ACCAN Camera Blog

November 22, 2021

Entered by: Cecilia Muzika-Minteer

Time of Day: 10:50 - 11:00 a.m.

Observation: Viewed on video from camera across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint: Excessive, visible opaque smoke emissions from Metalico shredder

Submitted to ACHD: Yes

Description: While watching Metalico on video at accancamera.com fromt 7:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m., I observed frequent excessive, visible opaque smoke emissions coming from the shredder at Metalico blowing east toward residential areas in the north boroughs. One example is shown in the video below.

November 12, 2021

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of  Day: 11:20 -11:25 a.m.

Observation: Viewed on video from camera across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Excessive, visible opaque smoke emissions from Metalico  shredder  

Submitted to ACHD: Yes

Description:  While watching Metalico on video at accancamera.com, I observed excessive, visible opaque smoke emissions coming from the shredder and blowing across Metalico’s northern property line into the residential area in Emsworth.

November 11, 2021

Entered by: Cecilia Muzika-Minteer

Time of Day: 8:50 - 9:00 a.m.

Observation: Viewed in-person by Angelo Taranto and from accancamera.com

Type of Complaint:  Excessive, visible opaque smoke emissions from Metalico shredder

Submitted to ACHD: Yes

Description: (In the words of in-person viewer): I observed Metalico in person from across the river in Emsworth from about 8:45 - 9:20 a.m.  During some of that time, the shredder was producing opaque, visible smoke emissions that were being blown toward Metalico's western property line.  The attached photos show these smoke emissions.

November 9, 2021 - Third Complaint

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of  Day: 10:56 - 10:59 a.m. 

Observation: Viewed on video from camera across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Excessive, visible opaque smoke emissions coming from vehicle at Metalico  

Submitted to ACHD: Yes

Description: While watching video of Metalico at accancamera.com, I observed a vehicle on the site producing excessive, visible smoke emissions as shown in the video below.  The same issue was reported in a complaint and blog post on October 13, 2021.

November 9, 2021- Second Complaint

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of  Day: 10:56 - 10:59 a.m. 

Observation: Viewed on video from camera across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Excessive, visible opaque smoke emissions rising from the Grand Avenue side of Metalico  

Submitted to ACHD: Yes

Description: While watching video of Metalico at accancamera.com, I observed excessive, visible smoke emissions rising from the Grand Avenue side of Metalico and blowing over their western property line.  

November 9, 2021

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of  Day: 7:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Observation: Viewed on video from camera across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Excessive, visible opaque smoke emissions from Metalico shredder  

Submitted to ACHD: Yes

Description: While watching Metalico on video at accancamera.com, I observed excessive, visible opaque smoke emissions coming from the shredder and blowing across Metalico’s western property line. This was happening all day while the shredder was operating. An example of this is shown in the video below.

November 4, 2021

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of  Day: 11:50-11:55 a.m.

Observation: Viewed on video from camera across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Excessive  smoke emission from Metalico  shredder 

Submitted to ACHD: Yes

Description: While observing video of Metalico on accancamera.com, I viewed excessive, opaque smoke emissions coming from the shredder, as shown on the video below.  Also included below is a screenshot of air monitor readings that are shown on accancamera.com.  Those readings are from a RAMP and VOC monitor in Emsworth at the location of the camera.  These readings show that PM2.5, CO and tVOC were dramatically elevated at the time I observed the excessive smoke emissions from Metalico's shredder.

October 25, 2021

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day:  12:45 - 1:45 p.m.

Observation: In-person by Emsworth resident from across the river in Emsworth and from accancamera.com

Type of Complaint:  Extremely heavy emissions and heavy odor of burning rubber, plastic and motor oil Submitted to ACHD: Yes

Description:  (In the words of the Emsworth resident):  Extremely heavy odor of hot/melting plastics, rubber, paper, and metal but also, at times, a rotten egg smell or rotting garbage mixed in.  I first noticed the odor INSIDE my home because it’s that strong. The wind is blowing pretty strong today and pushing the emissions from the shredder across the river. It leaves a weird Metalic taste on your lips and in your nose. I  can see the clouds of smog blow over their dock but it’s hard to capture the cloud in a photo.

October 20, 2021 - Second Complaint

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of  Day: 2:20 - 3:10 p.m.

Observation: Viewed on video from camera across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Dust blowing from the site across the river. 

Submitted to ACHD: Yes

Description:  While observing Metalico on video, I observed dust blowing from different places on the Metalico site over the river, as seen in the video below.

October 20, 2021

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day:  1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Observation: In-person by Emsworth resident from across the river in Emsworth and from accancamera.com

Type of Complaint:  Extremely heavy emissions and heavy odor of burning rubber, plastic and motor oil Submitted to ACHD: Yes

Description:  (In the words of the Emsworth resident):  Extremely Heavy emissions coming from the shredder all morning long but particularly heavy from 1-2:15pm. Clouds of smog are rolling across the river but it’s hard to capture in photos.

Also extremely heavy odor of burning rubber, plastic , motor oil. It’s so bad today that the odor clings to your lips and leaves a nasty film/taste in the mouth /nose after breathing it for more than a minute.

The Airviz tVOC monitor on site in Emsworth captured the pollution event. See screenshot from voc.createlab.org

 

(Photos are taken by the Emsworth resident and the video is from accancamera.com.)

October 13, 2021 - Second Complaint

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of  Day: 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Observation: In person from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Smoke emissions from a vehicle on the Metalico site

Submitted to ACHD:  Yes

Description:  While observing Metalico in person, I saw opaque smoke emissions produced by a vehicle on the site.  The video below shows those emissions.

October 13, 2021

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of  Day: 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Observation: In person from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Dust clouds raised by activity on Metalico site 

Submitted to ACHD: Yes

Description: While observing Metalico in person,  I saw activity which raised dust clouds.  Two pieces of equipment  were handling material that was in piles.  One was loading a barge and one was transferring material from one pile to the other.  Dust clouds were being raised because only one of the piles was being watered.  The video below shows an example of this.

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October 4, 2021 - Second Complaint

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of  Day: 2:15 - 3:15 p.m.

Observation: In person from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Smoke and odor that smelled like burning rubber and plastics. 

Submitted to ACHD: Yes

Description:   ACCAN member, Barbara Pace, was observing Metalico in person from across the river in Emsworth.  Acrid taste and burning in her throat, accompanied the stench from Metalico on Neville Island. The odor smelled like burning rubber and plastic.

October 4, 2021

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of  Day: 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Observation: In person from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Frequent bursts of opaque smoke emissions and strong odor from shredder at Metalico  

Submitted to ACHD: Yes

Description:  I observed Metalico from across the river in Emsworth from about 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.  During that time, there were frequent bursts of opaque smoke emissions and strong odors of burning plastic and rubber coming from Metalico’s shredder.  An example of these bursts is shown in the video below.  At times the emissions hung in the air creating a haze.

September 28, 2021

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of  Day: 7:07 - 8:25 a.m. when weather was overcast

Observation: Viewed on video from camera across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Frequent bursts of opaque smoke emissions from shredder at Metalico  

Submitted to ACHD: Yes

Description:  I observed Metalico on video starting at 7:07 a.m. The weather was overcast.  During the entire time I observed Metalico its shredder was operating and producing frequent bursts of opaque smoke emissions  that blew off the site.   An example of these bursts is shown in the video below.  During the hour between 7:25 - 8:25 a.m. there were at least 14 bursts of opaque smoke emissions.

September 27, 2021

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of  Day: 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.  

Observation: Viewed on video from camera across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Dust clouds generated from activity on the Metalico site  

Submitted to ACHD: Yes

Description:  While watching video of Metalico, I observed dust clouds generated by activity on the Metalico site.  The dust clouds blew over and into the river and into Emsworth.  An example of this is shown in the video below.   This is something that we frequently see on the Metalico site.

September 24, 2021 - 2nd Complaint

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of  Day: 12:45 - 2:15 p.m.  

Observation: Viewed by Ken Holmes, an ACCAN member, in person from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Frequent bursts of opaque smoke emissions from shredder at Metalico  

Submitted to ACHD: Yes

Description:  Ken’s complaint emailed to the Health Department read:  “ I took this video yesterday of the egregious practices of Metallico. What you see is the norm every day: open burning and dust clouds from trucks on the property both a violation of state environmental rules.  Can’t understand why nothing is being done regarding enforcement by the county.”

September 24, 2021

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of  Day: 7:15 - 11:40 a.m.  

Observation: Viewed on video from camera across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Frequent bursts of opaque smoke emissions from shredder at Metalico  

Submitted to ACHD: Yes

Description:  I observed Metalico on video from 7:15 - 11:40 a.m..  During that entire time Metalico’s shredder was operating and producing frequent bursts of opaque smoke emissions  that blew off the site, often across the river into Emsworth.   An example of these bursts is shown in the videos below (one video from the morning and one from the afternoon) .  There was an average of at least 10 bursts per hour.  I also observed Metalico in person from about 1:00 - 2:15 p.m.  During that time the shredder continued to operate as it had been operating in the morning, i.e., producing frequent bursts of opaque smoke emissions that blew off the site, often across the river into Emsworth.

September 15, 2021

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of  Day: 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  The weather was overcast that entire time.

Observation: Viewed on video from camera across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Frequent bursts of opaque smoke emissions from shredder at Metalico  

Submitted to ACHD: Yes

Description:  While watching Metalico on video at accancamera.com, I saw that the shredder was operating  from about 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  During that entire time,  I observed that there were frequent bursts of opaque smoke emissions coming from the shredder.  An example of these bursts is shown in the video below.

September 14, 2021 - 2nd Complaint

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of  Day: 7:20 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Observation: Viewed on video from camera across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Bursts of opaque smoke emissions from shredder at Metalico  

Submitted to ACHD: Yes

Description:  While watching Metalico on video at accancamera.com from about 7:20 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.,  I observed frequent bursts of opaque smoke emissions coming from the shredder at Metalico.  An example of these bursts is shown in the video below.

September 14, 2021

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day:  9:00 a.m. and ongoing

Observation: In-person by Emsworth resident from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:   Multiple explosions and super heavy/thick emissions of cream colored smoke all morning long and heavy odor of melting plastics/rubber/metal.

Submitted to ACHD: Yes

Description:  (In the words of the Emsworth resident)  Multiple explosions at the shredder, one at 10:21 am and one at 11:01am.  Could feel the explosion as well as hear it.

Super heavy/thick emissions of cream colored smoke all morning long and heavy odor of melting plastics/rubber/metal. The wind is strong today and is blowing the smoke /odor from the shredder directly across the river into my neighborhood. There’s a smog cloud over this area of the island.

 My neighbor’s brother and his wife are visiting from Florida. They had to retreat inside from lunch on their deck because the odor was so overwhelming.  I’ve had to close all of my windows because the odor is seeping in causing a headache and burning throat.  It’s not right that residents in a non-industrial zoned town (Emsworth) can’t enjoy their own backyards and porches and are being forced indoors due to the pollution Metalico is creating in Neville township.

The smoke/odors/ explosions have steadily been getting worse over the past year.

The video and photos are of shredder at time of explosion(s) as well as periods of heavy emissions.

September 8, 2021

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day:  9:30 a.m. and ongoing

Observation: In-person by Emsworth resident from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:   HEAVY and thick odor of melting plastics/rubber/metal coming from the Metalico shredder

Submitted to ACHD: Yes

Description:  HEAVY and thick odor of melting plastics/rubber/metal coming from the shredder.  It smells like someone lit a dumpster full of electronics on fire.

-The wind has been blowing Metalico’s emissions directly across the river into their neighborhood.

-They first noticed the odor INSIDE their house and they were then forced to close all of their windows.

-Breathing it in for more than a few minutes caused a headache and burning throat.

While odors from Metalico are almost always associated with the operation of the shredder, they are not always associated with large plumes of smoke from the shredder.  The video below show emissions from the shredder during part of the time covered by this complaint.

September 3, 2021

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of  Day: 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Observation: Viewed on video from camera across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Large bursts of opaque smoke emissions from shredder at Metalico  

Submitted to ACHD: Yes

Description:   While watching the operation of Metalico’s shredder, I observed frequent large bursts of opaque smoke emissions produced by the shredder.   These occurred throughout the day, sometimes more frequently than others.  Examples of these are included in the videos below.

August 31, 2021

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day:  From 7:30 - 11:55 a.m.

Observation: In-person by Emsworth resident from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Heavy smoke emissions from the shredder at Metalico with periods of heavy odors  

Submitted to ACHD:  Yes  

Description:  Heavy smoke emissions all morning long with periods of heavy odors of melting plastic, rubber, hot motor oil.   The smog (not steam) lingers in the air long after it comes out of the shredder but it’s difficult to capture that in video and photos.  The video below shows an example of the heavy smoke emissions.

August 30, 2021

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day:  All day long.

Observation: In-person by Emsworth resident from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Heavy smoke emissions and extremely strong odor coming from the shredder,  explosion at the shredder and unbearable, explosive noise.

