ACCAN Camera Blog

July 2, 2020

By Angelo Taranto

7:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

As I observed on the camera video, the shredder at Metalico was operating and emitting heavy emissions all morning and into the afternoon at least from 7:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

July 1, 2020

By Angelo Taranto

8:53 - 9:31 a.m.

-Metalico Recycling, Neville Island

I observed Metalico in person from the Emsworth side of the river and e-mailed a complaint to the Health Department.  The shredder was running during most of the time I was there, generating significant emissions.  There was a discernible odor and I could taste the emissions from Metalico even though I was wearing a mask..

June 29, 2020

By Angelo Taranto

-10:27am—ongoing

-Metalico Recycling, Neville Island

Emsworth resident e-mailed a complaint to the Health Department reporting that, in addition to what was reported in the earlier complaint today, Metalico has been loading barges and every 30 seconds it sounds like a car falling on their house. This has been consistent for the past 2 hours.

As they are flinging material into the barge, they are consistently dumping pieces of it into the Ohio River.

They could see the splash of metal hitting the water. They could  also see pieces floating on top of the water.

They were also creating enormous dust clouds that were wafting across the river into their neighborhood.

June 29, 2020

By Angelo Taranto

-8:47am—continuous

-Metalico Recycling, Neville Island

Emsworth resident e-mailed a complaint to the Health Department reporting really heavy and thick odor of melted plastic/hot metal that started soon after the shredder began operating.

-Periods of heavy emissions coming from the shredder as well. There’s also a lot of smoke hanging in the air directly above the open building.

-Smell is so bad it’s making it difficult to work in their yard. (Burning throat, headache).

June 25, 2020

By Angelo Taranto

9:05 - 9:52 a.m.

-Metalico Recycling, Neville Island

I observed Metalico in person from the Emsworth side of the river and phoned in a complaint to the Health Department at about 9:20 a.m.  The shredder was running all morning, including during the time I was there, generating heavy emissions.  There was a discernible odor and my mouth and throat were irritated from the emissions coming from Metalico.

During that same period, Metalico was loading scrap metal onto a barge on the upriver side of the open building.  This process kicked up a significant amount of dust and made a huge amount of noise.

Also this morning, an Emsworth resident e-mailed a complaint to the Health Department reporting that from 10:00 a.m. on they were subjected to a heavy odor of burnt plastic/metal coming from the shredder as well as thick, opaque emissions.  Metalico was also dropping heavy scrap into a barge and the noise level was deafening. Every 30 seconds it sounds like a car is being dropped from a 3-story building into a metal dumpster right next to their house. This was going on consistently for over two hours.  They said that it’s outrageous that this business is allowed to operate like this right next to a residential neighborhood. It’s literally like hearing 2 cars crashing at high speeds.

June 17, 2020

By Angelo Taranto

8:47 - 9:23 a.m.

-Metalico Recycling, Neville Island

While I was observing Metalico in-person from the Emsworth side of the river, they were moving around "fluff" and loading it onto a barge.  A front loader was taking the fluff from a large pile and transferring it to a smaller pile closer to the river.  A crane was then picking up the fluff and dumping it into the barge.  As you can see, they were wetting down part of the large pile with a thin stream of water. They were not wetting down the small pile at all.

Despite the wetting that they were doing on the large pile, dust was becoming airborne particularly when the front loader dumped its load onto the small pile and when the crane picked up and dumped a load into the barge.

While standing for about 35 minutes on the Emsworth side of the river, my mouth and throat became irritated from the airborne dust from these activities.  I phoned a complaint about all of these activities into the Health Department.

June 12, 2020

By Angelo Taranto

8:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.

As observed on the camera, the shredder was operating and emitting heavy emissions for most of the day.

June 4, 2020

By Angelo Taranto

-10:55am—Ongoing

-Metalico Recycling, Neville Island

Emsworth resident e-mailed a complaint to the Health Department reporting a heavy odor of burnt plastic/metals and opaque emissions coming from the shredder. The odor was strong enough to permeate the inside of their house and made it impossible to be outside. It caused a headache, burning throat, heavy chest.

May 28, 2020

-2pm—Ongoing

-Metalico Recycling, Neville Island

Emsworth resident e-mailed a second complaint on May 28th to the Health Department reporting that the odor from the shredder has grown so thick that they can actually taste it in their mouth and the back of their throat is burning. They have to work outside today and the odor has caused them to use their inhaler twice so far which is 2 times more than they have had to use in the past 3 months.

-There are heavy emissions coming from the shredder and the wind is blowing clouds of it directly across the river.

May 28, 2020

-11:05am—Ongoing

-Metalico Recycling, Neville Island

Emsworth resident e-mailed a complaint to the Health Department reporting that Metalico had been operating the shredder for the past 2 hours but it wasn’t until 11:05am that they noticed the smell. Really heavy/thick odor of burning plastic/metal. They weren’t even outside to smell it; it came through their kitchen window. The winds were extremely high and it was blowing the odor throughout their house. There were also periods of heavy visible emissions coming from the shredder as well.

May 13, 2020

By Angelo Taranto

-2:17pm—Ongoing

-Metalico Recycling, Neville Island

Emsworth resident e-mailed a complaint to the Health Department reporting that Metalico was loading a barge with the material from the  “fluff“ piles and it was creating enormous dust clouds that were crossing the river into their neighborhood. It smelled like moldy, burnt plastic.  The dust is so thick and widely dispersed that it’s falling into the Ohio River and leaving a very visible coating of pollution on top of the water around the barge and near the shoreline.  This activity went on for hours.

The “fluff pile is compiled of shredded, non-Metalic material from car interiors and whatever else they are cutting up at the time.  This is extremely disturbing and outrageous.

May 7, 2020

By Angelo Taranto

1:00 pm

Metalico Recycling, Neville Island


Emsworth resident e-mailed a complaint to the Health Department reporting a heavy odor of burnt plastic/metals and opaque emissions coming from the shredder. Odor is causing wheezing, headache and has forced them and their neighbors indoors.

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May 5, 2020

By Angelo Taranto

1:00 p.m. and ongoing

-Metalico Recycling, Neville Island

Emsworth resident e-mailed a complaint to the Health Department reporting that Metalico has been moving and cutting up large construction dumpsters. They were literally picking them up with the loader vehicle and banging them on the ground to break them up. They’ve been doing this most days for the past few weeks but on this day the noise was extremely jarring and the vibrations of the dumpster hitting the ground shook their house and rattling their windows. This was going on consistently for over an hour.

They were also creating huge clouds of dust as they smashed and cut the dumpster which wafted over the river into their home.

April 29, 2020

By Angelo Taranto

1:00 pm

-Metalico Recycling, Neville Island

Emsworth resident e-mailed a complaint to the Health Department reporting an extremely strong odor of burning plastic/metal coming from the shredder at Metalico.

