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Elected Officials for Clean Air letter

Elected Officials for Clean Air

Allegheny County is a great place to live--but air pollution is threatening residents' health.
Released by: PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center

Allegheny County is a great place to live―but air pollution is threatening residents' health.

Sadly, our region has some of the worst air in the country. Allegheny County is in the worst 2% of the U.S. for cancer risk from air pollution and kids in some area schools suffer from asthma more than twice as often as state and national averages.

Much of the problem comes from just a small handful of industrial polluters―the #ToxicTen, including the Cheswick Power Plant and Clairton Coke Works. These ten facilities alone release nearly one million pounds of air pollution per year.

For too long, industrial polluters like the #ToxicTen have pumped out dangerous levels of toxic chemicals, violated our cornerstone clean air safeguards and laws, and fought attempts by regulators and elected officials to hold them accountable for their pollution. Pittsburghers deserve better.

We know we can fix this problem by setting strict, health-based emissions limits on polluters; making sure they face meaningful penalties if and when they break the law; and ensuring our region has strong clean air champions who fight for residents.

We, the undersigned local elected officials from across Allegheny County, are committing to make Allegheny County a great place to live and breathe.

Pittsburgh is a beautiful place to live, work, and raise a family― but not if the air will make us sick.

Signed,

State Senators
Lindsey Williams, SD 38
Wayne Fontana, SD 42
Jay Costa, SD 43

State Representatives
Jake Wheatley, HD 19
Adam Ravenstahl, HD 20
Sara Innamorato, HD 21
Dan Frankel, HD 23
Ed Gainey, HD 24
Dan Deasy, HD 27
Anthony DeLuca, HD 32
Summer Lee, HD 34
Austin Davis, HD 35
Harry Readshaw, HD 36
Dan Miller, HD 42

Mayors
William Peduto, Pittsburgh
Chardae Jones, Braddock
Paul Gamrat, Churchill
Jason Walsh, Dormont
Louis Payne, East Pittsburgh
AmySue Lillie, Emsworth
Frank Porco, Jr., Forest Hills
Kenneth LaSota, Heidelberg
Matthew Rudzki, Sharpsburg
Marita Garrett, Wilkinsburg
Nickole Nesby, Duquesne
Emily Marburger, Bellevue

Allegheny County
Chelsa Wagner, County Controller
Anita Prizio, Council Member
Patrick Catena, Council Member
Paul Klein, Council Member

Pittsburgh City Council
Bruce A. Kraus, President, District 3
Darlene Harris, District 1
Theresa Kail-Smith, District 2
Anthony Coghill, District 4
Corey O'Connor, District 5
Daniel Lavelle, District 6
Deb Gross, District 7
Erika Strassburger, District 8

Municipal Representatives
Tina Doose, President (Braddock)
Chad Hoover, President (Chalfant)
Kate Abel, President (Dormont)
Mike Tobias, President (Pitcairn)
Brittany Reno, President (Sharpsburg)
Sylvia J. Martinelli, President (Wilkins)
Patricia DeMarco (Forest Hills)
Karen E. Pastor, Vice President (Sharpsburg)
Christopher Abell (Bell Acres)
Tom Kosmala (Bradford Woods)
Robert Pasquantonio (Brentwood)
Joanna Bouldin (Dormont)
Jennifer Mazzocco (Dormont)
John Maggio (Dormont)
Stacey Simon (East Pittsburgh)
Mary Carol Kennedy (East Pittsburgh)
Charles Dizard (Harrison)
Rev. Louise Benton (Homestead)
Brian Wolovich (Millvale)
Christine Allen (Sewickley)
Matthew Brudnok (Sharpsburg)
Jonathan Jaso (Sharpsburg)
Joe Simbari (Sharpsburg)
Erika Josefoski (Tarentum)
Michael Boyd (Wilkins)