Submitted to ACHD:  Yes  

Description:  Heavy, HEAVY, emissions coming from the shredder all day since 7:30am as well as extremely strong odor of melting plastic/burning car parts throughout the day.  An example of this is shown in the video below.  There was also a muffled explosion at the shredder at 8:32am.

They were also loading a barge with scrap; dumping heavy pieces of metal, the equivalent height of a 3-4 story building, into a metal barge on the river.  They drop metal every few seconds and the explosive sound of the metal scrap smashing into the metal barge regularly registers above 86-94 decibels.There eardrums were literally ringing from simply being outside for 5 minutes. Ears ringing from excessive industrial noise IS a health dept. issue.

They’re assuming the machine operators at Metalico are required to wear ear protection when they load barges? The sound from the dropped metal is amplified as it hits the cliff of their neighborhood making the noise even louder and explosive to their ears yet they’re supposed to endure this same noise with zero protection? They don’t have air conditioning; They can’t close their windows and they are forced to listen to it as they work.

THIS WAS GOING ON ALL DAY CONSTANTLY.

August 27, 2021

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day:  10:54 a.m.

Observation: In-person by Emsworth resident from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Massive explosion at the shredder at Metalico accompanied by large plume of opaque smoke emissions

Submitted to ACHD:  Yes  

Description: Massive explosion at the shredder that shook their entire house with such force that they thought their windows were going to blow out. Their neighbor called them because she felt/heard it as well. It was extremely jarring.  Video of the explosion and the plume released by it are shown in the video below.

August 26, 2021

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of  Day:  9:32 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Observation: In person from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Bursts of opaque smoke emissions from shredder at Metalico  

Submitted to ACHD: Yes

Description:  While observing Metalico in person today from across the river in Emsworth I observed frequent bursts of opaque smoke emissions from the shredder at Metalico.  The video below (which I captured from video at accancamera.com), shows an example of these bursts of smoke emissions.  The bursts were so frequent that they left an almost continuous haze hanging over the Metalico site while I was there in Emsworth.

August 25, 2021 - Third Complaint

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day:  2:08 p.m.

Observation: In-person by Emsworth resident from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Explosion, heavy smoke emissions and odor from the shredder at Metalico

Submitted to ACHD:  Yes  

Description: Heard /felt another muffled explosion followed by the usual puff of cream colored smoke that ALWAYS comes out of the shredder after an explosion (see first two photos below). Again, this happens at least once per day but more often it’s multiple muffled explosions per day.

These explosions have been happening for YEARS and all that’s been accomplished is that they’ve somehow managed to muffle them so our homes don’t shake as much. They are absolutely disgusted by the lack of inaction by ACHD to stop this company from polluting their community and that, since they’ve started filing complaints in 2018, the pollution, odors and noise pollution has only gotten worse. They’re now operating on Saturdays and Sundays so their neighborhood can’t even enjoy one clean air day!

The pollution they're emitting today is OUTRAGEOUS!  The remaining photos are emissions that happened after the explosion..

It’s not right that they have to escape their OWN HOME in order to breathe decent air.

It’s not right that they have to look at more effective health departments across the U.S. to actually get any information on exactly what kind of toxins they’re emitting! It’s also disheartening to see how other health depts. are taking MUCH STRONGER actions against companies like this while ours does the minimal possible.

It’s a sad reflection on Allegheny County.  Who wants to live here when this kind of pollution is allowed to happen?

August 25, 2021 - Second Complaint

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day:  1:33 p.m.

Observation: In-person by Emsworth resident from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Explosion, heavy smoke emissions and odor from the shredder at Metalico

Submitted to ACHD:  Yes  

Description:  Heard/felt a muffled explosion at the shredder. You can see in the photos below the emissions it caused. THIS HAPPENS AT LEAST ONCE A DAY!  

August 25, 2021

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day:  1:20 p.m.

Observation: In-person by Emsworth resident from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Heavy smoke emissions and odor from shredder at Metalico

Submitted to ACHD:  Yes  

Description:  Heavy emissions on and off all day long. Very opaque, not steam. There’s a haze over Metalico on the island. Air smells like melting, hot plastic. Not sure how they’re allowed to operate like this on a code orange air quality day when the air around here is already very bad. Examples of emissions are shown in the photos below.

August 23, 2021

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day:  1:52 p.m.

Observation: In-person by Emsworth resident from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Smoke emissions at Metalico - possibly an explosion and fire.

Submitted to ACHD:  Yes  

Description:  Emsworth resident observed smoke emissions at Metalico that appeared as though there could be a fire there.  They heard a muffled sound that sounded like an explosion coming from the shredder.  There was a lot of noise and muffled thuds coming from Metalico.  The photos below show what they saw.

August  20, 2021

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of  Day: 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Observation: Viewed on video from camera across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Bursts of opaque smoke emissions from shredder at Metalico  

Submitted to ACHD: Yes

Description:  Available footage of video at accancamera.com showed the shredder at Metalico operating from about 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  During that entire time, the shredder emitted frequent bursts of opaque smoke emissions.  During one, one hour period from about 1:00 - 2:00 p.m., there were at least 9 bursts of emissions.  Examples of bursts during two time periods are shown in the videos below.

August 19, 2021

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day: 9:35  - 10:00 a.m

Observation: Viewed in person from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Bursts of smoke emissions from shredder at Metalico 

Submitted to ACHD: Yes

Description:  While viewing Metalico in  person, I observed that the shredder was periodically emitting bursts of opaque smoke emissions.  An example of this is shown in the video below.

August 9, 2021

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of  Day: 7:14 - 7:35 a.m.

Observation: Viewed on video from camera across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Open burning on Metalico site 

Submitted to ACHD: Yes

Description:  While observing video at accancamera.com of Metalico for August 9th, I observed open burning at the same location of the fire at Metalico on May 22, 2021.  The burning was taking place at least from 7:14 - 7:35 a.m.  Video of a portion of that time is included below.

August 2, 2021

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of  Day: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Observation: Viewed on video from camera across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Bursts of opaque smoke emissions from the operation of the shredder at Metalico  

Submitted to ACHD: Yes

Description:  While watching Metalico on video at accancamera.com,  I observed bursts of opaque smoke emissions coming from the operation of the shredder, which was operating from about 7:10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.   The video below shows an example of the emissions.

July 30, 2021 - Second Complaint

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day: 2:30 p.m.

Observation: Viewed on video from camera across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Dust clouds raised by equipment operating at Metalico 

Submitted to ACHD: Yes

Description:  While observing Metalico on video on July 30, 2021, I observed dust clouds being raised by equipment operating at Metalico. Included in this activity was the loading of material into a barge.  This activity raising dust clouds continued for some time.  An example is shown in the video below.  Also included below is a screenshot of readings from the RAMP monitor that is at the camera site in Emsworth.   The screenshot shows a spike in PM at the same time that the dust clouds were being raised on Metalico’s site.

July 30, 2021

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day: 7:15 a.m. - 2:50 p.m.

Observation: Viewed on video from camera across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Bursts of opaque smoke emissions from the operation of the shredder at Metalico  

Submitted to ACHD: Yes

Description:  While observing Metalico on video on July 30, 2021, I observed that the shredder was operating from about 7:20 a.m. to at least 2:50 p.m.  During most of that time, the shredder frequently emitted bursts of opaque smoke emissions.  An example of this is shown in the video below.

July 26, 2021

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day: 7:20 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Observation: Viewed on video from camera across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Burst of opaque smoke emissions from the operation of the shredder at Metalico  

Submitted to ACHD: Yes

Description:  While observing Metalico on video on July 26, 2021, I observed that the shredder was operating from about 7:20 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  During most of that time, the shredder frequently emitted bursts of opaque smoke emissions.  An example of this is shown in the video below.

July 17, 2021 - Second Complaint

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day:  12:32 p.m.

Observation: In-person by Emsworth resident from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Explosion at shredder with lots of emissions.

Submitted to ACHD:  Yes  

Description: Heard and witnessed a muffled, (but loud enough), explosion at the shredder. Lots of emissions.  They have been noticing more of these muffled explosions within the past few months but was not able to capture one until today.  

July 17, 2021

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day:  9:30 a.m. - ongoing

Observation: In-person by Emsworth resident from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Heavy emissions and overwhelming acrid odor coming from the operation of Metalico’s shredder

Submitted to ACHD:  Yes  

Description: Metalico is operating the shredder on a SATURDAY, creating heavy emissions and filling the air with a THICK AND OVERWHELMINGLY ACRID odor of melting plastic /rubber /metal. They are also creating huge amounts of noise with the operation of the shredder and by dumping/moving heavy scrap.

Their neighborhood is forced to deal with Metalico’s foul odors and extreme 80+ decibel noise pollution that regularly crosses their property line into their RESIDENTIALLY ZONED neighborhood every single day of the week.

Not only does this activity force their neighborhood to alter their daily lives Monday-Friday, but now they can’t even have 2 weekend days that are relatively quiet and not filled with foul air.  (And the odor IS coming from Metalico because they normally don’t operate the shredder on a Saturday.)

The neighborhood kids can’t play outside, ON A SATURDAY, when the odor gets this bad. Do you understand what a gut-punch it is to tell a 7yr. old that they can’t play in their own back yard because the company across the river is making the air smell bad?!

They and their neighbors can’t work outside or even have friends/ family over to enjoy a day on their own back porches/yards because of the overwhelming smell!  It literally causes headaches, nausea, burns their throat, and leaves an odd metallic taste in their mouth after breathing it in for a few minutes.

THIS IS OUTRAGEOUS AND IT’S NOT RIGHT!!

Metalico should not be allowed to freely destroy the quality of life, and potentially the health, of a neighboring RESIDENTIALLY-ZONED community!

June 29, 2021 - Second Complaint

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day: 9:18 p.m and ongoing.

Observation: Viewed on video from camera across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Dust clouds raised from activity on Metalico site  

Submitted to ACHD: Yes

Description:  While watching video of Metalico at accancamera.com, I observed huge dust clouds being raised by activity on the Metalico site starting at around 9:18 p.m. and continuing for at least an hour, as shown in the video below.

June 29, 2021

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day: 10:00 a.m. and ongoing.

Observation: Viewed on video from camera across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Dust clouds raised from activity on Metalico site  

Submitted to ACHD: Yes

Description:  While watching video of the Metalico site, I observed dust clouds raised from activity on different parts of the site.  The video below shows dust clouds being raised from a spot next to the large pile.

June 28, 2021 - Second Complaint

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day: 2:00 p.m and ongoing.

Observation: Viewed on video from camera across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Dust clouds raised from activity on Metalico site  

Submitted to ACHD: Yes

Description:  While viewing video at accancamera.com, I observed dust clouds being raised and blowing across the river from the Metalico site, as shown on the video below.

June 28, 2021

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day:  10:30 a.m. - ongoing

Observation: In-person by Emsworth resident from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Heavy odor coming from the operation of Metalico’s shredder and deafening noise coming from the loading of metal into a barge

Submitted to ACHD:  Yes  

Description:  Heavy odor, and sometimes heavy emissions, coming from the shredder. It smells like melting plastic, rubber, gasoline and hot motor oil.

Metalico is also using two machines to load a barge with scrap and the noise is deafening. Every time one of those machines flings a pile of scrap into the barge, it sounds like a gunshot and explosion rolled into one. One explosive noise after the other every few seconds for hours on end. (Well past 80 decibels). It pierces your eardrums and causes a high-pitched hum in your ear after experiencing it for a few minutes.

Two of their neighbors were working outside but had to stop what they were doing this morning when the loading started because the noise was so loud. They can’t work on their porch repairs today because of the noise.

June 26, 2021

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day:  9:25 a.m. -time of complaint/shredder operating from 7:15 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Observation: In-person by Emsworth resident from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Heavy odor of melting plastic and rubber coming from the operation of Metalico’s shredder

Submitted to ACHD:  Yes  

Description:  Metalico was operating the shredder on a SATURDAY, creating heavy, thick odors of melting plastic and rubber.  They are also creating huge amounts of noise by dumping heavy scrap and moving scrap piles.

Their neighborhood doesn’t usually experience this strength of odor on the weekends but then Metalico normally doesn’t operate the shredder on weekends either.

Not only do they have to alter their lives during the week due to the activity of this nuisance company but now they can’t even have 2 weekend days that are relatively quiet and less smelly.  During the week, they can’t invite friends/family over because of the smell and noise. They can’t let the neighborhood kids play outside when the odor gets bad. They can’t even mow our lawns or work in their own gardens because of the smell from Metalico and its shredder. It literally causes headaches, nausea, and burns their throat after breathing it in for a few minutes.

June 25, 2021 - Second Complaint

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day: 5:40 - 6:30 p.m.

Observation: Viewed on video from camera across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Dust clouds raised from activity on Metalico site  

Submitted to ACHD: Yes

Description:   While observing video on accancamera.com, I observed dust clouds raised by activity on the Metalico site, as illustrated in the video below.

June 25, 2021

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day: 1:40 p.m.

Observation: Viewed on video from camera across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Burst of opaque smoke emission coming from the shredder at Metalico  

Submitted to ACHD: Yes

Description:  While viewing video of Metalico at accancamera.com,  I observed periodic bursts of opaque smoke emissions from Metalico. During an approximately one hour period from 1:40 - 2:40 p.m., there were at least eight to ten such bursts. The video below shows an example of these bursts.  It seems that the controls Metalico is using for its shredder don’t consistently work to prevent these smoke emissions.