-Some observations they made over the past few weeks while in quarantine:

1. The heavy odor is strongest the first few hours the shredder starts to operate. There is still a consistent smell all day but it’s heaviest at the start.

2. There is an odor every time one of their front loaders and “claw machines move, dig, and load onto barges the pile of fluff. This odor is the same as the burnt plastics/materials odor but with a stale or damp smell to it.

3. The fluff pile creates huge clouds of dust when it’s disturbed.

4. Pieces from the fluff pile and the dust fall into the river when they are loading the barges. It’s too small to see on the camera but they can see the ripples in the water and a cloudy film on top of the water.  They’ve sent this information to Steve Hepler at DEP but have heard no response.

March 31, 2020

By Angelo Taranto

Emsworth resident phoned in a complaint to DEP (7:20am to 7:25am on the camera).  They witnessed a green excavator moving portions of the “fluff pile. “Fluff debris continuously fell into the river as the excavator worked. Ripples could be seen as the debris hits the water.

March 26, 2020

By Angelo Taranto

-2:30pm

-Metalico Recycling, Neville Island

Emsworth resident e-mailed a complaint to the Health Department about the heavy odor of burnt plastic/metals and opaque emissions coming from the shredder. The odor and smog varied in intensity since 8am in the morning, but it was really pungent at this time. Odor is causing wheezing, headache and has forced them and their neighbors indoors.

March 10, 2020

By Angelo Taranto

- 9am—Ongoing

-Metalico Recycling, Neville Island

Emsworth resident e-mailed a complaint to the Health Department.  The shredder was operating generating continuous emissions with varying degrees of opacity. The wind is heavily carrying the smoke across the river.

There is an extremely strong odor of burning plastic/rubber/metal.  The odor is bad enough where they can’t be outside.

March 9, 2020

By Angelo Taranto

-2:31pm

-Metalico Recycling, Neville Island

Emsworth resident e-mailed a complaint to the Health Department.   The shredder was operating and emitting opaque smoke and there was a heavy odor of burnt plastic/metal/rubber in the air.

March 2, 2020

By Angelo Taranto

7:30 am-ONGOING

-Metalico Recycling, Neville Island

Emsworth resident e-mailed a complaint to the Health Department reporting heavy and thick smoke coming from the shredder. The emissions have been consistently thick.  The wind is blowing it towards Emsworth.

-Strong odor of burnt plastic/burnt metal

-Noise level from dumping metal is extremely high.

Resident e-mailed a second complaint to the Health Department at 8:00 a.m., because of the heavy odor of burnt plastics. The odor was constant for the past 1 1/2 hours and had steadily gotten heavier with the wind blowing it directly across the river into Emsworth.

-ResidentI was trying to work on their car but it was difficult to be outside and breathe the odor for more than a minute; causing a headache and their asthma to flare up. Their throat was burning and it left a weird taste in their mouth.

February 24, 2020

By Angelo Taranto

-7:50pm—ongoing

-Neville Island near Metalico

Emsworth resident e-mailed a complaint to the Health Department about a very strong odor that they had never smelled before; chemical-paint remover-plastics sort of smell that stays in your nose. It’s literally left a bad taste in their mouth. There was also a weird mechanical noise, (sort of like a pressure washer motor), coming from one of the businesses near Metalico.  It was really bad.

(Since this was at night, it was not possible to capture anything on video.)

February 21, 2020

By Angelo Taranto

-8:30am / 11:19 am -ongoing

Emsworth resident sent in a complaint to the Health Department about heavy, opaque, cream-colored smoke coming from the Metalico’s shredder and heavy odor of burning/hot plastic coming from Metalico. The opaque emissions have been consistent all morning.

February 17, 2020

By Angelo Taranto

9:00 a.m. and ongoing


Emsworth resident e-mailed a complaint to the Health Department reporting a very heavy and thick odor of burning/hot plastic and other burnt odors coming from the shredder at Metalico.  The fog has been keeping the smog low and it’s consistently smelled for hours, enough to cause their throat to burn after a few minutes of exposure. They also reported that the noise level is ridiculous today.

January 15, 2020

By Angelo Taranto

10:10am

Emsworth resident e-mailed a complaint that there was a strong chemical odor, similar to turpentine, that was thick in the air of Emsworth. The air was clear earlier in the morning, but there was now a thick layer of smog hanging over the industrial area of Neville Island near Metalico (see second video below).  Metalico seems to have been contributing to this smog with heavy emissions from the shredder which was running from about 7:20 - 10:00 a.m. (see first video below).

 

January 14, 2020

By Angelo Taranto

-1:08pm explosion at Metalico Recycling on Neville Island

One Emsworth resident e-mailed a complaint and two other Emsworth residents called in complaints about a big explosion at the shredder at Metalico Recycling on Neville Island. There were visible flames and black smoke.

January 13, 2020

By Angelo Taranto

11:56 am explosion

Emsworth resident e-mailed a complaint to the Health Department reporting a large and jarring explosion at the shredder at Metalico Recycling on Neville Island.  The explosion was accompanied by thick, opaque smoke and the odor of burnt materials.

December 29, 2019

By William Doran

Emsworth e-mailed a complaint to the Health Department reporting:

-5:40pm-ongoing

-Metalico Recycling, Neville Island

"Thick, overwhelming chemical odor similar to turpentine. It’s bad enough that my throat started burning within minutes of breathing the air and is causing my asthma to flare up."

December 18, 2019

By William Doran

7:25 am - 3:10 pm

Debris yard becomes active starting at 4:00 am as the lights come on. Continuous shredder emissions through the day up to 3:10 pm.

December 17, 2019

By William Doran

8:00 am - 3:30 pm

Major emissions from shredder starting at 8:00 am and are continuous through the entire day up to 3:30 pm. Dust clouds from piles and vehilles seen from approx. 8:00 am - 3:00 pm.

December 13, 2019

By William Doran

Emsworth resident e-mailed a complaint to the Health Department reporting:

-8:40am—ongoing

-Metalico Recycling, Neville Island

-Very thick odor of stale, burnt plastic. (Almost as if you were smelling an ash pile after it was done burning.)

-A lot of dust being thrown around into the air and river when the blue grabber is flinging the material into the barge.

-They’ve  also been operating around 2-3am for the past two nights waking me and my family out of deep sleep. A lot of metal banging and dumping noises.

After watching the video, can confirm that there is vehicle movement in yard starting at approx. 1:08 am. A lot of dust kicked up as vehicles come and go.

 

Cranes seen starting at 5:11 am and the left yard is active from 6:15 am to 3:00 PM. Dust clouds from dumping and vehicle movement throughout this time.

