Pressure Chemical Company is the eighth-most toxic active air polluter in Allegheny County (originally tenth-most toxic, this facility moved up the list with the closure of the Koppers Inc. Clairton Tar Plant in late 2016). There are 167,600 residents within three miles of this chemical manufacturer, which is located in Lawrenceville, one of the most densely populated neighborhoods in Pittsburgh.
This facility is the only one that reported emitting chloroform in Allegheny County in 2016. While Pressure Chemical Company has been releasing toxic pollution into the air since at least 1987, it only started reporting releases of chloroform in 2014. Air exposure to chloroform can impact the renal system, liver and skin. The Clean Air Act permit for the plant was last issued in 2015 and is valid through 2020.
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