June 24, 2021

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day: 8:15 p.m.

Observation: Viewed on video from camera across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Dust clouds raised from activity on Metalico site  

Submitted to ACHD: Yes

Description:   While observing video on accancamera.com, I observed dust clouds raised by activity on the Metalico site, as illustrated in the video below.

June 23, 2021

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day:  12:45 p.m. - Ongoing

Observation: In-person by Emsworth resident from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Heavy, opaque smoke emissions coming from the shredder and dust clouds generated when scrap piles are moved around

Submitted to ACHD:  Yes  

Description:  Heavy, opaque emissions coming from the shredder that linger in the air.  This has been happening all morning. An example of this is shown in the video below

A lot of dust is being kicked up and blowing across the river from the green vehicle with the magnetic arm. It’s moving scrap piles inside the open building and NO ONE is wetting the material.  Metalico seems to have altogether stopped wetting ANY materials when working in the open building. They’ve witnessed, on four separate occasions in the past few weeks, excavators loading dump trucks with scrap.  Huge dust clouds are created inside the building which then spill out across the river. No wetting at all being done.  An example of this is shown in the second video below.

June 21, 2021 - Second Complaint

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day: 12:30 p.m. and on going

Observation: Viewed on video from camera across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Dust clouds raised from activity on Metalico site  

Submitted to ACHD: Yes

Description:  While viewing Metalico on the camera at accancamera.com, I viewed dust clouds generated by activity on the Metalico site.

June 21, 2021

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day:  8:30 a.m. - Ongoing

Observation: In-person by Emsworth resident from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint: Smoke emissions and heavy odor of melting plastic coming from the shredder at Metalico

Submitted to ACHD:  Yes  

Description:  Heavy odor of melting plastics was coming from the shredder since 8:30am in the morning. The odor became extremely heavy at 8:40 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. to the point that they could smell it walking a block away from their house and breathing it in caused throat irritation and a massive headache. The interior of their home was polluted with the odor as well.

June 14, 2021

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day: 7:20 - 8:20 a.m.

Observation: Viewed on video from camera across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Opaque smoke emissions from shredder at Metalico  

Submitted to ACHD: Yes

Description:  While viewing video at accancamera.com, I saw opaque smoke emissions coming from the shredder at Metalico, as illustrated in the video below.

June 9, 2021

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day: 6:00 p.m. and ongoing

Observation: Viewed on video from camera across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Dust clouds raised at Metalico  

Submitted to ACHD: Yes

Description:  While viewing video at accancamera.com, I saw dust clouds being raised by some type of activity at Metalico, as shown in the video below.

June 8, 2021

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day: 5:15 p.m. and ongoing

Observation: Viewed on video from camera across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Dust clouds raised at Metalico  

Submitted to ACHD: Yes

Description:  While viewing video at accancamera.com, I saw dust clouds being raised at Metalico, as shown in the video below.  The screenshot below shows that the RAMP monitor registered a PM 2.5 spike during the same time period.

June 3, 2021 - Second Complaint

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day:  10:15 a.m. and 1:55 pm  

Observation: In-person by Emsworth resident from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint: Heavy & opaque smoke emissions and heavy/thick odor

Submitted to ACHD:  Yes  

Description: Heavy/thick odors of hot melting plastic and rubber. Strong enough for them to notice it while sitting inside their home with one window open. Also strong enough today to cause them to have a headache. It was like standing inside a burning auto garage and breathing in all the fumes.

-At times, heavy and opaque emissions lingering in the air above the shredder.

June 3, 2021

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day: 8:50 to 9:30 a.m.

Observation: Observed Metalico IN PERSON from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Excessive, opaque smoke emissions from the shredder at Metalico

Submitted to ACHD: Yes..

Description: I observed Metalico in person from 8:50 - 9:30 a.m.  During that time the shredder frequently produced excessive, opaque smoke emissions to the extent that the emissions hung in the air over the site.  An example of this is included in the video below.

June 1, 2021

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day:  10:02 pm - Ongoing

Observation: In-person by Emsworth resident from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint: Noise late at night

Submitted to ACHD:  Yes  

Description:  Metalico has been operating heavy equipment, (after hours), since 8pm and it continued as they wrote their email complaint.  This activity has been increasing and lasting longer for the past few months. Interestingly, they turn off the floodlights near the river when this activity occurs.

-They are using huge metal front loaders to scrape /push debris (?) on the concrete which can be heard and vibrations felt throughout their home. The loaders are making back up noises every few seconds and a large truck is beeping its horn every few minutes.

They could also hear large piles of metal either being pushed or dumped on the property as well as what sounds like a dump truck being loaded with debris and what sounds like heavy diesel engine exhaust pipes.

This is crazy! They violate Emsworth’s noise ordinance throughout the daytime and make them sick with their emissions and now they have to deal with this noise late at night when people and kids are trying to sleep??  This company is a public nuisance and it’s activity is only increasing and getting worse.

May 27, 2021

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day: 9:15 to 10:00 a.m.

Observation: Observed Metalico IN PERSON from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Excessive, opaque smoke emissions from the shredder at Metalico

Submitted to ACHD: Yes..

Description: I observed Metalico from 9:15 - 10:00 a.m. in person.  During that period, Metalico’’s shredder, at times, produced excessive,  opaque smoke emissions.  An example of this is illustrated in the video below.

May 26, 2021

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day: 2:10 - 2:15 p.m.

Observation: Viewed on video from camera across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Dust clouds raised by equipment at Metalico  

Submitted to ACHD: Yes

Description:  Dust clouds were created by equipment driving around on Metalico’s site.  An example of this is shown in the video below; however, these dust clouds were created throughout the day.

May 25, 2021

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day:  2:00 pm  - Ongoing

Observation: In-person by Emsworth resident from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint: Smoke emissions, blowing dust and noise

Submitted to ACHD:  Yes  

Description: Metalico is again loading a barge with scrap metal, this time they are dumping it from the open building. ResidentI can literally feel the vibrations of the metal hitting the barge in their home.  It sounds like cars crashing at high speeds right next to their window or a 3-story high shelving unit filled with giant pots and pans being knocked over.   There is also a large amount of dust blowing around the area of the new dock and at times, heavy emissions that linger. (Not steam).

May 24, 2021

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day:  On and off for most of  the  day

Observation: In-person by Emsworth resident from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint: Smoke emissions,

Submitted to ACHD:  Yes  

Description: Smoke emissions on and off for most of the day.

May 22,2021 - Second Complaint

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day:  11:25 a.m.

Observation: In-person by Emsworth resident from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint: Fire at Metalico.

Submitted to ACHD:  Yes  

Description: ANOTHER FIRE!! Something was burning on the property near the mountain of cars. It smells terrible.  This time, unlike the April 14th fire, the wind was not  blowing directly at my home.

If Metalico cannot operate in a way that doesn’t produce excessive air pollution that blows into their community, they believe that the Health Department NEEDs TO SHUT THIS PLACE DOWN!!  They are poisoning their neighborhood with their fumes.

May 22, 2021

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day: From about 9:50 - 11:30 a.m.

Observation: Viewed on video from camera across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Fire at Metalico producing a cloud of thick smoke emissions that turned black for about 10 minutes. 

Submitted to ACHD:  Yes

Description:  A fire started at around 9:50 a.m. in a location away from the shredder.  On 12/15/20, 3/2/21 and 3/3/21,  I observed smoke emissions rising from that same location.  On those occasions it was clearly a case of open burning, so I submitted complaints to the Health Department.  I received a response from ACHD on only one of those occasions (after the 12/15/20 occurrence). I was told that enforcement staff would discuss it with Metalico. Since I submitted two more complaints, they should have taken further action to require Metalico to stop open burning there.  If they had, it would have prevented the fire that occurred on 5/22/21.

The smoke emissions from the fire started at around 9:50 a.m. and gradually grew into a thicker and larger plume. By 10:45 the plume got very large and at around 10:50 it became thick and black for about 10 minutes.  The plume of heavy smoke emissions continued until around 11:30 a.m.  

May 21, 2021

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day:  10:00 a.m.  - ongoing

Observation: In-person by Emsworth resident from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint: Heavy opaque emissions and very strong odor

Submitted to ACHD:  Yes  

Description: Overwhelmingly strong odor of melted plastic, rubber, and oil/gas.  The fumes are so strong that it gave them a headache and made them nauseous.  They first noticed it INSIDE their home and subsequently had to close all of their windows on three separate instances since 10am to keep the odor out.  (They do not have air conditioning and have to open their windows.)

There are also, at times, extremely heavy, opaque emissions coming from the shredder. Not steam.

May 18 & 19, 2021

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day:  On May 18, 8:00 am-4:00 pm/on May 19, 8:00 am - ongoing

Observation: In-person by Emsworth resident from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint: Extreme noise at Metalico during loading of metal into barge.

Submitted to ACHD:  No.  ACHD doesn’t regulate noise.  Complaint was sent to Emsworth Borough officials, Ohio Township police department, State Representative Anita Kulik and Neville Township..  

Description: Metalico was dropping heavy pieces of junk metal into a metal barge on the river from the equivalent of a 3-story building.  The noise generated by the metal hitting the barge reaches well past 85 decibels and this was going on, non-stop, all day on the 18th and constant since 8am on the 19th.

The noise is extremely loud and jarring and can be easily heard throughout their home even with all windows closed.

May 6, 2021

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day:  7:42 - 8:34pm and ongoing

Observation: In Person by Emsworth resident from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint: Dust clouds generated by heavy machinery moving scrap around.

Submitted to ACHD:  Yes.  

Description: Dust clouds generated when a front loader was scraping the areas around the shredding pile. This loader was scraping /creating dust for over an hour. No water was used to mitigate dust. In addition a claw-grabbing machine moving scrap onto the shredding pile was also creating large dust clouds. No water was used to mitigate dust. This is a regular occurrence where Metalico operates, either extremely early (5am-6am) or late at night (past 11pm) and does not mitigate the dust they create.

The video and photos below illustrate this activity.

May 3, 2021

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day: From 7:15 - 7:20 a.m..

Observation: Viewed on video from camera across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Excessive, opaque smoke emissions from the shredder at Metalico  

Submitted to ACHD:  No

Description:  While watching Metalico on video at accancamera.com, I observed the shredder produce excessive, opaque smoke emissions.

April 29, 2021 - Third Complaint

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day:  Started at 7:20am -still ongoing as of 2pm

Observation: In-person by Emsworth resident from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint: Emissions and very heavy odor coming from Metalico’s shredder along with extremely loud noise.

Submitted to ACHD:  Yes.  

Description: Heavy odor of melted plastic/metal/rubber coming from the shredder and thick, opaque emissions (not steam) coming from the shredder. The wind is blowing the pollution/foul odor across the river directly into Their neighborhood.

Metalico is still dumping heavy scrap metal into a metal barge. They did this all day yesterday and have been doing it today, continuously since 7:20am this morning. They are flinging scrap metal the size of cars into a metal barge that is the equivalent of a 3-story drop. It sounds like cars are crashing/crushing every ten seconds and their nerves are completely shot.  It’s the most jarring, nerve shattering noise that makes their ears ring and their whole body tense up with every explosive drop. They can’t escape the noise nor can they do any work IN THEIR OWN HOME!  THEY’RE beyond disgusted and fed up.  PLEASE DO SOMETHING TO STOP THIS!!!

April 29, 2021 - Second Complaint

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day: 9:40 to 10:04 a.m.

Observation: Observed Metalico IN PERSON from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Excessive, opaque smoke emissions from the shredder at Metalico

Submitted to ACHD: Yes..

Description:  I observed Metalico in person from 9:40 to 10:04 a.m.  It was overcast at that time.  While observing Metalico in person  the shredder was operating and producing heavy,opaque smoke emissions, to the extent that it was creating a haze over the site.  Examples of the emissions are shown in the video below.

April 29, 2021

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day:  7:15 a.m. ongoing

Observation: In-person by Emsworth resident from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint: Emissions and very heavy odor coming from Metalico’s shredder along with extremely loud noise.

Submitted to ACHD:  Yes.  

Description: Heavy odor of melted plastic/metal/rubber coming from the shredder that started as soon as it began operating.  Opaque emissions (not steam) coming from the shredder.

Again, for the second day in a row, Metalico is  dumping heavy scrap metal into a metal barge.  The explosive noise woke them up at 7:20am. It was non-stop and continuous after that. Again, this noise makes it extremely difficult to work/make calls from their home because it can be heard, loudly, inside.

Metalico has been increasing this activity from once every few months to every month, and now 2-4 times a month. It’s so extreme that it’s forcing them and their neighbors to leave their OWN homes to get away from it.  And when they can’t leave their homes, they are forced to rearrange their work schedules, their school schedules, and

even the guests who are visiting their  homes to try to mitigate the explosive noises that last all day long.  They can’t even have their 86 yr. old mother come to spend the day with them because the noise level is so alarmingly loud.