At 7:20 am, there seems to be a burn barrel that is left unattended and spills out of the barrel at 7:28 am. Flames are extinguished at approximately 7:43 am. Smoke emissions are continuous during this time.

Dust clouds seen around barge area starting at 7:59 am. Crane seen dumping from pile into barge and emitting dust clouds into river starting at 8:11 am to 10:06 am.

Smoke emissions from machinery/shredder area from 10:22 am to approximately 2:30 pm.

December 9, 2019

By William Doran

7:14 am - 4:40 pm

Multiple sources of thick opaque emissions. Primary emissions seen from the shredder with two secondary emissions near the shredder. Primary opaque emissions cease at approximately 8:40 am then return from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Secondary emissions can still be detected until the rain dampers visibility at 4:40 pm.

 

December 5, 2019

By William Doran

7:30 am - 3:00 pm

Continuous thick, opaque emissions from the shredder through the entire morning and into the afternoon.

December 4, 2019

By William Doran

9:40am—ongoing

Emsworth e-mailed a complaint to the Health Department reporting:

“Strong smoky-industrial odor of burnt plastic and burnt materials. There’s a lot of smoke coming from the shredder but the snow flurries are making a photo difficult.

November 26, 2019

By Angelo Taranto

-8:43am—ongoing

Emsworth resident e-mailed a complaint to the Health Department reporting an incredibly strong odor of burning plastic and burnt metal in the air. It’s so bad that their throat started burning after just a few minutes . It was hard to breathe while standing outside. There were also a lot of emissions coming from the shredder at Metalico.

November 25, 2019 - Second Complaint

By Angelo Taranto

-2:35pm

Emsworth e-mailed a complaint to the Health Department reporting:

- Very thick, acrid  odor of burnt plastic/rubber in the air.

-Visible emissions coming from the shredder causing a soupy haze to hover over that area of the island.

-The moving/dropping of large pieces of metal, the noise and echo of which was extremely jarring. It could be heard and felt throughout their house. It was ongoing for over an hour.

November 25, 2019

By Angelo Taranto

7:57am

Emsworth resident e-mailed a complaint to the Health Department reporting a medium-sized explosion and a lot of opaque smoke coming from the shredder.

November 15, 2019

By Angelo Taranto

- 2:40pm

Emsworth e-mailed a complaint to the Health Department reporting  that there were visible emissions coming from Metalico’s shredder. The whole area of the island around Metalico was covered in a thick haze.  There was an odor of industrial burnt materials that varies in strength at different times.

November 11, 2019

By Angelo Taranto

-3:55pm-ongoing

Emsworth resident e-mailed a complaint to the Health Department reporting that they had been outside raking leaves since 3pm and did not notice any smoke from Metalico nor did they smell anything until 3:55pm. At 3:55pm, there was a thick and heavy odor of burning plastic/metal, so strong that they could smell it all the way out by rt. 65. The smell persisted for a long time. There was also smoke coming out of the building with no wall (the Bay 3 building). There was a plume of smoke coming out of that building near the roof line.

November 6, 2019

By Angelo Taranto

Emsworth resident e-mailed a complaint to the Health Dept. and reported the following from Metalico from about 2:00 p.m. onward.

-Again a strong odor of burning rubber/tar and burnt plastic that seems to be stronger when the shredder is started up.

-Thick, opaque emissions coming out of the shredder as well as the big open building.

November 5, 2019

By Angelo Taranto

Emsworth resident e-mailed a complaint to the Health Dept. and reported the following from Metalico from about 1:00 p.m. onward.

-Super strong odor of burning rubber?? as well as burnt plastic and metal. It’s really bad.

-Thick, opaque emissions coming out of the shredder

-There May have been an explosion between 12:50pm to 12:56pm. The house shook but I was unable to capture a photo.

November 4, 2019

By Angelo Taranto

Emsworth resident e-mailed a complaint to the Health Dept. and reported the following at Metalico from about 8:00 a.m. onward.:

-Strong odor of burning plastic/metals that varies in intensity

-Thick, opaque emissions coming out of the building (Bay 4 building) to the right of the open one.

- Metalico cutting metal and the torch fire can be seen in the same building.

October 25, 2019

By Angelo Taranto

Dust clouds generated from the loading of material onto a barge.

October 23, 2019

By Angelo Taranto

Emissions coming through the holes in the roof of the Bay 4 building.

October 18, 2019

By Angelo Taranto

Shredder operating and generating significant emissions.

October 2, 2019

By Angelo Taranto

Emsworth resident e-mailed a complaint to the Health Dept. and reported that from 12pm and ongoing there was a heavy odor of active burning coming from Metalico.  It smells like burnt plastic, metal, car parts... The odor is all through their home and causing a burning throat. At times, thick emissions coming from the shredder. It’s hanging in the air creating a soupy haze over the island.

Listen to the audio from October 2, approximately 10am.

Video for October 2, 2019 from 12:20 - 12:25 p.m.

 

September 30, 2019

By Angelo Taranto

Emsworth resident e-mailed a complaint to the Health Dept. reporting that from 8:30am on there was an active, (smoky) odor of burnt/heated plastics, metal, and car parts. Some emissions were coming from the shredder and the odor was pretty thick and flaring up their asthma in a bad way today.

   from 8:30 - 8:35 a.m.

September 26, 2019 (second complaint)

By Angelo Taranto

Emsworth resident e-mailed a complaint to the Health Dept. reporting that from about 1:00 pm on the wind was blowing an odor over from Neville Island.  It was a pretty bad chemical odor, like turpentine. It was so strong at 1pm that they could smell it driving as they were turning onto their street from Route 65.

At that time, there were also visible emissions coming from Metalico’s shredder and the Bay #4 building.

  from 1:12 - 1:17 p.m.

September 26, 2019

By Angelo Taranto

While observing Metalico in person today from the Emsworth side of the river at about 11:20 a.m., I saw visible emissions coming from their shredder.  

  from 11:19 - 11:24 a.m.

September 23, 2019 (second complaint)

By Angelo Taranto

Video from 2:48 - 2:53 p.m.

Emsworth resident e-mailed a complaint to the Health Dept. reporting that at 2:55 p.m.there was still a lot of heavy, opaque smoke, (not steam), coming out of the shredder and there was still a heavy odor of active burning plastic/metal. But there was also a smell of burning oil and rubber. There was also smoke coming out of the roof of the Bay 4 building to the right of the large open one. The smell was pretty bad and they had to close  their windows due to it infiltrating their home. It caused a pretty severe headache and made them a bit nauseous as well as the usual burning nose/throat.

September 23, 2019

By Angelo Taranto

Video from 11:06 - 11:11 a.m.

Emsworth resident e-mailed a complaint to the Health Dept. reporting about activity at 11:10 a.m. at Metalico Recycling that had been like this since 9am and is ongoing.

