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GASP's fight right

| Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Regarding the news story “Environmental group poised to sue plant operator over Neville Island air pollution” : Pittsburgh has become a global city, famously livable, even “the new Portland,” except for one problem — our air quality.

With all the focus lately on LEED-certified buildings, rails to trails, and job creation, why can't we address this major problem — one that deters businesses looking to relocate that care about employee health?

Why aren't more citizens outraged at the ongoing transgressions of the Shenango Coke Works, located just 5 miles from Point State Park and across the river from Bellevue, Ben Avon, Avalon and Emsworth?

I have been a resident of Bellevue for the past 13 years and the air quality problem hit home when my then-young son developed asthma. That's when I learned I had relocated to a community with one of the highest asthma rates in the state.

I applaud GASP for taking legal action and demanding that the coke works address compliance deficiencies. Significant structural repairs and process improvements are the only way to stop the pollution.

If we do not force obvious contributors to our poor air quality to address the source of their emissions, we not only impede our own business-sector growth but we will all continue to suffer the health consequences and resulting productivity loss.

Angela Garcia

Bellevue

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