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Presentation to Port Vue Borough Council Wednesday, May 3 to address Excessive Benzene Emissions.

Wednesday, May 3 at 6:00 pm, two local clean air advocates will present the results of their air monitoring taken at the homes of Clairton and Glassport residents to members of the Port Vue Borough Council. Port Vue Borough Council meets in the Borough Building, 1191 Romaine Avenue, McKeesport, PA 15133.

When I first published this post, I mistakenly listed the Council meeting date as May 2.

Lisa Marcucci is a spokesperson for the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP). EIP began taking air monitoring samples in December, 2021. Ana Hoffman of Carnegie Mellon University's Create Lab, will present the results of the air monitoring samples.

Excessive benzene levels at several local locations have been detected repeatedly.

EIP sent letters to Environmental Protection Agency Region 3 Regional Administrator Adam Ortiz in both December, 2022 and February, 2023. Both letters requested EPA take action at the US Steel's Clairton Coke Works (CCW) to include:

  1. "immediately inspecting, investigating, and enforcing all necessary relief to end potential violations from sources emitting benzene and other toxic emissions;

  2. requiring U.S. Steel to install and operate a fenceline monitoring system for benzene and other toxic air emissions; and

  3. exercising permitting oversight and authority over U.S. Steel Clean Air Act permits."

Marcucci and Kauffman have made similar presentations to local councils in both Jefferson Hills and Glassport recently. Both councils have been asked to send letters supporting the EIP requests to US Senator Bob Casey. It is hoped Senator Casey would take action urging Mr.Ortiz to intercede at CCW in line with EIP's three requests.

This meeting with Port Vue Borough Council was requested by Valley Clean Air Now Steering Committee Member Dave Meckel. If you live in a Mon Valley community where you think this same Benzene presentation should be delivered, please contact Tom Bailey at

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