There was thick, heavy smoke,(sometimes cream in color) being emitted from the shredder. It was definitely not steam and is hanging in the air and making a thick haze over the area. The wind is blowing the smoke across the river directly into their home in Emsworth.  There was also a very strong odor burnt plastic/metal but this is more of an “active smoky odor as opposed the odor from yesterday (September 22nd).

Listen 1 minute sample clip of audio starting at 11:18am

September 22, 2019 (second complaint)

By Angelo Taranto

Video from 7:43 - 748 p.m.

Emsworth resident e-mailed a complaint to the Health Dept. reporting that at 7:45 p.m.there was a sickly sweet chemical smell in the air, almost like turpentine. They often notice this smell in the evenings and in the early morning and it’s a very distinct smell from what Metalico puts out.  They were sitting outside with a family member and had to retreat inside/close the windows  because the odor started to burn their nose and throat. The wind is blowing across the island towards Emsworth.

September 22, 2019

By Angelo Taranto

Video from 12:58-1:03 p.m.

Emsworth resident e-mailed a complaint to the Health Dept. reporting that, at 1:00 p.m. and ongoing, in the area near Metalico Recycling on Neville Island, there was a very noticeable odor of burning plastic/metal/stuff. The wind was blowing across Neville Island into Emsworth and there as a definite haze over that part of the island, although it’s not showing up well in the photos/video. The odor is much stronger when the wind picks up.

September 18, 2019

By Angelo Taranto

We were on the Emsworth side of the river in person with a group of Point Park journalism students to view Metalico.  While we were there, around 11:00 a.m., the shredder was operating and emissions were visible coming from the shredder.  After being there for about 20-30 minutes, my throat was irritated from breathing in those emissions.  Others in the group were also affected by the emissions.

  from 11:18 - 11:23 a.m.

September 12, 2019

By Angelo Taranto

Video from 12:12 - 12:17 p.m.

I observed  Metalico in person today from across the river in Emsworth from about 12:00 noon - 12:30 p.m.  The shredder was running the entire time and there were visible emissions the entire time.   I also noticed an odor while I was there that I assumed was coming from Metalico.

September 11, 2019

By Angelo Taranto

-8:45pm—ongoing

Emsworth resident e-mailed a complaint to the Health Dept. reporting that in the Metalico Recycling “area of Neville Island:

-This was the 2nd night where it smells as bad and as strong as it does during the day. (This is not a normal occurrence).

- Bad as in it’s seeping into their home and is  causing burning nose/throat/wheezing for them.

-Bad as in this smell is so frighteningly similar to what the resident smelled in NYC on the days/months after 9/11: burnt/charred metal, plastics, insulation, paper...This day is (always) hard for them but having to also smell an odor that reminds them of it has made it truly awful.

This odor/pollution is causing very real physical health issues.  It’s not normal for an odor to cause one’s nose/throat to burn or for asthma symptoms to flare up the minute it’s breathed into the lungs. Their neighborhood is breathing in this garbage on a daily basis. What exactly are they breathing in?!!  It’s outrageous that this has been allowed to occur for so long so close to densely populated areas.

It was nighttime and the only activity on the Metalico site that the camera picked up was one or more vehicles moving around on the site.

September 11, 2019

By Angelo Taranto

Video from 1:09 - 1:14 p.m.

Emsworth resident e-mailed a complaint to the Health Dept. reporting the following coming from Metalico.

-Odor of burnt plastic,metal,rubber  

-Opaque smoke being emitted from the shredder as well as smoke coming from the Bay 4 building.  There’s a smog that’s hovering over the area.

- Both the smoke and smell have been varying in intensity throughout the day

September 10, 2019

By Angelo Taranto

-9pm —to well past 11:30pm

Emsworth resident e-mailed a complaint to the Health Dept. reporting Super Thick, Industrial burning Odor in the Metalico area of Neville Island (see entry for the night of September 11th).

September 10, 2019

By WIlliam Doran

Local resident e-mailed a complaint to the Health Dept. reporting a strong odor of burnt plastic, metal, and rubber coming from the shredder. There were large amounts of opaque smoke emitted from the shredder as well as smoke/dust coming from the open building. Both the smoke and smell varied in intensity throughout the day.

September 5, 2019

By William Doran

Emissions seen from the roof of the building directly adjacent to the shredder..

August 29, 2019

By Angelo Taranto

Video from 9:17 - 9:22 a.m.

Shredder is operating and generating a significant amount of emissions.

August 27, 2019

By Angelo Taranto

Video from 9:17 - 9:22 a.m.

Shredder was operating and generating a significant amount of emissions from about 7:15 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on this day.

August 21, 2019

By Angelo Taranto

Video from 7:55 - 8:00 a.m.

Emsworth resident e-mailed a complaint to the Health Dept. reporting a very strong odor of burnt plastic and burnt materials coming from the shredder machine. It was pretty clear that the odor was coming from Metalico because the smell wasn’t noticeable until about 5 minutes after the shredder started operating.around 7:16 a.m.

The shredder was generating heavy emissions.  You can also see emissions coming through the roofs of the buildings to the left of the shredder.

August 16, 2019

By Angelo Taranto

Video from 8:05 - 8:10 a.m.

Shredder was operating and generating a significant amount of emissions from around 7:55 a.m. - noon.

August 15, 2019

By Angelo Taranto

In person observation from 11:24 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Video from 11:35 - 11:40 a.m.

I observed Metalico from the Emsworth side of the river.  The shredder was operating during the entire time that I was observing.  There were continuous emissions coming from the shredder with frequent periods of heavy emissions.

August 8, 2019

By William Doran

Dust from trucks dumping sands from 7:13 a.m. to 1:37 p.m. Shredder active from from 7:21 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. with various degrees of emissions. Footage cuts out from 1:37 p.m. Clouds of airborne emissions blowing across the river from 6:27 p.m. from to 7:51 p.m. Emissions are sourced from machines and trucks directly adjacent to the shredder, though it would appear the shredder is not active.  

August 5, 2019

By Angelo Taranto

While observing Metalico in person from the Emsworth side of the Ohio River from about 1:00 - 1:45 p.m., the shredder was operating and producing heavy emissions and associated odors.   During this time, the wind was often blowing the emissions across the river to our location.   I and some of the people with me got sick from those emissions.

The video from the camera during this time is not available; therefore, I have included below four photos taken by an Emsworth resident during this same period of time..

July 25, 2019

By Angelo Taranto

IN PERSON observation from 11:27 - 11:55 a.m.

Video from 11:30 - 11:35 a.m.

Varying levels of emissions were coming off of the shredder all of the time that I was observing.  Additionally, a machine was loading material into a barge during most of this time.  Instead of lowering the material into the barge, they were tossing/flinging the material into the barge.  This created dust clouds that blew over the river.  During part of the time, a front loader was also moving the material around and that created dust clouds.

