Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Emissions Dangers

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Emissions Dangers

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As a public health researcher, I would like to echo Terrie Baumgardner's concerns about Shell's ethane cracker plant and its impact on those living in the region ("Your Health vs. Cracker Plant Jobs," April 6). Ms. Baumgardnerrightly points to several dangerous pollutants that will be released - benzene, toluene, formaldehyde and fine particulate matter, to name a few. The effects of just these four can range from headaches to asthma attacks to cancer.

The debate over whether emissions are associated with compromised health should be closed. The current conversation should be what are the health effects, who are the most vulnerable and how can residents be protected.

Researchers at institutions such as Yale University, Johns Hopkins University and the University of Pittsburgh have documented an array of symptoms associated with proximity to, or density of, natural gas production and transport. …

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