If they made anything close to that level of noise in their neighborhood, they would be arrested and fined. METALICO’S IS 1,330 FT. (LESS THAN 1/4 MILE) AWAY FROM THEIR FRONT DOORS! HOW IS THIS LEGAL?? The noise they create is regularly well beyond 85 decibels and this is constant, all day long. They are a public nuisance that is harming their health, their hearing, and their basic rights as a residential community member.

April 28, 2021

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day:  8:30 a.m. ongoing

Observation: In-person by Emsworth resident from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint: Opaque emissions and very heavy odor coming from Metalico’s shredder along with extremely loud noise.

Submitted to ACHD:  Yes.  

Description:Extremely heavy odor of melted plastic/metal/rubber and burnt motor oil(?)

The shredder is operating and the wind is blowing the odor directly across the river into their home to the point where they can’t have their windows open nor can they work in their yard outside because the smell is so acrid.

-At times, heavy, opaque emissions coming from the shredder and lingering in the air. (It’s not steam)

-Ear drum shattering noise from Metalico dumping scrap metal into a metal barge, non-stop, since 8:30am. It sounds like explosive high speed car crashes every 10 seconds right next to their home. Standing outside, for a even a few minutes, listening to the noise causes their ears to ring, similar to how they’ve felt at a concert when standing too close to an amplifier. How is that not a “Health” Department issue?

April 27, 2021

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day: From 9:32 - 9:37 a.m..

Observation: Viewed on video from camera across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Excessive, opaque smoke emissions from the shredder at Metalico  

Submitted to ACHD:  No

Description: While watching Metalico on video at accancamera.com, I observed the shredder produce excessive, opaque smoke emissions.

April 20, 2021

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day:  7:15 a.m. ongoing

Observation: In-person by Emsworth resident from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint: Emissions and very heavy odor coming from Metalico’s shredder along with extremely loud noise.

Submitted to ACHD:  Yes.  

Description: The shredder was operating and there was, at times, a HEAVY odor of burning plastic/metal.

-They were also loading scrap into a barge which sounds like cars being dropped off a 3 story building into a metal dumpster.

-Not only is their neighborhood dealing with the fumes today and the loading noise, they are also creating ear drum-shattering noises with the metal they’re adding to the loading dock. The vibrations from this are literally shaking their windows.

THIS IS THE SECOND DAY IN A ROW!

They are OUTRAGED that they are allowed to operate so soon after the April 14th fire. They are OUTRAGED that they and a number of their neighbors had to stay in a hotel that night in order to get away from the fumes. For hours, the wind was blowing the smoke directly across the river in clouds so thick it was hard to see their neighbors home.  It infiltrated every floor of their home making it impossible to stay.

They are OUTRAGED that when they returned home the next day, it still smelled so bad that theyI had to open all the windows in cold weather to air it out. TheyI found a layer of gray dust COVERING every surface in their home, and the exterior of their home.

They are most OUTRAGED and most disgusted by the fact that the Health department did NOTHING to protect or warn their community about what they were breathing in, how toxic was it, and what we should do. The Health department left families with infants, little kids, pets and people w/compromised immune systems hanging, not knowing what to do and in real fear for their health. Their lungs were congested for three days from whatever it was we were breathing in.

This is unacceptable and extremely discouraging.

April 14, 2021

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day:  4:10 p.m. ongoing

Observation: In-person by Emsworth resident from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint: Fire at Metalico producing thick smoke that is blowing directly at them across the river

Submitted to ACHD:  Yes.  

Description: Metalico was apparently on fire. They first smelled it and saw smoke at 4:10 p.m..  They noticed smoke coming from the shredder area as well as the mountain of wrecked cars next to it. The smoke and the smell was beyond explanation. The smoke is blowing directly across the river into Emsworth.  
They and their neighbors were experiencing burning throats, burning eyes, and it was difficult to breathe.  The fire and smoke lasted into the night and they had to leave their homes and stay somewhere else overnight.

The fire lasted into the night.  Fire companies were working on it until after 10:00 p.m. The videos below show the fire at different points during the day and evening.

Also included below is a screenshot of readings from air monitors in Emsworth directly across the river from Metalico .The peak of VOC readings was approximately 5,680 PPB of totalVOC and continued between 4:30pm-8:30pm. RAMP Carbon Monoxide reached 1,011 PPM  and RAMP PM2.5 reached 835 micrograms/cubic meter with the same general time of high readings.

April 9, 2021

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day:  11:30 a.m. - ongoing

Observation: In-person by Emsworth resident from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint: Opaque smoke emission and strong odors coming from Metalico’s shredder

Submitted to ACHD:  Yes.  

Description: Opaque smoke emissions coming from the shredder and a strong overwhelming odor of burnt plastic and motor oil?? They were only outside for a few minutes but the odor was so strong it instantly gave me a headache.  In addition to a video of the shredder emissions also included below are two screenshots that show that, at the time of their complaint, the Emsworth RAMP recorded a spike in PM2.5 and the Emsworth VOC monitor showed a spike in total VOCS.  This seems to corroborate that the emissions from Metalico's shredder at that time may be the source of the overwhelmingly strong odor that instantly gave them a headache.  The first screenshot is from the “Live Camera” page at accancamera.com.  The second screenshot is from environmentaldata.org

April 6, 2021

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day:  5:19 - 5:40 a.m.

Observation: In-person by Emsworth resident from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint: Extreme noise at Metalico during loading metal into barge.

Submitted to ACHD:  No.  ACHD doesn’t regulate noise.  Complaint was sent to Emsworth Borough officials, Ohio Township police department, State Representative Anita Kulik and Neville Township..  

Description: Metalico was moving heavy scrap metal inside the open building with a large excavator. This started after the metal was dumped onto the floor by a truck.  The noise was so loud that it jolted/woke up everyone in their household.

March 31, 2021

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day:  7:30 - 8:00 a.m.

Observation: In-person by Emsworth resident from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint: Heavy, opaque emissions coming out of shredder along with melted plastic/rubber odor.

Submitted to ACHD:  Yes

Description: Heavy, opaque emissions coming out of the shredder and lingering/spreading across the island. It has been consistently heavy and hazy since 7:15am and is happening now at the time of this email being sent (8:00 a.m.). Typical odor of melted plastic/rubber can be smelled with varying intensity.

March 30, 2021

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day:  8:00 a.m. -  2:00 p.m.

Observation: In-person by Emsworth resident from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint: Extreme noise at Metalico during loading metal into barge.

Submitted to ACHD:  No.  ACHD doesn’t regulate noise.  Complaint was sent to Emsworth Borough officials, Ohio Township police department and State Representative Anita Kulik.  

Description:  Emsworth resident reported that this was the 2nd day in a row that Metalico had been dumping scrap metal into a metal barge on the river. Two SOLID days of non-stop noise that sounds like explosive high-speed car crashes every 30 seconds right next to their home.

The noise level is beyond excessive and can be heard throughout their home to the point that theyI have to wear earplugs and can’t work or make phone calls. It shatters the nerves and is extremely jarring to hear and feel the vibrations from the metal hitting the barge. They and their neighbors, have literally been forced to leave THEIR OWN HOMES in order to work! This is outrageous and it’s occurring more and more frequently.

They do not understand how this nuisance company is allowed to destroy and violate the noise ordinance of a neighboring, residential town. Neville Township needs to be contacted by our council and informed of the situation. It’s intolerable that Neville and Metalico are allowed to freely trample all over the rights of Emsworth residents and their council does absolutely nothing about it.

March 26, 2021

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day:  7:15 a.m. -ongoing

Observation: In-person by Emsworth resident from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint: Heavy, thick smell of hot plastic/metal.

Submitted to ACHD:  Yes.  

Description:  Heavy, thick smell of hot plastic/metal. So bad they could smell it by their car on the opposite side of  their house from Metalico. The odor is always strongest when the shredder is running but you can also smell a weaker version when it’s hot or when the wind is blowing from Metalico across the river. That morning it was strong and, at the time, there were slight emissions and something going-on near the shredder (see video below).

March 25, 2021

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day: 9:30 to 9:50 a.m.

Observation: Observed Metalico IN PERSON from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Opaque smoke emissions from the shredder at Metalico

Submitted to ACHD: Yes..

Description:  I observed Metalico in person from 9:30 to 9:50 a.m.  It was partially overcast at that time.  While observing Metalico in person  the shredder was operating and producing opaque smoke emissions.  There was also a strong chemical odor in the air.  Examples of the emissions are shown in the video below.

March 24, 2021

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day: From 7:36 - 7:40 a.m..

Observation: Viewed on video from camera across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Huge explosion in the shredder at Metalico accompanied by heavy smoke emissions

Submitted to ACHD:  Yes

Description:  As shown in the video below, there was a huge explosion in the shredder at Metalico at about 7:37 a.m.  The explosion was accompanied by a very large cloud of smoke emissions.  

March 11, 2021

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day: From 2:22 - 2:27 p.m.

Observation: Viewed on video from camera across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Heavy smoke emissions from the shredder at Metalico

Submitted to ACHD:  Yes

Description: The shredder at Metalico was operating from about 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. on March 11th.  During  that time it was frequently producing heavy smoke emissions.  An example of this is shown in the video below.  

March 10, 2021

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day: From 12:59 - 1:06 p.m.

Observation: Viewed on video from camera across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Heavy smoke emissions from the shredder at Metalico

Submitted to ACHD:  Yes

Description: The shredder at Metalico was operating from about 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on March 10th.  During  that time it was frequently producing heavy smoke emissions.  An example of this is shown in the video below.  At the same time that the video was captured, the PM2.5 measurement on the CMU RAMP monitor in Emsworth also spiked. This can be viewed below in the screenshot of  the “Live Camera” page at accancamera.com.  The screenshot shows both the spike in PM2.5 and the very excessive smoke emissions coming off the shredder at the same time.  This illustrates that, in some cases when the sun is in the wrong position, the air monitor readings are additional evidence of very excessive smoke emissions.

March 8, 2021

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day: From 11:10 - 11:15 a.m.

Observation: Viewed on video from camera across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Heavy smoke emissions from the shredder at Metalico

Submitted to ACHD:  Yes

Description: The shredder at Metalico was operating from about 8:45 a.m. to 1:50 p.m. on March 8th.  During  that time it was frequently producing heavy smoke emissions.  An example of this is shown in the video below.  At the same time that the video was captured, the VOC monitor in Emsworth spiked and that can be viewed at voc.createlab.org.

March 8, 2021

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day: From at least 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.

Observation: Viewed by Emsworth resident from across the river in Emsworth.

Type of Complaint:  Thick dust clouds being raised behind Metalico 

Submitted to ACHD:  Yes

Description:  Thick dust clouds were being raised on the other side of the island behind Metalico as shown on the video below.  These dust clouds may have been coming from  Neville Terminal Services at 4700 Neville Rd. or Neville Aggregates at 3501 Neville Rd.

March 5, 2021

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day: From 7:24 - 7:29 a.m.

Observation: Viewed on video from camera across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Heavy smoke emissions from the shredder at Metalico

Submitted to ACHD:  Yes

Description: The shredder at Metalico was operating from about 7:20 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on March 5th.  During  that time it was often producing heavy smoke emissions.  An example of this is shown in the video below.

March 3, 2021

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day: From 12:30. - 3:00 p.m.

Observation: Viewed on video from camera across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Heavy smoke emissions from the shredder at Metalico

Submitted to ACHD:  Yes

Description: The shredder at Metalico was operating from about 12:30  to 3:00 p.m. on March 3rd.  During most of that time it was producing heavy smoke emissions.  An example of this is shown in the video below.

March 3, 2021

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day: From 9:05 - 9:10 a.m.

Observation: Viewed on video from camera across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Smoke emissions from apparent open burning at Metalico

Submitted to ACHD:  Yes

Description: I observed smoke emissions from what appeared to be open burning at Metalico, as is shown in the video below.

March 2, 2021

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day: From 7:12 - 7:17 a.m.

Observation: Viewed on video from camera across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Smoke emissions from apparent open burning at Metalico

Submitted to ACHD:  Yes.

Description: I observed smoke emissions from what appeared to be open burning at Metalico at various times during the day in the same location.  An example of this is shown in the video below.

March 2, 2021

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day: From 7:20 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Observation: Viewed on video from camera across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Heavy smoke emissions from the shredder at Metalico

Submitted to ACHD:  Yes.

Description: The shredder at Metalico was operating from about 7:20 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on March 2nd.  During most of that time it often produced heavy smoke emissions.  An example of this is shown in the video below.

February 25, 2021

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day: 9:30 to 9:55 a.m.

Observation: Observed Metalico IN PERSON from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Smoke emissions from the shredder at Metalico

Submitted to ACHD: Yes..

Description:  I observed Metalico in person from 9:30 to 9:55 a.m.  During most of that time the shredder was operating and would sometimes produce heavy smoke emissions as shown in the video below.  Subsequently, I viewed Metalico’s  operation on accancamera.com.  The shredder was operating on the 25th from about 8:35 a.m.  to 3:00 p.m. During much of that time, the shredder was producing heavy smoke emissions.

