Reid Frazier http://wesa.fm en Possible Petrochemical Plant in Beaver County http://wesa.fm/post/possible-petrochemical-plant-beaver-county <p></p><p></p><p>Deliberations are underway in Beaver County as officials discuss opening a petrochemical plant in the region. After a visit to the gulf coast and other shale-rich regions in the south, Allegheny Front reporter Reid Frazier returns to Pittsburgh to disclose <a href="http://www.alleghenyfront.org/story/shale-gas-fuels-gulfs-chemical-industry">his findings</a> about ethane, crude oil and natural gas. In Beaver County, the debate hovers between job creation and environmental concerns.</p><p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 19:40:25 +0000 Katherine Blackley 18305 at http://wesa.fm Possible Petrochemical Plant in Beaver County Tracking the "Secret" Life of Soot http://wesa.fm/post/tracking-secret-life-soot <p>Breathing in the tiny particles emitted by automobile engines and power plants has been widely accepted by scientists and the public as being something to avoid.</p><p>But for a long time it was believed that these tiny particles, known as soot, were the sole toxic ingredient entering the lungs.&nbsp; However, <a href="http://www.alleghenyfront.org/about/staff/reid-frazier">Reid Frazier </a>of the Allegheny Front has discovered quite a different story. Scientists have found that soot leads a “<a href="http://www.prx.org/pieces/99993#description">secret life</a>” after being released into the air, during which it picks up gases and other poisonous hitchhikers.&nbsp; Before the soot actually enters the lungs these particles go through a unique evolution that involves a surprising combination of molecules.</p><p> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 21:51:31 +0000 Katherine Blackley 13680 at http://wesa.fm Tracking the "Secret" Life of Soot