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  PHMC Doc Heritage: The Donora Smog Disaster   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Donora is located on the western bank of the Monongahela River in Washington County.
By 1908, the Donora station had the largest volume of freight in the "Mon Valley." Of course, these industries needed workers, and job-seekers flocked to the area, especially recently arrived immigrants.
A few years later, Pennsylvania established the Department of Environmental Resources, one of the prominent objectives of which was "to ensure future generations of Commonwealth residents a quality environment." This function is carried on today by the Department of Environmental Protection.
www.docheritage.state.pa.us /documents/donora.asp   (907 words)

  
 Pollution and Poverty   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
I was born and raised in Monongahela, Pennsylvania.
Donora is located on the western bank of the Monongahela River in Washington County, Pennsylvania.
The name, Donora, is a combination of Nora Mellon, wife of R.B. Mellon and of W.H. Donner, the purchasers of the land along the river on which their United Steel Company constructed a rod mill that later became the American Steel and Wire Works.
www.as.wvu.edu /~btatar/donora.html   (440 words)

  
 DONORA'S KILLER SMOG NOTED AT 50   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Donora is legendary in the annals of environmental history.
Donora also helped set the stage for the most ambitious federal environmental law, the Clean Air Act of 1970, which required states to meet and enforce new federal clean-air standards that limited emissions of sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide, particulate matter and other toxins.
The shutdown of the Donora Zinc Works in 1957, followed by the closure of the entire Steel and Wire Co. operation a decade later, was a devastating blow to the Donora economy.
www.dep.state.pa.us /dep/Rachel_Carson/killer_smog.htm   (1600 words)

  
 Donora, Pennsylvania - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Donora is a borough in Washington County, Pennsylvania, 20 miles (32 km) south of Pittsburgh on the Monongahela river.
Donora is a Rust Belt place which has lost most of its industrial capacity.
Donora is the birthplace of baseball stars Stan Musial, Ken Griffey, Sr.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Donora,_Pennsylvania   (684 words)

  
 'The death-dealing smog over Donora, Pennsylvania': Industrial air pollution, public health, and federal policy, ...
Outside of the Donora region, the episode symbolized the excesses of post-1945 economic growth which were already visible in southern California's eye-stinging haze.
Near Donora, smog explanations were shaped by controversy regarding the role of a zinc smelter in contributing to the disaster.
Donora's legacy became that of a freak of Nature, an instance where weather and topography concentrated air pollution to hazardous levels, rather than of a warning sign about the threat that industrial deterioration posed to working-class communities like Donora and Webster.
repository.upenn.edu /dissertations/AAI9521124   (395 words)

  
 Earth Island Institute: Earth Island Journal: Fall 98
The Donora incident, which killed 20 and left hundreds seriously injured and dying, was caused by fluoride emissions from the Donora Zinc Works and steel plants owned by the US Steel Corporation.
The “Donora Death Fog,” as it became known, spawned numerous angry lawsuits and the first calls for national legislation to protect the public from industrial air pollution.
In her 1994 doctoral dissertation (“The Death-Dealing Smog Over Donora, Pennsylvania: Industrial Air Pollution, Public Health Policy and the Politics of Expertise, 1948-1949”), Lynne Page Snyder of the University of Pennsylvania, described the response to the disaster.
www.earthisland.org /EIJOURNAL/fall98/fe_fall98donora.html   (1595 words)

  
 A Darkness in Donora   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
When I was growing up in western Pennsylvania, grime and dirty air were facts of life.
Before the evening ended, I was phoning every Donora official I could locate, and the rewrite man was beating out a story about a public health and environmental disaster.
She was a nurse at the American Steel and Wire Company, whose blast furnaces and zinc works stretched along the Monongahela and employed most of the town, and one of the 70- and 80-year-olds who shared recollections one sunshiny morning half a century later.
www.kidscastle.si.edu /issues/1999/november/phenom_nov99.php   (693 words)

  
 Cleaner air is legacy left by Donora's killer 1948 smog   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
To mark the 50th anniversary of the killer smog, Donora residents and local, state and federal officials held a service yesterday at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church in Donora to remember those who died and acknowledge how their sacrifice brought improvements to the air we now breathe.
Schempp, a longtime Donora fireman, and his wife, Gladys, were attending a party on the ridge about two miles from Donora that Saturday.
In 1995, Donora resident Justin Shawley, now 17, researched the Donora Smog and succeeded in having the state Historical and Museum Commission approve a historical marker that was placed at the Donora Public Library.
www.post-gazette.com /magazine/19981029smog1.asp   (1624 words)

