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Dismantling of the Chester-Upland Public School System “where segregation is admittedly a fact but not a policy.”

MUST READ!!! A for-profit charter school is trying to privatize the whole system after gutting the district financially over the years. Chester’s education and health are not for sale! This is too much for one city to bear. Quotes from article: “If there was not money in this,” one advocate told me, “none of these carpetbaggers would be here. There’s […]

“United Shades of America” docuseries sheds light on lead pollution and Covanta incinerator

Check out the “Toxic America” episode of CNN’s docuseries “United Shades of America” hosted by Kamau Bell. The final episode of Season 4 aired in 2019 examines the effects of industrial waste pollution in Chester, Delaware County, and lead poisoning in neighboring Philadelphia. Featuring our own Zulene Mayfield. https://www.phillyvoice.com/cnn-united-shades-america-lead-poisoning-pollution-philly-chester-kamau-bell/ https://www.cnn.com/shows/united-shades-of-america

Chester plant slapped with $750K fine for years of air quality violations- July 30, 2019

Source: https://www.inquirer.com/health/chester-pq-corporation-pollution-dep-fine-20190730.html The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has fined PQ Corp., a global manufacturer of materials and chemicals, $750,000 for air quality and other violations at a large Chester facility it operates. PQ, based in Malvern, owns a 173,000-square-foot plant on West Front Street, where the DEP says emissions exceeded allowances for nitrogen oxides and carbon monoxide at various […]

Moment of reckoning: US cities burn recyclables after China bans imports- Feb. 21, 2019

Source: https://www.inquirer.com/health/chester-pq-corporation-pollution-dep-fine-20190730.html The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has fined PQ Corp., a global manufacturer of materials and chemicals, $750,000 for air quality and other violations at a large Chester facility it operates. PQ, based in Malvern, owns a 173,000-square-foot plant on West Front Street, where the DEP says emissions exceeded allowances for nitrogen oxides and carbon monoxide at various times […]

Why Philly’s trash is Chester’s air pollution – WHYY

whyy.org/episodes/phillys-trash-is-chesters-pollution/ Check out this recording of The Why feature aired by WHYY on June 17, 2019. About one-third of Philadelphia’s garbage goes to a facility in Chester, Pa. where the waste is burned and converted into energy. But that incinerator also pollutes the air Chester residents breathe and researchers say it’s one of the dirtiest in the U.S. Catalina Jaramillo, […]

75% of largest U.S. incinerators located in marginalized communities

The trash incineration industry in the U.S., as a whole, does not have a disproportionate impact by economic class, but has a strong environmental racism trend. While 67% of the nation’s 68 remaining trash incinerators are located in majority white communities, the industry has a strong and disproportionate impact on people of color because the largest and dirtiest are located […]

Wade Dump Fire: A Tale of Caution

Earlier this week I reached out to Phil Heron, editor of the Delaware County Daily Times, and asked if they were going to recognize the 40th anniversary of the so called Wade Dump fire. He said he had it on his calendar but with their ever dwindling number of reporters being reduced by yet another one recently, he couldn’t guarantee […]

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