Tragic Results Of One Town’s Pollution

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  In the fall of 1948, just a few days before Halloween, the tiny mill town of Donora, Pennsylvania was in for a swift, tragic and frightening disaster. The town of Donora is situated within a bend of the Monongahela River. It was a hard-working town filled with residents, nearly half of whom worked at one of U.S. Steel’s two plants. Both the Donora Zinc Works and the American Steel & Wire plant were surrounded by half a mile of dead plants. The routine emissions were thick and yellowish and…