  
 Donora Pennsylvania Resource Guide, City or community of Donora, Pennsylvania Historical Events and Facts, Information, ...
About 20 people died and more than half of Donora's population became ill. Major federal clean air legislation was a legacy of this disaster.
Paul Marvin McLaughlin and his twin sister Paula were born on October 13, 1948 in Donora, Pennsylvania, and were systematically abused, neglected and terrorized for more than eighteen years.
This includes all people in or out of Donora and could involve any interested adults or children with events or items that are of interest.
www.usacitiesonline.com /pacountydonorahev.htm   (910 words)

  
 Donora, Pennsylvania PA, borough profile (Washington County) - hotels, festivals, genealogy, newspapers - ePodunk
Donora is a borough in Washington County, in the Pittsburgh metro area.
At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Donora was $17,893, compared with $21,587 nationally.
Median rent in Donora, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $287.
www.epodunk.com /cgi-bin/genInfo.php?locIndex=13843   (460 words)

  
 The Donora Fluoride Fog   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The editor told Sadtler that the head of the Alcoa and the US Steel-funded Mellon Institute, Dr. [first name] Weidline (who also had served as a director of the American Chemical Society) "went to Washington and told [the magazine's editors] that they were not to publish any more of what I wrote," Sadtler said.
But despite her numerous requests for the Donora records, Snyder recalls, US Steel officials finally informed her that they didn't "have anything for me." Equally frustrating to Snyder was the missing PHS records.
The lessons learned at Donora resulted in the passage of the 1955 Clean Air Act America's worst air pollution disaster may have been caused by fluoride emissions: 50 years later, vital records are still missing.
www.fluoridation.com /donora.htm   (2004 words)

  
 Liz
A 31 year old Donora man is dead and his family and friends are still in shock as to what happened when a single bullet from a.22 caliber pistol took his life.
Donora Police and the Washington County Coroner's Office are still investigating to learn what really happened.
McLaughlin, who was known throughout the Mon Valley area for his work in the Donora Boy's Brigade and who served years as a major in the United Boy's Brigade of America, died about 40 minutes after the initial call for help came.
www.efn.org /~scan/liz.html   (826 words)

  
 Asturian-American Migration Forum :: View topic - 1948 Donora, PA, smog disaster / Catástrofe en Donora, 1948
I was born in Donora and lived at the "zinc works end" (12th street) of town.
Donora was the first mill to go and it was a Domino effect from then on.
Well, growing up in Donora, I didn't feel any outright "tension" between the different ethnic groups, it was only after I left Donora and was older that I realized that there was a subtle difference in the way we were perceived and treated.
www.asturianus.org /forum/viewtopic.php?p=6911   (1917 words)

  
 Donora Profile | Donora PA   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Donora, PA, population 5,653, is located in Pennsylvania's Washington county, about 19.9 miles from Pittsburgh and 107.5 miles from Akron.
Through the 90's Donora's population has declined by about 5%.
It is estimated that in recent years Donora's population has been declining at an annual rate of 1.0 percent.
www.idcide.com /citydata/pa/donora.htm   (49 words)

  
 Paul's Story
Donora is about 45 minutes drive from southeast of Pittsburgh.
Donora was a steel town, like most of the small communities tucked into the valley along Pennsylvania's Monongahela River.
It was in Donora, that Paul and Paula's life began.
www.efn.org /~scan/paulstry.html   (1927 words)

  
 Donora: 50 Years After   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Between Oct. 26 and 31, 1948, 20 people were asphyxiated and over 7,000 were hospitalized or became ill as the result of severe air pollution over Donora, Washington County, the Monongahela River town of 14,000.
The investigation of this incident by state and federal health officials resulted in the first meaningful federal and state laws to control air pollution and marked the beginning of modern efforts to assess and deal with the health threats from air pollution.
Cleaner Air is Legacy Left By Donora's Killer 1948 Smog
www.dep.state.pa.us /dep/Rachel_Carson/donora.htm   (122 words)