July 23, 2019

By Angelo Taranto

Video from 3:56 a.m. to 4:01 a.m.

Emsworth resident who lives directly across the river from Metalico Recycling e-mailed a complaint to the Health Dept. reporting being abruptly and repeatedly woken up at the following times  - 12:30am, 2:37am, 2:59am, 4:00am  -   by Metalico’s operation of heavy equipment. They observed them moving and dumping large pieces of metal on their property. It sounded as if metal dumpsters were being dropped onto the ground right outside their window and it occurred repeatedly throughout the night. Since it was night time, the video does not record much detail, but the video included below does show equipment moving in the open-faced building at around 4:00 a.m. The video also showed  some equipment movement at Metalico at the other times identified by the resident.

This was a week night and like most of Emsworth’s residents, this resident had to work in the morning. They were utterly exhausted from a lack of sleep. It’s outrageous that this company, located in Neville Township, can be allowed to have such a severe and negative impact on the residents of Emsworth.

July 19, 2019

By William Doran

12:30 p.m. - 12:35 p.m.

-HEAVY odor of burnt plastic and burnt metal coming from the shredding machine.

-Thick, opaque smoke being emitted from the shredder as well.

The shredder released emissions from approximately 10:35 a.m. until approximately 3:00 p.m. Winds consistently carried emissions across the river while the shredder was operating.

One resident e-mailed a complaint to the Health Dept. reporting the odor being so strong that they noticed it while sitting in their living room. It filled their entire house and gave them a headache/ burning throat. This is especially concerning given the heat advisory of 95°F+ this weekend, for not all residents in the area can afford air conditioning and  keep their windows open to cool their homes. 

July 18, 2019

By Angelo Taranto

11:55 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

IN PERSON observation from 11:55 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.  During that time, the shredder was running from about 11:55 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  While it was running, emissions were visible.

As seen on the camera, the shredder was running intermittently from about 7:55 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.  Whenever it was running, emissions were visible.

July 16, 2019

By William Doran

Emissions were relatively light from the shredder as it only operated from 7:10 a.m. to 8:25 a.m. Most of the surrounding air particulates were dust from vehicle movement and excavated sand and debris. Much of the dust was blowing across the river.

July 15, 2019

By William Doran

8:08 a.m. - 8:13 a.m.

Emissions came from the shredder while it was operating from approximately 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The smoke emissions were especially opaque from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. After that, emissions varied in intensity but continued during the entire time the shredder was operating. The shredder briefly restarted emissions at 5:25 p.m. and more consistently from 6:45 p.m. to 7:40 p.m. The last emissions for the day occurred at approximately 9:00 p.m. There was also consistent dust coming from backhoes loading sands and pilings into the trucks throughout the day.

July 11, 2019

By William Doran

8:06 a.m. - 8:10 a.m.

Emissions came from the shredder while it was operating from approximately 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Emissions varied in intensity and continued during the entire time the shredder was operating.

July 8, 2019

By Angelo Taranto

10:10 - 10:15  a.m.

Emissions came from the shredder while it was operating from about 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  While emissions varied in intensity,  they continued during the entire time that the shredder was operating.

June 17, 2019

11:58 a.m. - 12:03 p.m.

Emsworth resident e-mailed a complaint to the Health Dept. reporting HEAVY and thick odor of burnt plastic and burnt metal coming from the shredder machine. The odor is so thick that it stays in your nose and throat and feels heavy in your lungs.

-Large amounts of opaque smoke being emitted from the shredder

June 4, 2019

9:55 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Emsworth resident e-mailed a complaint to the Health Dept. reporting that Metalico has been moving and dumping large piles of heavy metal for the majority of the morning and afternoon. It sounded like someone was dumping and smashing large metal trash cans right outside their window. It was incredibly jarring and could be heard through closed windows

June 3, 2019

Video from 7:20 - 7:25 a.m.

For most of the day, emissions could be seen coming from Metalico, often heavy emissions.  They appeared to be coming from the holes in the roof of the building to the left of the open building.

May 30, 2019

11:30 - 11:35 a.m.

Emsworth resident e-mailed a complaint to the Health Dept. reporting:

-HEAVY odor of burnt plastic and burnt metal coming from the shredder machine.

-Consistent, opaque smoke being emitted from the shredder as well.

-Dust clouds coming from metal scrap being loaded onto barge.

-Opaque smoke coming out of the large open building.

May 17, 2019

By Angelo Taranto

This is one of the exceedance dates cited by the Health Department in the July 19, 2019 Enforcement Order against Metalico.  During a 60 minute period an ACHD inspector observed over seven minutes that equaled or exceeded 20% opacity and made three visible observations that equaled or exceeded 60% opacity.

May 1, 2019

By Angelo Taranto

12:00 p.m.

Emsworth resident e-mailed a complaint to the Health Dept. reporting:

-HEAVY odor of burnt plastic and burning wires(?) blowing directly on the wind over  from Metalico. (There is a strong wind today).

-A lot of consistent, opaque smoke coming from the shredder.

-It’s the first nice day in quite awhile and they can’t sit on their back patio to enjoy it because the odor is so thick. It leaves a metallic-like odor/aftertaste in the nose and mouth even after going back into their home.

(No camera video available.  See photo below.))

April 23, 2019

By Angelo Taranto

-1:10pm

Emsworth resident e-mailed a complaint to the Health Dept. reporting:

-Very strong odor of burnt plastic and maybe rubber and oil?  There’s a lot of opaque smoke coming out of one of the holes in the roof. The wind is also really strong today and it’s blowing the stench  directly from Metalico towards Emsworth.

(No camera video available.  See photo below.)

April 22, 2019

By Angelo Taranto

7:14 - 7:19 a.m.

Emsworth resident e-mailed a complaint to the Health Dept. reporting a massive explosion at the shredder and a very strong odor of industrial burning. They literally felt their entire house shake and saw plaster dust blow out of one of the cracks in their wall.

April 16, 2019

By Angelo Taranto

9:08 - 9:13 a.m.

Emsworth resident e-mailed a complaint to the Health Dept. reporting heavy, thick, opaque smoke coming out of the shredder and blowing directly across the river towards Emsworth.

-Super-strong odor of burning plastic and other industrial burning. The smell is so strong that it started to burn her throat and has forced her neighbor and her to stop working in their yards and to retreat inside.

April 4, 2019

Video from 12:28- 12:33 p.m.

This was one of the dates cited in the Health Department’s July 19, 2019 Metalico Enforcement Order.  On this date, during a one hour period,  an ACHD inspector observed twenty-one minutes when opacity equalled or exceeded 20% and made 29 observations that equaled or exceeded 60% opacity.

