Over 147,000 people live within three miles of the foundry, which is the third largest stationary source in Allegheny County for benzene and manganese, chemicals linked to cancer and neurological disorders.
Earlier this year ACHD proposed an operating permit for McConway & Torley that would reduce their harmful emissions, a much needed step to ensure our communities are healthy and vibrant.
Right now, cities across the country do not have the proper resources or training to deal with emergencies related to an oil train derailment. In response, FEMA has stepped in to conduct worst case scenario drills in places like Jersey City, NJ and La Crosse, WI. The Jersey City drill revealed 87 people would be killed instantly and residents would sustain injuries up to three quarters of a mile away!
The water the gas industry already uses for fracking is a toxic cocktail laced with chemicals. Despite this, Pennsylvania is actually considering legislation that would make fracking even more dangerous and less regulated.
SB 875 encourages the use of acid mine drainage (AMD) for fracking operations. AMD is polluted water that flows out of abandoned coal mines. More than 4,000 miles of streams in PA are already polluted by AMD. To make matters worse, very little research is available on how coal mine water reacts with chemicals used in fracking. What information there is exposes several problems that can result from the use of mine water. AMD for fracking is a bad idea. Help us stop this bill today!
Unfortunately, the bill passed the House and is now going to the Senate. Please email your state senator and the governor today and tell them to oppose this dangerous legislation.