violating their clean water permits, according to a new report by PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center.  The study also shows that facilities rarely faced penalties for this pollution.

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New Toxic Ten Polluters Drive Cancer, Asthma Risks

Pittsburgh, PA-- PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center’s newly updated interactive website identifies the Toxic Ten, the industrial facilities releasing the most hazardous toxins into the air. These facilities are responsible for a significant portion of air pollution problems in the region by releasing chemicals known to cause cancer, respiratory problems, neurological disease, and reproductive problems. The Pittsburgh region ranks in the top 2% for cancer caused from such facilities’ pollution in the nation.

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