February 24, 2021

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day:  12:30 -ongoing

Observation: In-person by Emsworth resident from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint: Heavy emissions and odor and extreme noise levels for second day in a row

Submitted to ACHD:  Yes.  Because it is a noise complaint, it was also submitted to Neville Township, Emsworth Borough and State Representative Anita Kulik..

Description:  Today is the second day in a row where there have been extremely heavy, opaque emissions coming from the shredder as well as the usual odor of burnt plastics/materials. These emissions last for hours.

Today is also the second day where there has been constant, (since 7:30am) of machines dumping huge piles of scrap metal into barges. It’s like hearing a high speed car collision every few seconds for hours on end.

The odor, hazy air, and ear-splitting noise have caused severe headache and difficulty breathing while outside on the first nice, warm day in months.

February 23, 2021

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day:  7:30 a.m.-8:45 a.m./Noise all day

Observation: In-person by Emsworth resident from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint: Heavy emissions and odor and extreme noise levels

Submitted to ACHD:  Yes.  Because it is a noise complaint, it was also submitted to Neville Township, Emsworth Borough, Ohio Township Police and State Representative Anita Kulik..

Description: Extremely heavy, opaque emissions coming from the shredder as well as strong odor of burnt plastics/materials. The emissions were heavy and constant for most of the day.

Metalico was loading barges at 7am with 2 machines simultaneously dropping huge piles of scrap metal into metal barges from the equivalent of a 2-3 story building.  The noise was extremely explosive and nerve-shattering and it happened every few seconds, all day long until 5pm. It’s like hearing a high speed car collision every few seconds for hours on end.

The noise makes it impossible for them to work from home as it can be heard through their computer by other parties. This is the 3rd day this month where the noise was like this.

Metalico continued making extremely loud noises well past 11:30pm with constant bangs from a machine moving metal near the car heap and from a front loader scraping the concrete around the shredder. (This lasted for a couple of hours). They can feel the vibrations in their home every time they scrape.

February 18, 2021

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day: 9:55 to 10:15 a.m.

Observation: Observed Metalico IN PERSON from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Smoke emissions from the shredder at Metalico

Submitted to ACHD: Yes..

Description:  I observed Metalico in person from 9:55 to 10:15 a.m.  During the entire time the shredder was operating and, for much of that time it was producing heavy smoke emissions.  Subsequently, I viewed Metalico’s  operation on accancamera.com.  The shredder was operating on the 18th from about 7:30 to 10:15 a.m. During that entire time, the shredder was producing heavy emissions, as it was when I viewed it in person from 9:55 - 10:15 a.m.

February 12, 2021

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day: From 10:38 - 10:43 a.m.

Observation: Viewed on video from camera across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Heavy smoke emissions from the shredder at Metalico

Submitted to ACHD:  Yes.

Description: The shredder at Metalico was operating from about 9:40 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on February 12th.  During that time it often produced heavy smoke emissions.  An example of this is shown in the video below.

February 10, 2021

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day: From 1:58 - 2:01 p.m.

Observation: Viewed on video from camera across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Burst of heavy smoke emissions from the shredder at Metalico

Submitted to ACHD:  No.  Sufficient examples of smoke emissions were submitted to ACHD this week.

Description: The shredder at Metalico was operating from about 7:15 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on February 10th.  During that time it would sometimes produce bursts of heavy smoke emissions.  An example of this is shown in the video below.

February 8, 2021

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day: From 9:30 - 9:38 a.m.

Observation: Viewed on video from camera across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Heavy smoke emissions from the shredder at Metalico

Submitted to ACHD:  Yes.

Description: The shredder at Metalico was operating from about 8:20 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on February 8th.  During that time it often produced heavy smoke emissions.  An example of this is shown in the video below.

February 4, 2021

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day: 9:30 to 9:55 a.m.

Observation: Observed Metalico IN PERSON from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Smoke emissions from the shredder at Metalico

Submitted to ACHD: Yes..

Description:  I observed Metalico in person from 9:30 to 9:55 a.m.  During the entire time the shredder was operating and producing significant, heavy smoke emissions.

February 1, 2021

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day:  11:16 a.m. and ongoing

Observation: In-person by Emsworth resident from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Extremely loud noise from Metalico loading a barge with metal scrap

Submitted to ACHD:  Yes.  Because it is a noise complaint, it was also submitted to Neville Township, Emsworth Borough, Ohio Township Police and State Representative Anita Kulik..

Description:  Metalico was again loading a barge with metal scrap from the open field and the noise is constant, continuous and beyond extreme. It has been non-stop since 11:am and is continuing at the time of complaint, which was 1:12 p.m.  At that time, they were sitting in their home trying to work but the noise and vibrations from dropping metal were making it extremely difficult. They cannot make phone calls to clients because the noise can be heard over their computer and throughout their entire home. They have no where to go to get away from it.

It sounds like high speed cars crashing outside of their home  or bombs exploding every few seconds. This is beyond outrageous and is literally affecting their health and their livelihood.  The sound of crashing and crunching metal is extremely jarring and it’s constant, for hours on end. The questions raised by this are (1) How can this not be a health department issue? And (2)  How is this company allowed to spew their insane levels of noise into a neighboring community with no consequences?  If this resident made noise like this in their neighborhood, they would be arrested. Metalico does this non-stop and it’s clearly going well beyond their property line.

This company is beyond a nuisance, it’s a dangerous menace and is destroying their neighborhood. They want something done about this.

January 30, 2021

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day:  3:36 a.m.

Observation: In-person by Emsworth resident from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Extremely loud noise from Metalico coming in the middle of the night

Submitted to ACHD:  Because it is a noise complaint, it was submitted to Neville Township, Emsworth Borough, Ohio Township Police and State Representative Anita Kulik..

Description: They were woken up in the middle of the night by the sound of numerous trucks dumping metal into the open field and moving it around.  This went on for well over 10min.  - Outrageous!

January 28, 2021 - Fourth Complaint

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day:  10:00 a.m. and ongoing

Observation: In-person by Emsworth resident from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Extremely loud noise coming from the loading of metal at Metalico

Submitted to ACHD:  Yes.  Also submitted to Neville Township, Emsworth Borough, Ohio Township Police and State Representative Anita Kulik..

Description:  They were now dumping metal into a barge and the noise is comparable to a bomb going off every few seconds right next to their home. They could feel their house vibrate with each dump into the barge.

January 28, 2021 - Third Complaint

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day:  9:30 - 9:45 a.m.

Observation: In-person by Emsworth resident from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  One or two explosions in shredder along with smoke emissions.

Submitted to ACHD:  Yes, by email.

Description: Explosion(s) at the shredder that shook their entire house, sometime around 9:30-9:45am.

 

January 28, 2021 - Second Complaint

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day: 9:30 to 9:55 a.m.

Observation: Observed Metalico IN PERSON from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Heavy smoke emissions from the shredder at Metalico

Submitted to ACHD: Yes..

Description: Viewed Metalico shredder in person from 9:30 to 9:55 a.m.  During that time it often emitted heavy smoke emissions as illustrated in the video below.

January 28, 2021

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day:  6:00 a.m. and ongoing

Observation: In-person by Emsworth resident from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Extremely loud noise and dust coming from the loading of metal at Metalico

Submitted to ACHD:  Yes.  Also submitted to Neville Township, Emsworth Borough, Ohio Township Police and State Representative Anita Kulik..

Description:   They started moving metal piles in the open building at 6am. The noise woke them up and when they looked out, they could see huge dust clouds in the headlights of the grabber-machine. (No one was wetting the pile.)  

January 27, 2021

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day:  11:30 am to 1:00 p.m.and ongoing

Observation: In-person by Emsworth resident from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Extremely loud noise coming from the loading of metal at Metalico

Submitted to ACHD:  No.  ACHD does not regulate noise.  Complaint was sent to Neville Township, Emsworth Borough, Ohio Township Police and State Representative Anita Kulik.

Description: Metalico is loading piles of metal, located in the open building, into a metal barge. It sounds like multiple car crashes every few seconds inside and outside of their home. The vibrations of the dumping can also be felt in their home. This has been ongoing and constant for the past 1.5 hrs.

January 21, 2021

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day: 9:25 to 9:50 a.m.

Observation: Observed Metalico IN PERSON from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Heavy smoke emissions from the shredder at Metalico

Submitted to ACHD: Yes..

Description: I viewed Metalico in person from 9:25 to 9:50 a.m.  The shredder was operating that entire time and frequently producing heavy smoke emissions.  Subsequently, viewed video of Metalico at accancamera.com.  That video showed that the shredder operated from about 8:15 a.m. to 12:00 noon and frequently produced heavy smoke emissions during that entire time.

January 20, 2021 - Second explosion

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day:  2:10 p.m.

Observation: In-person by Emsworth resident from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Explosion in shredder along with smoke emissions.

Submitted to ACHD:  Yes, by email.

Description:  Second explosion today at the shredder that shook their house, accompanied by smoke emissions.

January 20, 2021

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day:  10:50 a.m.

Observation: In-person by Emsworth resident from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Explosion in shredder along with heavy smoke emissions.

Submitted to ACHD:  Yes, by email.

Description:  A large explosion from the shredder that shook their entire home. There were also heavy smoke emissions coming from the shredder.

January 13, 2021 - Second Complaint

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day: From 10:50 to 10:55 a.m.

Observation: Viewed on video from camera across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Heavy smoke emissions from the shredder at Metalico

Submitted to ACHD:  Yes.

Description: The shredder at Metalico was operating from about 7:15 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. on January 13th.  During that time it frequently produced heavy smoke emissions.  An example of this is shown in the video below.

       

January 13, 2021

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day:  9:00 a.m. and ongoing

Observation: In-person by Emsworth resident from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Opaque smoke emissions and burning plastic/rubber/metal odor from shredder

Submitted to ACHD:  Yes, by email.

Description:

Thick, HEAVY odor of burning plastic/rubber/metal coming from the shredder. Varied in intensity since 9am. Visible opaque smoke emissions that also varied in intensity.

January 12, 2021

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day: From 9:30 to 9:41 a.m.

Observation: Viewed on video from camera across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Heavy smoke emissions from the shredder at Metalico

Submitted to ACHD:  Yes.

Description: The shredder at Metalico was operating from about 7:15 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on January 12th.  During that time it frequently produced heavy smoke emissions.  An example of this is shown in the video below.

January 8, 2021

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day: 11:26 a.m.

Observation: Viewed on video from camera across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Heavy smoke emissions from the shredder at Metalico

Submitted to ACHD:  Yes.

Description:  The shredder at Metalico was operating from about 7:15 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  At times it produced heavy smoke emissions as illustrated in the video below.

January 7, 2021

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day: From about 7:10 to 9:30 a.m.

Observation: Viewed on video from camera across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Heavy smoke emissions from the shredder at Metalico

Submitted to ACHD:  No. ACHD does not consider viewing air pollution on video as the basis for a complaint.

Description:  The shredder was operating from about 7:10 - 9:30 a.m.  During that time it frequently emitted heavy smoke emissions.  An example of this is shown in the video below.

January 4, 2021

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day:  In addition to massive explosion at shredder at 7:57 a.m. there were also smoke emissions and strong odors.

Observation: In-person by Emsworth resident from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Smoke emissions and burning plastic/rubber odor from shredder and massive explosion at shredder

Submitted to ACHD:  Yes, by email.

Description:

-Another massive explosion at the shredder.  It literally shook their entire home , rattled their windows, and scared the hell out of them and their cat.

-Two of their neighbors also heard/felt the explosions and are trying to contact ACHD.

-Also the usual foul odor of burnt plastic/rubber and loads of opaque emissions.

December 30, 2020

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day: From about 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Observation: Viewed on video from camera across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Heavy smoke emissions from the shredder at Metalico

Submitted to ACHD:  No. ACHD does not consider viewing air pollution on video as the basis for a complaint.

Description:  The shredder was operating from about 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. producing heavy smoke emissions at times.  The video below from about 11:55 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. shows an example of these heavy smoke emissions.

December 29, 2020

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day: From about 7:15 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Observation: Viewed on video from camera across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Heavy smoke emissions from the shredder at Metalico

Submitted to ACHD:  No. ACHD does not consider viewing air pollution on video as the basis for a complaint.

Description:  The shredder was operating from about 7:15 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. producing heavy smoke emissions at times.  The video below from about 8:54 - 8:59 a.m. shows an example of these heavy smoke emissions.

December 28, 2020

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day:  Odors starting at about 7:42 a.m./Explosion at about 9:50 a.m.

Observation: In-person by Emsworth resident from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Smoke emissions and burning plastic odor from shredder and explosion at shredder

Submitted to ACHD:  Yes, by email.

Description:

-Metalico started operating the shredder at 7:30am and there was a constant odor of burnt plastic/rubber throughout the morning. There were no smells over the holiday when they were shut down

-Metalico is also dumping scrap metal into a metal barge at the open building. It sounds like someone is dropping cars from a high rise building. This has been constant all morning.

-There was also a huge explosion at the shredder at 9:59am

December 18, 2020

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day:  7:30 am and ongoing until about 2:00 p.m.

