Asthma Survey

South Philadelphia Asthma SurveyIn 2010, The Council worked Drexel School of Public Health masters students to gather asthma data in a community close to major sources of pollution, such as the interstate system and shipping ports along the Delaware River. Throughout the 19148 zip code in South Philadelphia the Council conducted an anonymous door-to-door survey of breathing difficulties, asthma diagnosis, asthma medication usage, and smoking history.

In 2011, the project will expand into a comparison study of air pollution and asthma rates across Pennsylvania, PA counties, and zip codes around Southeast Philadelphia.  This information will help guide public health and Clean Air Council decisions about where to focus programmatic efforts.

Read the 2010 Final Report.

Preview the first year Research Poster.

CAC_Asthma Surveillance Report.doc309 KB
CAC_Athma Surveillance Practicum Posterold.ppt1.61 MB
Royal Dutch Shell has proposed a new natural gas and chemical processing station in Monaca, PA, outside Pittsburgh. The proposed site is currently held by Horsehead Corporation which owns the inactive zinc smelting facility.  The proposed facility, known as a “cracker”, will separate natural gas and chemical feedstocks into different compounds used primarily in the manufacturing of plastics.  Increased hydraulic fracturing and natural gas collection has led to increased ethane available for “cracking”.