  
 Pittsburgh World Firsts: By Event, Pennsylvania Department, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Bell is a Pittsburgh native from the Hill District.
Donora, Pennsylvania, was the first recorded air pollution disaster in the United States.
The first church service broadcast in the world originated in the Calvary Protestant Episcopal Church (315 Shady Avenue, Pittsburgh) and was transmitted through the facilities of KDKA Radio.
www.carnegielibrary.org /locations/pennsylvania/history/pghsts3.html   (1432 words)

  
 Grant Furlong - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
He taught school at Roscoe, PA, in 1904 and 1905, and practiced medicine in Donora, Pennsylvania, from 1910 to 1968.
He served as a burgess of Donora from 1922 to 1926 and again in 1941 and 1942.
He resumed the practice of medicine, and was elected sheriff of Washington County, Pennsylvania, serving from 1945 to 1961.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Grant_Furlong   (218 words)

  
 NOW with Bill Moyers. Science & Health. Deadly Smog - Overview | PBS   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
It was over fifty years ago that a deadly smog enveloped the small town, and gave birth to the modern movement to protect the environment.
In late October 1948 the Monongahela River Valley town of Donora, Pennsylvania was subsumed in a noxious smog.
The investigation into Donora Smog Disaster was essential to the first federal clean-air act, passed in 1955.
www.pbs.org /now/science/smog.html   (1158 words)

  
 IGEMS: Donora Disaster
A look at an ecological disaster - On a late October night, in 1948, in the small town of Donora, Pennsylvania, disaster struck.
Zoom in and out on the map until you can locate the position of Donora in Pennsylvania.
Where is the residential area of Donora located relative to the river and the mountains?
www.k12science.org /curriculum/downwind/donora.html   (383 words)

  
 Untitled Document   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
United States Attorney Mary Beth Buchanan announced today, March 7, 2006, that Albert Ralstin and William Ralstin of Donora, Pennsylvania, have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of violating federal drug laws.
According to the indictment presented to the court, from in and around January 2002 and continuing thereafter to August 26, 2005, Albert and William Ralstin conspired to manufacture and did manufacture 500 grams or more of methamphetamine and endangered human life while illegally manufacturing methamphetamine.
A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
www.usdoj.gov /usao/paw/pr/2006_march/2006_03_07_2.html   (215 words)

  
 petercastner - pafg02.htm - Generated by Personal Ancestral File   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Michael CASTNER was born on 26 Jun 1813 in Donora, Washington, Pennsylvania.
Jemima Teeple was born on 26 Oct 1790 in Teeple Farm, Horseshoe, Carroll Township, Washington County, Pennsylvania.
Delilah Figley was born on 7 Dec 1808 in Pennsylvania.
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 Donora Pennsylvania Real Estate - Homes for Sale in Donora PA
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 Donora writer faces obscenity trial - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Eight other children suffered in fictitious stories penned by Karen Fletcher, 54, of Donora, Washington County, who faces rare federal charges of transporting obscene matters over the Internet.
He was convicted in state courts in Pennsylvania and New York for selling James Joyce's "Ulysses" as well as "Blank and Madonna" by Boccaccio and "Anecdota Americana."
"I do not believe the citizens of Western Pennsylvania would find that this conduct is not obscene," she said.
www.pittsburghlive.com /x/pittsburghtrib/news/mostread/s_476139.html   (842 words)

  
 Batter's Box Interactive Magazine - Donora and Other West Penn Pals
Pennsylvania's rural Washington county, near the Ohio border, can put together a very thin but overall solid team.
Washington County boasts the largest number of covered bridges of any county in the U.S., and two (soon to be three) Hall of Fame ballplayers.
Donora, Pennsylvania, has one other claim to fame, or in this case infamy: in 1948, an outbreak of smog became virulent enough to kill 20 people and make over 7,000 ill.
www.battersbox.ca /article.php?story=20060112210548227   (661 words)

  
 Donora, PA Houses, Apartments, Cars, Mortgage Status, and Residents Info
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Median gross rent in Donora, PA in 2000: $351
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 Donora News
Local news for Donora, PA continually updated from thousands of sources on the web.
A mining company sued state environmental regulators, claiming that the business was singled out for unequal regulatory enforcement that cost 500 direct jobs and thousands of indirect jobs in southwestern...
A car careened off of Interstate 79 in Washington County on Thursday, slamming into a guardrail and sliding down the side of a hill before it landed on its roof, authorities said.
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