Observation: In-person by Emsworth resident from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Extremely loud noise starting early in the morning

Submitted to ACHD:  No.  ACHD does not regulate noise.  Complaint was sent to Neville Township, Emsworth Borough, Ohio Township Police and State Representative Anita Kulik.

Description:

-Metalico started loading a barge with heavy scrap metal from the open field directly next to the open building.

-They are using two claw-grabber trucks simultaneously to pick up the metal crap and fling it into a metal barge.

-The noise is the worst they have ever experienced. It sounds like a war zone with constant mini explosions happening right next to their home. Imagine giants forcefully dropping  full-size cars from a 3 story building into a metal barge.

- They were shoveling snow but had to stop because their ears started ringing after about 15 minutes of hearing these explosive metal impacts. THIS IS NOT RIGHT! Metalico should not be allowed to harm its neighbors like this.

There is a massive pile of scrap in the open field which means this noise will continue constantly throughout the day. They have to work from home and it’s extremely difficult to do some of their work (phone calls) while this noise is happening. It’s so loud and can be clearly heard in their home.

The noise they create is clearly traveling beyond their fence line and into a residential neighborhood. It negatively affects them and their neighbors on a regular basis

December 15, 2020 - 2nd event

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day: From about 7:30 a.m. to 7:50 a.m.

Observation: Viewed on video from camera across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Heavy fugitive smoke emissions from an unknown source at Metalico

Submitted to ACHD:  No. ACHD does not consider viewing air pollution on video as the basis for a complaint.

Description:  Saw some low-lift emissions to the right of the white building with 2 lights and just to the left of the intermittent steam plumes.  The smoke emissions lasted from about 7:30 - 7:50 a.m.    

December 15, 2020

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day: From about 7:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Observation: Viewed on video from camera across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Heavy smoke emissions from shredder

Submitted to ACHD:  No. ACHD does not consider viewing air pollution on video as the basis for a complaint.

Description:  The shredder at Metalico was running from approximately 7:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  During that time, it frequently produced heavy smoke emissions as shown in the video below.

December 10, 2020

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day: 9:30- 10:00 a.m.

Observation: In-person by Angelo Taranto from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Smoke emissions from the shredder at Metalico

Submitted to ACHD:  Yes - submitted via complaint on website

Description:  Heavy smoke emissions from shredder seemed to contribute to haze hanging over Neville Island (see photos below).

December 7, 2020

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day: From about 7:15 a.m. to 2:40 p.m.

Observation: Viewed on video from camera across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Heavy smoke emissions from shredder

Submitted to ACHD:  No. ACHD does not consider viewing air pollution on video as the basis for a complaint.

Description:  Shredder was operating from about 7:15 a.m. to 2:40 p.m.  During that time there were frequently heavy smoke emissions.

December 5, 2020

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day:  7:00 am (Start)

Observation: In-person by Emsworth resident from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Extremely loud noise early on a Saturday morning

Submitted to ACHD:  No.  ACHD does not regulate noise.  Complaint was sent to Neville Township, Emsworth Borough, Ohio Township Police and State Representative Anita Kulik.

Description:

-Metalico is shuffling scrap metal in the yard to the left of the open building. They’re literally grabbing pieces and flinging them onto other piles of metal. It has been continuous and ongoing up to the time of this email being sent. The noise was so loud it woke them up on their day off. It also woke their neighbor’s 2 little girls.  This is obscene behavior. It’s a public nuisance and a health hazard.  Apparently, their neighborhood can’t even get a reprieve from Metalico’s and pollution on a weekend.

-It sounds like large metal shelves filled with large metal objects are collapsing every few seconds.

December 4, 2020

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day: From about 7:15 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Observation: Viewed on video from camera across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Heavy smoke emissions from shredder

Submitted to ACHD:  No. ACHD does not consider viewing air pollution on video as the basis for a complaint.

Description:  Metalico’s shredder was operating from about 7:15 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  During that time it frequently produced heavy smoke emissions.

December 3, 2020

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day: 9:45- 10:05 a.m.

Observation: In-person by Angelo Taranto from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Dust emissions from the loading of metal into a barge at Metalico

Submitted to ACHD:  Yes - submitted via complaint on website

Description:  Dust clouds were raised while loading metal into a barge.   This was viewed in-person; however, when the video was checked for today, you can see that the loading operation started at 7:45 a.m. and lasted until 2:00 p.m. and dust clouds were raised during most of that time.

December 2, 2020

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day:  8:50am (Start)

Observation: In-person by Emsworth resident from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Extremely loud noise 

Submitted to ACHD:  No.  ACHD does not regulate noise.  Complaint was sent to Neville Township, Emsworth Borough, Ohio Township Police and State Representative Anita Kulik.

Description:

-Metalico started loading a barge with scrap metal from the open field at 8:50am this morning. It has been continuous and ongoing up until at least 10:39 a.m.

-EXTREMELY loud. It sounds like head-on collisions are happening every few seconds. directly next to their home.

 -This has been constant, and, based on past incidents, is likely to their home.

-They are working from home and the sound of constant explosive sounds of metal being dropped onto metal can be heard over zoom meetings and phone calls. The jarring noise makes it extremely difficult to concentrate and are causing massive tension headaches.  They should not be forced to leave their home during a pandemic in order to do their work.

November 25, 2020

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day:  2:00 p.m.

Observation: In-person by Emsworth resident from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Smoke emissions and burning plastic odor 

Submitted to ACHD:  Yes, by email.

Description:

-Opaque, cream colored emissions consistent for the past 2 hours.

-At times, strong odor of burning plastic

November 24, 2020

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day: From about 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Observation: Viewed on video from camera across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Heavy smoke emissions from shredder 

Submitted to ACHD:  No. ACHD does not consider viewing air pollution on video as the basis for a complaint.

Description: Shredder was operating from about 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  During that time there were frequently heavy smoke emissions.

November 19, 2020

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day: 9:27- 10:00 a.m.

Observation: In-person by Angelo Taranto from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Dust emissions from materials handling at Metalico

Submitted to ACHD:  Yes - submitted via complaint on website

Description:   While making observations in-person, materials handling at the downriver end of the Metalico property creating substantial dust clouds that blew off of their property, as shown in the photos below.

November 18, 2020 - Second Event

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day: From about 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Observation: Viewed on video from camera across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Frequent dust clouds raised from the loading of “fluff” into a barge

Submitted to ACHD:  No. ACHD does not consider viewing air pollution on video as the basis for a complaint.

Description:  At the same time that Metalico was loading metal into a barge (see first entry for November 20th), they were also loading “fluff” into a separate barge.  Despite wetting the fluff pile, they were still generating dust emissions/dust clouds that blew over the river and into the neighborhood.

November 18, 2020

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day:  7:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Observation: In-person by Emsworth resident from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Huge clouds of dust emissions and extremely loud noise.

Submitted to ACHD:  Yes, by email.

Description:

Metalico has again, ALL DAY LONG, continuously since 7am, been loading barges with scrap metal. The metal hitting the barge creates huge dust clouds. The noise level is obscene and can be heard and vibrations felt throughout their house. The noise is deafening.

November 16, 2020 - Second Event

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day:  From 9:00 a.m. until at least around 2:00 p.m.

Observation: In-person by Emsworth resident from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Huge clouds of dust emissions and extremely loud noise.

Submitted to ACHD:  Yes, by email.

Description:

-Metalico is dumping heavy scrap metal from the open building into a barge on the river. This is creating huge clouds of dust in the barge which are then blowing across the river into their neighborhood

-The noise from this activity has been constant since 10am and is still continuing at 1:50pm.

-The sound is like having multiple car crashes happen every few seconds right next to your home. Some of the loading dumps are so heavy that they can feel their house vibrate when the metal hits the barge.

November 16, 2020

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day: From about 7:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Observation: Viewed on video from camera across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Frequent heavy smoke emissions from the shredder at Metalico

Submitted to ACHD:  No. ACHD does not consider viewing air pollution on video as the basis for a complaint.

Description: Shredder was operating for most of the day, at times producing heavy smoke emissions.

November 12, 2020

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day: 9:29 - 10:01 a.m.

Observation: In-person by Angelo Taranto from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Dust emissions from materials handling at Metalico

Submitted to ACHD:  Yes - submitted via complaint on website

Description:  While I was observing Metalico in person, some type of materials handling on their property was creating dust cloud emissions for a 10 minute period from about 9:50 - 10:00 a.m.  I could not see clearly the exact source of the emissions, but it was coming from operations on Metalico’s property.

November 9, 2020

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day: From about 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Observation: Viewed on video from camera across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Frequent heavy smoke emissions from the shredder at Metalico

Submitted to ACHD:  No. ACHD does not consider viewing air pollution on video as the basis for a complaint.

Description:  The shredder was running almost continuously from about 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  It produced  heavy smoke emissions for much of the time that it was operating.

November 6, 2020

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day:  1:30 p.m. (Constant since the morning.)

Observation: In-person by Emsworth resident from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Heavy opaque emissions and heavy odor from shredder.

Submitted to ACHD:  Yes, by email.

Description:

-Heavy cream-colored emissions coming from the shredder. Huge smog cloud over the area and blowing directly across the river into their neighborhood. The smoke has been constant and thick this past week. They’ve never seen it so bad.

-At times, heavy odor of burning plastic and wire. The odor was so bad that they could smell it on Plainfield Avenue while walking a dog through the neighborhood.  Plainfied Avenue is up the hill in Emsworth on the other side of Rt. 65.

November 5, 2020

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day:  2:35 p.m. (It was continuous since 12:30 p.m.)

Observation: In-person by Emsworth resident from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Heavy opaque emissions and strong odor from shredder.

Submitted to ACHD:  Yes, by email.

Description:

-Really thick and heavy opaque emissions coming from the shredder area and blowing directly across the river into their neighborhood.

-Intermittent periods of hot-plastic/rubber odors. The odor leaves a weird metallic taste in their mouth.

October 28, 2020 - Second Complaint

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day:  1:55 p.m.

Observation: In-person by Emsworth resident from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Extremely loud noise and dust emissions.

Submitted to ACHD:  Yes, by email.

Description:

The barge loading has been NON-STOP since 6:30am. Every 30 SECONDS for the past 8 HOURS it sounds like multiple cars crashing next to their home. It’s BEYOND extreme today, its unbearable...regularly reaching above 90 decibels with each dump. They don’t understand how that is not a health dept. issue.

They HAVE to work from home but it’s almost impossible to do so with the constant, jarring, nerve-shattering sound of metal being dropped into a metal barge EVERY 30 SECONDS!!! They shouldn’t have to leave their own home  because of this nuisance company. THIS NEEDS TO STOP! Their neighborhood is only 1,200 feet away from Metalico and it’s beyond comprehension that they are allowed to make this kind of noise so close to a residential neighborhood.

October 28, 2020

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day:  6:30 - 10:36 a.m.

Observation: In-person by Emsworth resident from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Heavy emissions with strong odor and extremely loud noise..

Submitted to ACHD:  Yes, by email.

Description:

-2 loading-arm trucks are dumping heavy scrap metal from the yard next to the open building into a barge on the river.

-The metal scrap is being dropped into a metal barge from the equivalent of a 3 story building. It sounds like 2 vehicles head-on colliding every 30 seconds.

-Some of the impacts are so loud that the vibration shakes their house/windows and they can feel the impacts while wearing noise-canceling headphones.

-The loading/noise has been constant for hours and will continue all day until the metal pile is gone.

-The shredder is also operating and there are heavy smoke emissions accompanied by a strong odor burning plastic/oil.

October 23, 2020 - Second Complaint

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day:  2:20 p.m.

Observation: In-person by Emsworth resident from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Constant heavy, opaque emissions from Metalico shredder along with

strong odor of burning plastic/metal/rubber.

Submitted to ACHD:  Yes, by email.

Description:

Extremely heavy, opaque emissions coming from the shredder. The smell is overwhelming and is permeating their entire home to the point where they don’t think they can stay there while it’s this bad. It’s literally burning their throat, making them lightheaded, nauseous, and it’s leaving a foul, chemical taste in their mouth.

It smells like someone lit a fire in a trash bin filled with plastic containers and all the smoke is being funneled directly into their neighborhood.  IT HAS BEEN LIKE THIS ALL DAY. They and their neighbors have been breathing this in ALL DAY.

They are beyond frustrated and disgusted  as to how the Emsworth council continues to be so grossly negligent with regard to this issue. It’s an absolute disgrace that they are allowing a neighboring town to directly pollute a part of their community, pollution that is potentially toxic and causing residents to become sick.

Metalico’s emissions, odors, dust and noise are clearly crossing their fence line and are clearly traveling into our community. Neville Township should have laws regarding this and our council needs to confront them and demand that these laws be enforced.

If Metalico were to dump a truckload of plastic shavings onto the borough building sidewalk and lit it on fire, they are pretty sure the council would do something about it. This situation is no different. They are dumping their smoke/odor/dust into their backyard.

October 23, 2020

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day:  8:30 a.m. and ongoing to 12:45 p.m..

Observation: In-person by Emsworth resident from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Explosion at shredder, smoke emissions and odor from the shredder, dust emissions from the dumping of metal and extreme noise starting early in the morning..