For much of the day, the shredder was operating and generating significant emissions.

April 3, 2019

By Angelo Taranto

7:28 - 7:33 a.m.

Emsworth resident e-mailed a complaint to the Health Dept. reporting strong industrial odor of burning plastic mixed with turpentine. The smell is so bad that the back of her throat started to burn after standing outside for 5 min. and the smell stays in your nostrils well after leaving the area.  

-Heavy emissions and smog over Metalico blowing towards the city.  Those emissions and smog started to be visible from Metalico buildings around 7:00 a.m.  The operation of the shredder, which started operating around 7:20 a.m., added to those emissions.

April 2, 2019

By Angelo Taranto

11:46-11:51 p.m.

Emsworth resident e-mailed a complaint to the Health Dept. reporting:

-Periodic thick/opaque smoke coming from the shredder that continued from this time forward.

-Heavy odor that smells like burning plastic. It intensifies/dissipates over the past few hours.

-While walking a friend’s dog, they could smell it all the way up in the hills of Emsworth near Plainfield/Allison.

March 28, 2019

8:38 - 8:43 a.m. and ongoing

Emsworth resident e-mailed a complaint to the Health Dept. reporting very strong industrial odor that smells like burning plastic and opaque smoke, not steam, coming from the shredder.

March 14, 2019

8:25 - 8:30 a.m. and ongoing

Emsworth resident e-mailed a complaint to the Health Dept reporting thick, opaque smoke, not steam, coming from the shredder and an odor of industrial burning.

March 13, 2019

8:20 - 8:25a.m. and all day

Emsworth resident e-mailed a complaint to the Health Dept. reporting thick, opaque smoke, not steam, coming from the shredder and an odor of industrial burning throughout the entirety of the day.

February 28, 2019

12:00 - 12:05 pm

Emsworth resident e-mailed a complaint to the Health Dept. reporting thick, opaque smoke, (not steam), coming from the shredder and a strong odor of burning plastic. This has been consistent for the  past 2 hours and has created a layer of smog over the island towards the direction of the city.

February 26, 2019

7:47 -7:55 am

Emsworth resident e-mailed a complaint to the Health Dept. reporting a massive explosion at the shredder at 7:48 a.m. that shook all of the windows in their home and was extremely jarring. Odor of industrial burning.

February 26, 2019

7:35 - 7:40 am

Emsworth resident e-mailed a complaint to the Health Dept. reporting a consistent amount of thick, opaque smoke, (not steam), being emitted from the shredder.


February 25, 2019

8:20am to 8:30am

Emsworth resident e-mailed a complaint to the Health Dept. reporting:

--Metalico was loading a barge, (green grab-loader truck), with processed materials from the shredder. Sometimes the truck “flung the material into the barge creating a large dust cloud. The wind then blows it all over the place, including across the river towards Emsworth.  What is in those processed materials that is being spread around?

- The noise of the material falling at great distance into a metal barge is loud, constant, and jarring. This noise echos off the far hillside in Emsworth which amplifies the sound, making it worse for those residents.

February 21, 2019

By Angelo Taranto

12:44 - 12:49 pm

 

Emsworth resident e-mailed a complaint to the Health Dept. reporting a strong industrial odor of burning plastic and a lot of opaque smoke being emitted from the shredder at about 12:45 p.m.. The wind was blowing all of it across the river towards Emsworth.  The camera shows that this was happening all morning.

February 11, 2019

By Angelo Taranto

9:39 - 9:45 am

Emsworth resident e-mailed a complaint to the Health Dept. reporting a medium explosion/cream-colored smoke coming from the shredder around 9:39 a.m.

February 4, 2019

By Angelo Taranto

-1:55pm

-Metalico Recycling, Neville Island

-A lot of opaque smoke blowing across the river,(See last photo), with an odor of burning plastic coming from the shredder. This has been continuous for the past hour.

February 3, 2019

By Angelo Taranto

10:00 - 11:30 p.m.

Emsworth resident e-mailed a complaint to the Health Dept. reporting that:

-Wind was blowing in from Neville Island direction.

-Incredibly overpowering smell of natural gas outside. Both she and her sister smelled it and physically became light-headed. They immediately called Columbia Gas because they thought it was a gas leak. (It smelled exactly like natural gas).

-An emergency tech came out but he found no evidence of a gas leak near her home or in the neighborhood. He also smelled the odor and informed her that he could smell it as far back as Sewickley. (He was driving south on Rt. 65 towards her home).

- After the smell dissipated both she and her sister had nasty headaches and were extremely concerned.

Because this was after dark,  the video doesn’t appear to show any evidence that this odor came from Metalico.

January 29, 2019

By Angelo Taranto

Emsworth resident e-mailed a complaint to the Health Dept. reporting that there was a large explosion at the shredder at around 1:44 p.m.  She said that it shook the windows in her house.  The camera was out from about 12:10 p.m. - 3:10 p.m., so there is no video of the event.

January 23, 2019

By Angelo Taranto

Emsworth resident e-mailed a complaint to the Health Dept. reporting that there was a heavy smog cloud over Metalico and that area of Neville Island. Thick smoke was coming from Metalico and from the business with the large, white, round tanks.  There was a really strong chemical-smell in the air (overly sweet smell?) mixed with a burnt plastic smell. The smell was burning her throat.  The Emsworth side of the river was filling up with smoke.

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January 23, 2019

By Angelo Taranto

10:23- 10:28 a.m.

Second large explosion at the shredder accompanied by a lot of thick, cream-colored smoke.

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January 23, 2019

By Angelo Taranto

8:32 - 8:37 a.m.

Large explosion at the shredder accompanied by a lot of thick, cream-colored smoke. An Emsworth resident e-mailed a complaint to the Health Dept. reporting that it shook the windows of her house.

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January 18, 2019

By Angelo Taranto

8:45 - 8:50 a.m.

An Emsworth resident e-mailed a complaint to the Health Dept. reporting that there was a continuous stream of thick, cream-colored smoke coming from an area near the shredder. It started around 7:30 a.m.

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January 9, 2019

By Angelo Taranto

1:28 - 1:33 p.m.

Massive explosion at the shredder with a lot of thick smoke.  It shook all of the windows of an Emsworth resident’s house. They e-mailed a complaint to the Health Dept. to report on this explosion.

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January 2, 2019

By Angelo Taranto

8:30 - 8:35 a.m.

A lot of emissions coming from the open building at Metalico.  This video is an example of the emissions throughout most of the day .

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December 20, 2018

By Angelo Taranto

2:40 - 2:45 p.m. (video)

 An Emsworth resident e-mailed a complaint to the Health Dept. at 3:00 p.m.reporting that there had been a strong and consistent odor of burning plastic for over an hour. There was a lot of cream-colored smoke and smog hovering over the island.

