PPG Industries, Inc., Springdale Complex

PPG Industries, Inc., in Springdale, a paint manufacturing plant, is the tenth-most-toxic air polluter in Allegheny County. Approximately 33,000 people live within three miles of this facility. In 2016, the company paid $59,000 to settle alleged violations of hazardous waste regulations, according to the EPA.

The facility is a major source of volatile organic compounds emissions. In 2019 it was the second-highest emitter of naphthalene to the air in the county and the highest emitter of ethylbenzene, two chemicals that affect the nervous system and are cancer-causing. Naphthalene and ten other chemicals emitted from this facility also affect the respiratory system, which can be particularly damaging for children. There are 2 schools, including an elementary school, within 2 miles of the facility.

Health EffectsChemicals
CancerChromium Compounds, Cobalt Compounds, Cumene, Ethylbenzene, Methyl Isobutyl Ketone, Naphthalene, Nickel Compounds, Styrene
Cardiovascular SystemAntimony Compounds, Cobalt Compounds
Nervous SystemEthylbenzene, Naphthalene, N-Butyl Alcohol, Styrene, Toluene, Xylene (Mixed Isomers)
Respiratory SystemAntimony Compounds, Chromium Compounds, Cobalt Compounds, Copper Compounds, Methyl Methacrylate, Naphthalene, Nickel Compounds, Styrene, Toluene, Xylene (Mixed Isomers), Zinc Compounds
DevelopmentalChromium Compounds, Cobalt Compounds, Ethylbenzene, Methyl Isobutyl Ketone, Xylene (Mixed Isomers)
ReproductiveChromium Compounds, Methyl Isobutyl Ketone, Zinc Compounds

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