Submitted to ACHD:  Yes.  By email.

Description:

8:30am:

-Explosion at the shredder. It was strong enough to shake the house. (See first video below.)

8:30am to 12:45pm:

-Continuous heavy, opaque emissions coming from the shredder. (See second video below.)

-Very strong odor of burning plastic/metal/rubber being blown across the river by the wind.

-Dust clouds from numerous trucks dumping metal in the yard also blowing across the river. (See third video below.)

-The noise, again, from dumping and loading woke them up at 6:30am this morning.

October 22, 2020 - Second Complaint

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day:  1:48 p.m. and ongoing.

Observation: In-person by Emsworth resident from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Constant heavy, opaque emissions that come in bursts from Metalico shredder along with

strong odor of burning plastic/metal/rubber. And extreme noise from loading metal into a barge.            Submitted to ACHD:  Yes, by email.

Description:

-Constant heavy, opaque emissions coming from the shredder.

-Strong odor of burning plastic/metal/rubber.

-They’re moving metal in the open building and loading it into a barge. The noise level is extreme today and has been constant since 7:30am. (Constant as in dumping metal every few minutes for the past 6 hours). It sounds like dumpster bins filled with heavy pieces of metal are being dropped from a tall building right outside their window.  They can actually feel the impact of the metal hitting the barge while sitting in their home wearing noise-canceling headphones.

October 22, 2020

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day:  7:30 a.m. and ongoing.

Observation: In-person by Emsworth resident from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Extreme noise starting early in the morning..

Submitted to ACHD:  No.  Noise complaint submitted to Neville Township, Emsworth Borough, Rep. Anita Kulik and Ohio Township police .

Description: Metalico is dumping/moving waste metal inside the open building and also loading it into a barge on the river.  It sounds like dumpster bins filled with heavy pieces of metal are being dumped from great heights right outside their window.  This happens every 30 seconds and has been ongoing and continuous since it woke me up at 7:30am. They also did this all day yesterday but the noise today is extreme.

October 21, 2020

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day: From about 8:00 a.m. onward

Observation: Viewed on video from camera across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Frequent heavy smoke emissions from the shredder at Metalico

Submitted to ACHD:  No. ACHD does not consider viewing air pollution on video as the basis for a complaint.

Description:  The shredder was running from about 7:30 a.m. onward.  It produced frequent heavy smoke emissions the entire time.

October 14,2020

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day:  1:50 p.m.. and ongoing.

Observation: In-person by Emsworth resident from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Heavy odor and smoke emissions from Metalico shredder

Submitted to ACHD:  Yes, by email.

Description:

-Extremely heavy and thick emissions coming from the shredder all day today accompanied by strong odor of burning plastic/metal/rubber. It’s very opaque, not steam.

October 14, 2020

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day: From about 7:15 a.m. onward

Observation: Viewed on video from camera across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Frequent heavy smoke emissions from the shredder at Metalico

Submitted to ACHD:  No. ACHD does not consider viewing air pollution on video as the basis for a complaint.

Description:  The shredder was running from about 7:15 a.m. onward.  It produced frequent heavy smoke emissions the entire time. These emissions blew all around including across the river into Emsworth.

October 8, 2020

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day: 9:14 - 10:00 a.m.

Observation: In-person by Angelo Taranto from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Smoke emissions from Metalico’s shredder and dust emissions from materials handling in the building on the river.

Submitted to ACHD:  Yes - submitted via complaint on website

Description:  Metalico’s shredder was operating the entire time that I was viewing it in person and it produced smoke emissions that were heavy at times.   They were also moving around materials in the building on the river and this materials handling at times produced dust clouds that blew out over the river.

October 7, 2020

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day:  8:00 a.m. and ongoing.

Observation: In-person by Emsworth resident from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Heavy odor and smoke emissions from Metalico shredder

Submitted to ACHD:  Yes, by email.

Description:

--Constant heavy, opaque emissions coming from the shredder.

-Thick and strong odor of burning plastic/metal/rubber. It’s strong enough where it’s difficult to breathe outside without feeling sick.

October 5, 2020

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day:  10:00 a.m. and ongoing.

Observation: In-person by Emsworth resident from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Heavy odor and smoke emissions from Metalico shredder

Submitted to ACHD:  Yes, by email.

Description:

-Heavy odor of burnt plastic, rubber, and metal.

-Heavy opaque, cream-colored emissions coming from the shredder

-Causing headache, and leaves a bad taste in the back of the throat.

                                                                        

October 1, 2020

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day: 9:20 - 10:30 a.m.

Observation: In-person by Angelo Taranto from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Smoke emissions from Metalico’s shredder

Submitted to ACHD:  Yes - submitted via complaint on website

Description:  Metalico’s shredder produced smoke emissions the entire time that I was observing Metalico in person.  It frequently produced clouds of heavy smoke emissions.  From observations of video at accancamera.com later in the day, I could see that the shredder was operating this way from approximately 9:20 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. today.

September 28, 2020

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day:  10:00 a.m. and ongoing.

Observation: In-person by Emsworth resident from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Heavy odor and smoke emissions from Metalico shredder

Submitted to ACHD:  Yes, by email.

Description:

-Very strong/heavy odor of burnt plastic, rubber, and metal coming from the shredder. It’s strong enough at times today where they can smell it on the street by the Dog Stop.

-Heavy opaque emissions and smog cloud over the area and wafting across the river to their home.

-Causing headache, and leaves a bad taste in the back of the throat

September 25, 2020

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day: Much of the afternoon until around 6:00 p.m.

Observation: Viewed on video from camera across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Heavy dust emissions/clouds from materials handling at Metalico

Submitted to ACHD:  No. ACHD does not consider viewing air pollution on video as the basis for a complaint.

Description: Heavy dust emissions/clouds from materials handling at Metalico.  These dust clouds were blowing across the river into Emsworth.  

September 24, 2020 - Second Entry

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day: From around 4:00 p.m. and into the evening on different parts of the site

Observation: Viewed on video from camera across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Heavy dust emissions/clouds from materials handling at Metalico

Submitted to ACHD:  No. ACHD does not consider viewing air pollution on video as the basis for a complaint.

Description: Heavy dust emissions/clouds from materials handling at Metalico.  These dust clouds were blowing across the river into Emsworth.  

September 24, 2020

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day: 9:07 - 9:55 a.m.

Observation: In-person by Angelo Taranto from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Smoke emissions from Metalico’s shredder

Submitted to ACHD:  Yes - submitted via complaint on website

Description:  Metalico’s shredder produced smoke emissions the entire time that I was observing Metalico in person.  At times it produced clouds of smoke emissions.  From observations of video at accancamera.com later in the day, I could see that the shredder was operating this way from approximately 7:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. today.

September 23, 2020 - Second Entry

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day: 1:45 to 2:15 p.m.

Observation: Viewed on video from camera across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Heavy dust emissions/clouds from materials handling at Metalico

Submitted to ACHD:  No. ACHD does not consider viewing air pollution on video as the basis for a complaint.

Description: Heavy dust emissions/clouds from materials handling at Metalico near the shredder.  This was happening at the same time that there were heavy smoke emissions coming from the shredder, thus doubling the harm to the community..

September 23, 2020

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day: 7:15 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Observation: Viewed on video from camera across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Heavy smoke emissions from shredder at Metalico

Submitted to ACHD:  No. ACHD does not consider viewing air pollution on video as the basis for a complaint.

Description: Heavy smoke emissions from the shredder at Metalico.

September 22, 2020

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day:  10:00 a.m. and ongoing.

Observation: In-person by Emsworth resident from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Heavy odor and smoke emissions from Metalico shredder and dust clouds and noise from their loading of metal in a barge.

Submitted to ACHD:  Yes, by email.

Description: -Metalico was dumping scrap metal into a barge on the river and, again, the noise levels are constant and regularly go above 85-90 decibels for each dump.

-The dumping and the noise is constant, happening multiple times per minute. They will do this continually till 4pm.

-Metalico created enormous dust clouds in the barge when they dump the metal and this dust is floating over the river into their neighborhood (see video below).

-They are also operating the shredder which is spewing out regular emissions of opaque smoke and the air smelled like a junkyard on fire (see second video below). It was like a regular dystopian hell on this side of the river.

September 21, 2020

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day:  1:00 p.m. and ongoing.

Observation: In-person by Emsworth resident from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Heavy odor and smoke emissions from Metalico shredder

Submitted to ACHD:  Yes, by email.

Description: -Heavy, opaque emissions, (not steam), coming from the shredder. There’s been a consistent smoggy haze over this area for the past two hours.

-Strong odor of burnt plastic/rubber and metal.

-Working outside is difficult due to the odor which is causing a headache and tightness/wheezing in the chest.

-Metalico was also operating heavy machines at 3am in the morning, waking them and their neighbors’ entire families.

September 18, 2020

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day: 7:34 a.m. and ongoing

Observation: Viewed on video from camera across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Heavy smoke emissions from shredder at Metalico

Submitted to ACHD:  No. ACHD does not consider viewing air pollution on video as the basis for a complaint.

Description: Heavy smoke emissions from the shredder at Metalico.

September 17, 2020

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day: 9:12 - 9:55 a.m.

Observation: In-person by Angelo Taranto from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Odor and smoke emissions from Metalico’s shredder

Submitted to ACHD:  Yes - submitted via complaint on website

Description: Odor and constant smoke emissions during the entire time I was observing Metalico in person.  As seen on accancamera.com, the shredder was operating in this same fashion beginning at about 7:20 a.m. and continuing at least until around 11:00 a.m. (camera footage for later in the day is not yet available).  The shredder’s emissions were adding to the heavy haze over Neville Island today.

September 16, 2020

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day: About 10:49 a.m. and ongoing. (Has been constant and ongoing for 5 hours.)

Observation: In-person by Emsworth resident from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Heavy odor and smoke emissions from Metalico shredder

Submitted to ACHD:  Yes, by email..

Description:  Huge smog clouds of opaque emissions coming from the shredder accompanied by the usual odor of burnt plastic/rubber/metal. The shredder was operating since 10:00 am and it started out only emitting clouds of steam. The smell and opaque, cream-colored smog started happening at about 10:49am when they began loading more items into the shredder and it was continuous since that time.  Odor caused a headache and left a bad taste in the mouth.

September 15, 2020

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day: 9:43 a.m. and ongoing

Observation: Viewed on video from camera across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Heavy smoke emissions from shredder at Metalico

Submitted to ACHD:  No. ACHD does not consider viewing air pollution on video as the basis for a complaint.

Description: Heavy smoke emissions from the shredder at Metalico.  

September 10, 2020

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day: 9:15 - 10:00 a.m.

Observation: In-person by Angelo Taranto from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Odor and smoke emissions from Metalico’s shredder

Submitted to ACHD:  Yes - submitted by phone and via complaint on website

Description: Heavy odor and smoke emissions during the entire time I was observing Metalico in person.

September 9, 2020 - Second Complaint

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day: 3:00 p.m.. (Has been constant and ongoing for 5 hours.)

Observation: In-person by Emsworth resident from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Heavy odor and smoke emissions from Metalico shredder

Submitted to ACHD:  Yes, by email..

Description: The burning plastic/rubber/metal odor from Metalico has been outrageous today with its strength and duration. The emissions and smog clouds have been present all day long. The fumes are  extremely bad and overpowering to the point where they had to leave their home because they felt light headed and there was a horrible dusty, metalic taste in their mouth.  It was the same feeling you get when you’ve been painting in a room with poor ventilation.

Their neighbor let her daughter, and another child she was watching, outside to play and immediately had to bring them back into the house because of the odor. They have not been outside since. This was outrageous. They were suffocating from these fumes and were being forced to stay inside and to seal up their homes on a hot day.

The resident asks:  “What are we breathing into our lungs!??  Why is this odor burning our throats and causing headaches and dizziness every single time that it happens??!  More importantly, Why is the Health Department doing nothing about it? Where are their inspectors?”

September 9, 2020

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day: 10:0 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Observation: In-person by Emsworth resident from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Heavy odor and smoke emissions from Metalico shredder

Submitted to ACHD:  Yes, by email..

Description: Heavy odor of melting plastic/rubber/metal coming from the shredder. It’s particularly acrid today and literally smells like someone is burning a trash can filled with plastic bottles in Emsworth resident’s backyard.

-Cream-colored opaque emissions over the area and at times, it was very thick.

-Odor was causing burning throat, headache, and made it impossible to be outside in their own yard. They have to close their windows as well as the odor was seeping into their home.

September 8, 2020

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day: 1:16 p.m. and ongoing

Observation: Viewed on video from camera across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Dust emissions from materials handling at Metalico

Submitted to ACHD:  No. ACHD does not consider viewing air pollution on video as the basis for a complaint.

Description: Dust clouds were generated by materials handling at Metalico.  These clouds blew over the river and into Emsworth.

September 8, 2020

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day: 8:40 a.m. and ongoing

Observation: Viewed on video from camera across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Smoke emissions from Metalico Shredder

Submitted to ACHD:  No. ACHD does not consider viewing air pollution on video as the basis for a complaint.