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December 17, 2018

By Angelo Taranto

9:34 - 9:39 a.m.

Apparent explosion in the shredder at around 9:36 a.m.  Heavy emissions coming from the shredder all morning.

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December 10, 2018

By Angelo Taranto

11:33 - 11:38 a.m.

3rd. explosion at the shredder at Metalico at around 11:35 a.m.. A lot of cream-colored smoke and smog.

This was one of the exceedance dates cited by the Health Department in their July 19, 2019 Enforcement Order.  On this date, an ACHD inspector, during a one-hour period, observed a total of five minutes when the opacity equaled or exceeded 20%.

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December 10, 2018

By Angelo Taranto

11:08 - 11:11 a.m.

Large, 2nd explosion at the shredder at Metalico at around 11:09 a.m.  A lot of cream-colored smoke and smog

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December 10, 2018

By Angelo Taranto

11:03 - 11:06 a.m.

Very Large explosion at the shredder at Metalico at about 11:06 a.m.   A lot of cream-colored smoke and smog. Odor, (all morning), of burning plastic.

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December 10, 2018

By Angelo Taranto

8:25 - 8:30 a.m.

An Emsworth resident e-mailed a complaint to the Health Dept. reporting that there was an odor all morning of burning plastic. Early in the morning,  they were again open burning in the building directly to the left of the shredder.

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December 7,  2018

By Angelo Taranto

4:03 - 4:08 p.m.

An Emsworth resident e-mailed a complaint to the Health Dept. reporting a lot of thick cream-colored smoke coming out of the holes in the roof of a building that’s located directly to the left of the shredder during the period starting at 4:00 p.m. It was making a thick haze over the area and could be seen visually blowing over the river. There was a strong odor of burning plastic in the air.

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An Emsworth resident e-mailed a complaint to the Health Dept. reporting a lot of thick cream-colored smoke coming out of the holes in the roof of a building that’s located directly to the left of the shredder during the period starting at 4:00 p.m. It was making a thick haze over the area and could be seen visually blowing over the river. There was a strong odor of burning plastic in the air.

November 29, 2018

By Angelo Taranto

8:43 - 8:47 a.m.

An Emsworth resident e-mailed a complaint to the Health Dept. reporting that around 8: 45 a.m. there was a lot of thick cream colored smoke coming out of the shredder that made a thick haze over the area. There was also a bad odor of burning plastic/burning rubber in the air.

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November 27, 2018

By Angelo Taranto

2:24-2:29 p.m.

At 2:25 p.m. there was a third large explosion that had a very large fireball at the shredder at Metalico. The explosion was followed by a long stream of cream-colored smoke coming from the shredder.

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November 27, 2018

By Angelo Taranto

2:20 - 2:25 p.m.

At 2:23 p.m., there was a second, even larger explosion at the shredder at Metalico. It shook the entire house of an Emsworth resident. Following the explosion there was a lot of cream colored smoke. The resident reported the explosion to the Health Dept. by sending them an e-mail.

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November 27, 2018

By Angelo Taranto

9:28 - 9:33 a.m.

At 9:31 a.m., there was a large explosion at the shredder that shook the entire house of an Emsworth resident.  The explosion was followed by a lot of cream colored smoke.    The resident reported the explosion through an e-mailed complaint to the Health Dept.

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November 20, 2018

By Angelo Taranto

1:06 - 1:11 p.m.

Large explosion at the shredder at 1:08 p.m. accompanied with thick, cream-colored smoke. Emsworth resident e-mailed a complaint to the Health Dept. reporting that the explosion shook her entire house.

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November 15, 2018

The Allegheny County Health Department issued an enforcement order on Metalico for explosions and visible emissions.   The enforcement order included a fine of $6,900.

November 12, 2018

By Angelo Taranto

3:55 - 4:00 p.m.

Emsworth resident e-mailed a complaint to the Health Dept. reporting that there was a lot of burning/torching going on in the building to the left of the shredder between 3:00 and 4:00 p.m.  Smoke was pouring out of the top of the building and it smelled strongly of burning plastic.   She was outside raking leaves at the time and the emissions and odor gave her a bad headache.

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October 31, 2018

By Angelo Taranto

8:01- 8:06 a.m.

- Emsworth resident e-mailed a complaint to the Health Dept. reporting that there was lots of cream colored smoke coming from the shredder for a period of time,  including around 8:02 a.m.  It hung in the air for a long time.

- She also reported that there was a really bad odor of burning plastic coming from the shredder throughout the day. She could smell it all the way up on the hills in Emsworth when she was walking that day.

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October 29, 2018

By Angelo Taranto

8:56 - 9:01 a.m.

An Emsworth resident e-mailed a complaint to the Health Dept. reporting a really bad, thick odor of burning plastic in the air and a lot of smoke/smog around the shredder.

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October 29, 2018

By Angelo Taranto

8:45 - 9:00 a.m.

An Emsworth resident e-mailed a complaint to the Health Dept. to report a big explosion at about 8:46 a.m. at the shredder that shook her house.  It was accompanied by a lot of smoke.

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October 24, 2018

By Angelo Taranto

2:09 - 2:15 p.m.

An Emsworth resident e-mailed a complaint to the Health Dept. reporting a big explosion at the shredder and to the right of the shredder around 2:09 p.m.  Also saw flames. Lots of smoke and a strong odor of burning plastic.

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October 23, 2018

By Angelo Taranto

8:05 - 8:10 a.m.

The GIF captures some of what an Emsworth resident was seeing from 7:30am continuing to 9:15am.  Smoke and emissions coming from Neville Galvanizing, which is out of view to the left of the camera view, and from the shredder at  Metalico.  Both together were mixing to create a thick smoggy haze over that section of the island.

It was accompanied by a bad odor of burning plastic and some other strange odors.  The resident e-mailed a complaint to the Health Dept. to report all of this.

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October 22, 2018

By Angelo Taranto

1:43 - 1:48 p.m.

An Emsworth resident e-mailed a complaint to the Health Dept.  reporting that there was still a very heavy odor of burning plastic coming from the shredder at 1:46 p.m.. There was a lot of smoke and a smoggy haze hanging over Metalico. She was up in the hills of Emsworth (across from her house) earlier in the day  and she could smell it all way up there.

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October 22, 2018

By Angelo Taranto

10:32 - 10:37 a.m.

Heavy smoke and emissions coming from shredder and buildings to the left of the shredder most of the day and particularly heavy in the morning. An Emsworth resident e-mailed a complaint to the Health Dept. at 10:37 a.m. reporting that there was a very heavy odor of burning plastic and some smoke coming from the shredder.  She said it comes in waves of severity and was super strong at that time.

