Environmental Justice

Allegheny County remains one of the worst in the country when it comes to protecting the air we breathe and the water we drink. Our risk factors for cancer, asthma, and more are off the charts. Pittsburgh’s recent lead crisis is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to our aging infrastructure, particularly in working-class communities.

Many of the communities of this district have borne the brunt of air and water pollution in Pennsylvania. A recent report estimated that 35% of the children of the Woodland Hills School District suffer from asthma - an unthinkable number in more privileged areas of our state.

Meanwhile, climate change poses a catastrophic threat, one our leaders have failed to address. As State Representative, I will be a tireless advocate and organizer for protecting our environment, and all of us who must live in it. I will advocate for:

A moratorium on frackingFracking poses unacceptable health risks, particularly to children and infants. I am deeply opposed to the proposed fracking site at the Edgar Thomson Steel Mill. 

Full state funding of lead water line replacement. It is unacceptable that our children are exposed to lead daily. We can and must guarantee clean water for all; the state is where the financial resources exist to make this happen.

No cracker plants in SWPAThe proposed ethane cracker in Beaver County poses dangerous risks to the entire region's air quality; 3-5 such plants in the region would be unthinkable. There are few better examples of the shortsightedness of our political leadership, and I will lead the charge in the Legislature against the cracker. 

Restoring the Department of Environmental Protection's funding to pre-Corbett levels. Our regulators do not have the resources needed to enforce pollution limits already on the books.

Transitioning to 100% renewable energy across Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania could lead the way on renewable energy; our solar sector is already outpacing the nation. Renewable energy is good for the environment and the economy