Description: Metalico’s shredder was producing heavy smoke emissions all day froml about 7:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

September 4, 2020

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day: 9:05 a.m.

Observation: Viewed on video from camera across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Smoke emissions from Metalico Shredder

Submitted to ACHD:  No. ACHD does not consider viewing air pollution on video as the basis for a complaint.

Description: Metalico’s shredder was producing heavy smoke emissions most of the day.

September 3, 2020

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day: 9:20 a.m.

Observation: Viewed on video from camera across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Smoke emissions from Metalico Shredder

Submitted to ACHD:  No. ACHD does not consider viewing air pollution on video as the basis for a complaint.

Description: Metalico’s shredder was producing heavy smoke emissions all day until about 3:00 p.m.

September 2, 2020

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day: 1:51 p.m.

Observation: In-person by Emsworth resident from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Odor and smoke emissions from Metalico Shredder

Submitted to ACHD:  Yes

Description: Thick odor of burning, melting plastic, rubber, and metal. It was difficult to breath outside. The odor caused a headache, tightness/wheezing in the lungs and left a bad taste in their nose and mouth. This has been ongoing and consistent for the past 4 hours. Periods of thick, opaque smoke emissions coming from the shredder and the wind is carrying the smoke and odor across the river.

August 27, 2020 - Second Noise Complaint

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day: 10:30 a.m. and ongoing

Observation: In-person by Emsworth resident from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Extreme noise

Submitted to ACHD:  Because it was a noise complaint it was emailed to Neville Township, Ohio Township police, Emsworth Borough and Representative Anita Kulik..

Description:  Within the 5 minute time span of a noise reading, there were 3 separate metal dumps that were beyond 90 decibels, and 6 metal dumps that were above 85.

This is what they and their neighbors have to live with for six hours of the day, multiple days a week. This cannot continue.

August 27, 2020

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day: 6:45 a.m. and ongoing

Observation: In-person by Emsworth resident from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Extreme noise

Submitted to ACHD:  Because it was a noise complaint it was emailed to Neville Township, Ohio Township police, Emsworth Borough and Representative Anita Kulik..

Description:  They were woken up this morning at 6:45 am to the sound of Metalico dumping large pieces of metal into a metal barge on the river. This is ridiculous. The noise is as bad if not worse than yesterday.

How  are the people of this neighborhood supposed to live like this?!  It has consistently gotten worse and more frequent over the past. A neighboring township is violating the noise ordinance of your borough. Please DO SOMETHING about it.

August 27, 2020

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day: 9:17 - 10:00 a.m.

Observation: In-person by Angelo Taranto from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Dust emissions from materials handling by Metalico

Submitted to ACHD:  Yes - submitted via complaint on website

Description:  Metalico was handling material at several different locations on their site.  This included loading metal into a barge, loading “fluff” into a separate barge and moving material behind the large pile in the vicinity of the shredder.  It seemed that the wetting that they were doing was reducing dust somewhat; however, some of the piles weren’t being wetted.  As illustrated in the video below, the materials handling without the wetting was creating dust clouds.

August 26, 2020

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day: 8:39am-constant for over 4 hours

Observation: In-person by Emsworth resident from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Extreme Noise

Submitted to ACHD:  Because it was a noise complaint it was emailed to Neville Township, Ohio Township police, Emsworth Borough and Representative Anita Kulik..

Description: Metalico Recycling was dumping heavy scrap metal into a barge on the river. The noise was ear-shattering and regularly hits above 85 decibels. It sounds like cars, steel beams, and tons of other metal objects  being dropped from a five story building Onto the pavement outside of their window. THIS NOISE HAPPENS EVERY 30 SECONDS AND LAST FOR HOURS!!!

It’s impossible to be outside when this is occurring and makes it extremely difficult to concentrate and work from home. They should not have to choose to leave their home or wear noise-canceling headphones 3 days a week for hours on end.

Not only is this company affecting their neighborhood’s health with its constant pollution and foul odors, it’s now impacting the people who come to their home and forcing delays for needed repairs.  It’s so loud that the contractor who was supposed to work on their porch today decided to reschedule because he couldn’t take the level of noise. THIS IS OUTRAGEOUS!

They are absolutely disgusted with the ZERO response from the Emsworth council regarding this issue and it’s utter lack of concern about this business’s harmful effects on its residents. This company may be in Neville Township but it’s pollution, odors, and noise are traveling far beyond its zoned area and directly across the river into their home and neighborhood.

August 26, 2020

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day: 8:30am-ongoing

Observation: In-person by Emsworth resident from across the river in Emsworth

Type of Complaint:  Odor and smoke emissions from Metalico’s shredder

Submitted to ACHD:  Yes - emailed

Description:  Really strong odor of burnt plastic and opaque smoke emissions coming from the shredder.

August 20, 2020

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day:  9:00 a.m. and was constant for over four hours

Observation: In-person by Emsworth resident from across the river in Emsworth

Type of complaint:  Noise

Submitted to ACHD:   Because it was a noise complaint it was emailed to Neville Township, Ohio Township police, Emsworth Borough and Representative Anita Kulik..

Description: Metalico was dumping heavy scrap metal into a barge on the river (see video below). The noise was deafening and extremely jarring and it was constant. They were also missing the barge when dumping and pieces of metal were being thrown into the river.  

August 13, 2020

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day:  9:14 - 9:55  a.m.

Observation: In-person by Angelo Taranto from across the river in Emsworth

Type of complaint:  Smoke emissions from Metalico’s shredder

Submitted to ACHD:  Yes - submitted via complaint on website

Description: I observe Metalico’s operation from 9:14 - 9:55 a.m.  The shredder was operating the entire time.  While there were times when there were no or low visible emissions, at other times (as documented in the video below) there were clouds of smoke emissions generated by the shredder.  

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August 11, 2020

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day:  1:00 p.m. and ongoing

Observation: In-person by Emsworth resident from across the river in Emsworth

Type of complaint:  Odor and smoke emissions from Metalico’s shredder that was making them sick

Submitted to ACHD:  Yes - emailed

Description: Extremely strong odor of burning plastic/metal in the air, strong enough where they could smell it from the street and inside their home.  Constant opaque emissions coming from the shredder, at times very soupy. Smog haze above the facility. All this was causing headache, burning nose/throat, nausea.

August 10, 2020

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day:  1:00 p.m. - Constant since this morning.

Observation: In-person by Emsworth resident from across the river in Emsworth

Type of complaint:  Odor and dust emissions generated from Metalico loading “fluff” into a barge.

Submitted to ACHD:  Yes

Description:  Metalico was loading a barge with fluff debris and the smell was horrible. It smelled like burnt metal and plastics but moldy and wet. It’s like when you’re in the city on a really hot day and you can smell the garbage dumpsters even if you can’t see them.

They’re also occasionally missing the barge and dropping pieces of material into the river.

Metalico was “hosing” the debris pile somewhat but every 3rd. grab of the loader creates a sizable dust cloud. There’s also a heavy layer of smog over that area of the island.

They don’t understand how Metalico is allowed to operate when DEP has issued a code orange air quality alert.  They don’t have air conditioning, so they have to keep their windows open and the air/odor is bad enough where it’s causing a headache, tight chest, and leaves an odd odor in the back of their nose/throat.

August 6, 2020

Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

Time of Day:  9:10. - 9:55 a.m.

Observation: In-person by Angelo Taranto from across the river in Emsworth

Type of complaint:  Emissions from shredder

Submitted to ACHD:  Yes

Description:  Emissions were coming from the shredder for the entire time.  These emissions were heavy at times to the point where they hung over Metalico.

August 3, 2020

By Angelo Taranto

1:15pm  (Ongoing)

-Metalico Recycling, Neville Island

Emsworth resident emailed a complaint to the Health Department reporting heavy/thick odor of burning/hot plastic and metal and opaque emissions coming from the shredder.

-It varied in intensity but there was a constant odor since 9am this morning. The smell is strong enough that they could smell it coming through their window at the opposite end of their house in their kitchen.

-Causing headache, mild nausea, and it left a foul taste in the back of their throat once it was breathed in.

July 31, 2020

- Entered by:  Angelo Taranto

- Time of Day:  8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

- Observation: From camera video by Angelo Taranto

- Type of complaint:  Dust clouds

- Submitted to ACHD:  No

- Description:  Heavy dust clouds generated while “fluff” was being loaded into a barge. This activity started at around 8:00 a.m. and continued until after 2:00 p.m.  Dust blew into and across the river into Emsworth.

July 30, 2020

By Angelo Taranto

9:13 - 9:50 p.m.

Metalico Recycling, Neville Island

I observed Metalico Recycling, in person, from 9:13 - 9:50 p.m. from across the river in Emsworth.  The shredder was operating and producing heavy emissions during that time.  As  illustrated in the video below, there were three times during this short 37 minute time period when the emissions were particularly heavy.  These emissions continued throughout the day, as shown in camera footage at accancamera.com.

July 29, 2020 - Second odor complaint

By Angelo Taranto

-1:15pm  (Ongoing)

-Metalico Recycling, Neville Island

Emsworth resident e-mailed a complaint to the Health Department reporting a constant odor of burning/hot plastic and metal since the earlier complaint and emissions continue to be opaque and thick. It’s hard to capture on a photo but there is a low hanging area of smog over the area and you can see clouds of pollution rolling across the river.  

-The smell is strong enough that they noticed it in their house.

-Headache and the odor leaves a foul taste in the back of their throat.

July 29, 2020

By Angelo Taranto

11:10am  (Ongoing)

-Metalico Recycling, Neville Island

Emsorth resident e-mailed a complaint to the Health Department reporting that they were out working in their yard for the past hour while Metalico had been running the shredder and with little noticeable odor, then they noticed heavy opaque emissions coming from that area around 11:10am followed by the usual heavy smell of burnt/hot plastic and metal.  The odor then continued uninterrupted..

-The odor was causing a headache, burning throat, and forced them to stop working in their yard and go inside.

July 28, 2020

Enter by: Angelo Taranto

Time of Day: 6:30 a.m. - Ongoing

Observation:  In person by Emsworth resident

Type of Complaint: Noise

Submitted to ACHD: No..

Description:  Emsworth resident emailed a complaint to Emsworth Borough, Neville Township and Ohio Township police reporting that Metalico started loading/dumping waste metal into a river barge beginning at 6:30am and has been constant/ continuous for the past 1 1/2 hours-The noise was extremely loud and jarring. It woke them up that morning.

July 27, 2020

By Angelo Taranto

-2pm -Ongoing

-Metalico Recycling, Neville Island

Emsworth resident e-mailed a complaint to the Health Department, Emsworth Borough and Ohio Township police reporting that every 5-10 seconds for the past 2 hours, Metalico had been dumping metal waste into a barge on the river. It sounds like multiple cars crashing at high speed right outside of their house and it was constant. They were also, at times, missing the barge and dumping pieces of metal waste into the river. This activity was also raising dust clouds.  All of this happens multiple times per week not to mention the constant, overwhelming odor of burning plastic and toxic emissions that come from the shredder when they cut up automobiles.

The resident stated that it is outrageous and dangerous that this is allowed to happen so close to a residential community.

They pay taxes to live in Emsworth, a residential community, and not to Neville Township. Emsworth council has long been aware of this issue from numerous neighbor complaints to the borough secretary as well as a direct complaint by them and fellow neighbors at a borough meeting, yet NOTHING has been done. Emsworth has a noise ordinance; why is Neville Township allowed to violate that with impunity?

July 27, 2020

By Angelo Taranto

1:19pm

-Metalico Recycling, Neville Island

- Emsworth resident e-mailed a complaint to the Health Department reporting a really heavy odor of burnt/hot plastic and hot rubber/oil coming from the shredder. This was consistent for over 3 hours.

-At certain times, emissions were so thick that you could see clouds of it hanging over the river and in the air.

-They have no air conditioning in their home so windows were open and the smell permeated every part of their house causing a massive headache and nausea.

July 16, 2020

By Angelo Taranto

9:20 - 10:00 a.m.

Metalico Recycling, Neville Island

I observed Metalico in-person from 9:20 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. from the Emsworth side of the river and submitted a complaint to the Health Department using their online system.  I observed equipment moving material around inside the building whose end facing the river is open.  At around 9:45 a.m. large clouds of dust were raised inside the building and blew out of the building and over the river into Emsworth.  Even though I was wearing a mask, my breathing was affected by the dust.

July 15, 2020

By Angelo Taranto

8:00 a.m. - 2:20 p.m.

Metalico Recycling, Neville Island

As I observed on camera video, large dust clouds were raised during the loading of material into a barge.

July 9, 2020

By Angelo Taranto

9:45 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Metalico Recycling, Neville Island

I observed Metalico in-person from 9:13 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. from the Emsworth side of the river and submitted a complaint to the Health Department using their online system.  I also observed Metalico’s activities for the rest of the day on accancamera.com.  Metalico’s shredder was operating from about 9:45 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  During much of that time the shredder was producing substantial emissions as evidence in the video below.  Even though I was wearing a mask, there was a discernible odor coming from those emissions.

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."

Too dark and foggy for camera footage.

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. 

Video for July 19, 2019

smoke from metallico seen coming across the river toward Emsworth

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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