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October 18, 2018

By Angelo Taranto

11:54 - 11:56 a.m.

While watching Metalico in person, I saw a truck moving left to right, to the left of the open building.  The truck was moving slowly (the video makes it appear as though it was going faster), yet it still raised a large dust cloud.

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October 18, 2018

By Angelo Taranto

Observed in person from 11:58 - 12:03 p.m.

I observed heavy emissions that hung over the river.  I noticed that after the shredder seemed to stop operating the emissions continued.  It looked as though their source was from further back from the river, maybe from somewhere else on Metalico's property or on another site.  I have seen dust clouds that came from Neville Aggregates behind Metalico and this did not look like that.  The emissions were hanging over the river. I could not pinpoint the source even after driving over to Metalico on Neville Island.

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October 15, 2018

9:14 - 9:16 a.m.

An Emsworth resident e-mailed a complaint to the Health Dept. reporting that from about 9:25 a.m. to 12:55 p.m.:

-Strong odor of burning plastic/industrial

-The odor has been consistent for over 3 hours, sometimes getting very heavy.

-There’s also been a consistent smoggy haze over the area with periods of thick creamy smoke. The wind is blowing directly across from Metalico towards my home.

-I’m trying to do some outside work on my back porch but the odor is burning my throat and causing a headache making me have to stop and go inside.

October 11, 2018

By Angelo Taranto and other ACCAN members

9:57 - 10:02 a.m.

An Emsworth resident e-mailed a complaint to the Health Dept. reporting a lot of thick smoke and emissions coming from the shredder and a fireball and large explosion at around 9:59 a.m.  It shook the house and windows.  There was an odor of burning plastic/tar wafting over for at least an hour preceding and including the time of the explosion.

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October 10, 2018

By Angelo Taranto and other ACCAN members

2:52-2:57 p.m.

Heavy odor of burning plastic and a lot of cream-colored smoke coming from the shredder. Smoke can also be seen coming from the large open building directly to the left of the shredder.

 

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October 8, 2018

By Angelo Taranto and other ACCAN members

8:03 - 8:08 p.m.

Strong odor of burning plastic coming from Metalico on Neville Island. The shredder is not operating but there is a lot of noise coming from a front loader moving metal at one of the pits.  It is our understanding that Metalico is only supposed to be doing cleaning operations after 5:30 p.m.  The video shows equipment movement.

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October 5, 2018

By Angelo Taranto and other ACCAN members

9:44 - 9:48 p.m.

Loud noise coming from Metalico, sometimes as loud as their daytime operation.  Noise sometimes lasts all night until dawn.  Video shows equipment operating on the site.

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October 4, 2018

By Angelo Taranto and other ACCAN members

10:05 - 10:10 p.m.

Loud noise coming from Metalico during a time when they are not supposed to be operating.  Video shows equipment operating on the site.

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October 4, 2018

By Angelo Taranto

Heavy smoke and emissions coming off Metalico’s shredder almost continually from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., which includes the 2:40 p.m. time when an Emsworth resident e-mailed a complaint to the Health Dept. about a strong odor of burning plastic coming from Metalico. Bad enough to where they had to close their windows.  This GIF covers the time between 2:40-2:45 p.m.

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October 4, 2018

By Angelo Taranto

Watched Metalico in person from about 11:18 - 11:35 a.m..  During that time there was heavy smoke and emissions coming off of the shredder.  There was also a constant haze that hung over Metalico’s buildings.  In  addition at 11:24 a.m. there was a large fireball and explosion in the shredder.

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

By Angelo Taranto and other ACCAN members

There was thick smoke and emissions coming off Metalico's shredder on Neville Island all morning starting at around 7:00 a.m.  This included the time around 11:05 a.m. when an Emsworth resident e-mailed a complaint to the Health Dept. reporting a strong odor of burning plastic and smoke coming from the shredder that she could smell inside her house.

The short video here records what was happening at Metallico at around 11:05 a.m.

 

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Friday, September 28, 2018

By Angelo Taranto and other ACCAN members

Strong odor of burning plastic and smoke coming from Metalico’s shredder and there was smoky haze hovering over Metalico.  The video runs from 2:32 - 2:37 p.m.; however, these conditions were present for hours.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

By Angelo Taranto, ACCAN member

This GIF runs from 8:30 to 8:35 a.m.  Emsworth resident e-mailed a complaint to the Health Dept. reporting a large explosion at Metalico that shook her house and windows  at 8:33 a.m.  At that time you see a fireball and a burst of smoke and emissions coming from the shredder at Metalico.

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Friday, September 21, 2018

By ACCAN member

This is one example of dust being kicked up in Metalico’s yards, either by wind or the movement of equipment.  This happened frequently throughout the day.

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Friday, September 21, 2018

By ACCAN member

They didn’t seem to be running the shredder today, but every once in a while there would be a burst of smoke from a spot that seemed to be to the right of the shredder.

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Friday, September 21, 2018

By ACCAN member

Emissions coming out of Metalico’s buildings.  These emissions occurred throughout the day.

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Thursday, September 6, 2018

By ACCAN Members

There was continual activity at Metalico all during the early morning hours when they weren’t supposed to be operating. Very loud noises were heard throughout Emsworth.  The mayor of Emsworth complained about the noise that she had heard.  This particular GIF shows dust rising in the open building at around 1:07 a.m.  That was accompanied by very loud noise.

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Thursday, September 6, 2018

By ACCAN members

Later on that same morning, around 5:26 a.m., more loud noises from Metalico with activity in the open building and then a vehicle seems to be pushing something into the river.

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Thursday, September 6, 2018

By ACCAN members

Then about 6:00 a.m. more loud noises and you can see what seems to be burning in the building to the right of the open building.

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

By ACCAN members

A lot of dust kicked up in yard that is in front of the shredder.

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Thursday, August 30, 2018

By ACCAN members

ACCAN member who lives in Emsworth e-mailed a complaint to the Health Dept. reporting a massive explosion at around 10:50 a.m. that shook her house and other houses in the neighborhood.  The evidence of the explosion is a sudden burst of smoke and emissions from the shredder and a wave that moves across the river toward Emsworth and then bounces off the bank and ricochets back to Neville Island..  She and two other residents called in complaints to the Health Department.  She also reported it on SmellPGH.

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Friday, August 24, 2018

By ACCAN member

Smoke coming from open building and maybe other adjacent buildings at Metalico.  Last for around a half hour.


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Monday August 6, 2018

By J. Pachuta and ACCAN Member

Explosion seen on August 1 around noon

Smoke blowing from Metallco lasted almost 20 minutes.

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Monday Aug 6, 2018 #2

By J. Pachuta and ACCAN Member

Large Explosion at the shredder accompanied by thick smoke. Heavy odor of burning plastic has been consistent since 9am.

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