Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project

Defending Public Health Since 2012

aka Environmental Health Project   |   Pittsburgh, PA   |
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Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project

EIN: 47-2505177


EHP defends public health in the face of oil and gas development: We provide frontline communities with timely monitoring, interpretation and guidance; we engage diverse stakeholders: health professionals, researchers, community organizers, public servants, and others; because knowledge protects health.

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Alison Steele

Main address

4165 Blair Street

Pittsburgh, PA 15207 USA

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Subject area info


Public safety

Public affairs

Rural development

Population served info


Low-income people

People with diseases and illnesses

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (W01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (M01)

Rural (S32)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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The Southwest Pennsylvania\ Environmental Health Project (EHP) is a nonprofit public health organization that assists and supports residents of Southwestern Pennsylvania and beyond who believe their health has been, or could be, impacted by unconventional oil and gas development (UOGD, or fracking).

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Community Science Monitoring


Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

At EHP we are aware that the lack of objective, reliable data on the health effects of UOGD activities raises many questions about the origins of residents’ health problems and the scope of public health risks in communities. We do not, however, see this uncertainty as a cause for inaction. As public health professionals we know that the perception in the community of environmental dangers, along with plausible sources of hazardous substances, are reason enough to provide a public health response.

While governmental agencies and other institutions are beginning the extensive research required to help determine adverse health and environmental impacts on regions affected by UOGD, this type of research takes a long time to conduct. We know people need information and help now.

Air and water monitoring and data analysis:
Dissemination of Speck air monitors and CATTFish water monitors to over 600 residents in PA, WV, OH, NY, and CA since 2013, with follow-up reports;
Development of Speck data analysis tools that allow EHP to craft reports for residents describing the number, duration, and intensity of particulate matter (PM2.5) “peaks,” and impact of wind direction, weather, and geography on residents’ exposures;
Integration of governmental data sets into EHP’s air analyses to inform communities about their potential exposures to a range of chemicals emitted from UOGD wells, compressor stations, and other infrastructure.
Public health data collection, analysis and intervention
Completion of over 550 home environment and health assessments of residents in PA, NY, and CA conducted by EHP’s nurse practitioner and other healthcare providers;
Collection of quantitative and qualitative data characterizing the psycho-social impacts of fracking followed by the creation of a toolkit designed to help residents manage those impacts by addressing their sources;
Establishment of first nationwide Shale Gas & Oil Health Registry and Resource Network to begin systematically tracking emission exposures and potentially associated health symptoms;
Currently engaged in development of a health impact assessment (HIA) tool that will provide communities with a framework in which to discuss potential health impacts as they weigh the decision whether to allow UOGD to proceed.

Outreach and Education
Education of health care professionals about UOGD-related health symptoms through EHP’s CME/CEU-bearing Medical Toolkit, info sheets, webinars, and conferences;
Introduction of the Environmental Health Channel ( which allows users to explore the correlation between health symptoms and air emissions using EHP health assessments and Speck monitoring in PA (and ultimately across the country);
Presentation of our tools, activities and analyses at EHP-sponsored events in SWPA, at grassroots organization meetings and conferences across the country, state and federal government briefings, webinars and academic conferences, and through regular EHP email blasts, and FaceBook and Twitter posts;
Dissemination of Citizen Science Toolkit which explains how communities can partner with EHP by collecting air, water, and health data in UOGD regions that we can analyze for use in policy advocacy on the local, state, and national levels.

Journal publications
1. Human exposure to unconventional natural gas development: A public health demonstration of periodic high exposure to chemical mixtures in ambient air, Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part A, 50:5, in 2015 by David R. Brown, Celia Lewis & Beth I. Weinberger and Understanding exposure from natural gas drilling puts current air standards to the test, Reviews on Environmental health, 29:4, in 2014 by David Brown, Beth Weinberger , Celia Lewis and Heather Bonaparte.

Team members’ expertise:

Air/water quality assessment
Community organizing/outreach
Health education
Health policy
Social work
Statistical analysis

Health Care:
* Family practice
* Occupational medicine
* Pediatrics
* Psychiatry
* Public health
* Oncology

EHP has been at the forefront of public health responsiveness to UOGD, consistently translating the science into tangible tools and guidance for impacted community members. Our biggest accomplishment has been gaining and retaining the trust of local community members, who often feel they have no where else to turn for recourse and solutions, either at the local or state level.


Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project
Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30
Financial documents
Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project 2018 Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project
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Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

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Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 133.07 over 8 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 4.2 over 8 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

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Average of 8% over 8 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

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Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Profitability info 2017 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$305,530 $140,438 $691,792 -$804,902 $0
As % of expenses -29.9% 14.4% 75.1% -87.4% 0.0%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$305,530 $140,438 $691,792 -$804,902 $0
As % of expenses -29.9% 14.4% 75.1% -87.4% 0.0%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $1,135,404 $1,149,803 $1,738,975 $516,872 $1,428,134
Total revenue, % change over prior year 6.5% 0.0% 51.2% -70.3% 176.3%
Program services revenue 0.1% 3.3% 0.5% 1.0% 1.3%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.1% 0.1% 0.0% 0.1% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 1.7% 1.0% 24.2% 8.7%
All other grants and contributions 99.8% 94.9% 98.5% 74.8% 89.9%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $1,021,841 $972,662 $920,704 $920,786 $900,471
Total expenses, % change over prior year -6.1% 0.0% -5.3% 0.0% -2.2%
Personnel 48.0% 48.4% 56.5% 73.7% 78.1%
Professional fees 33.8% 32.6% 27.7% 9.0% 4.5%
Occupancy 5.5% 5.4% 5.2% 5.9% 6.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.5% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 12.7% 13.6% 10.6% 10.9% 11.4%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2017 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $1,021,841 $972,662 $920,704 $920,786 $900,471
One month of savings $85,153 $81,055 $76,725 $76,732 $75,039
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $104,900
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $1,106,994 $1,053,717 $997,429 $997,518 $1,080,410

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2017 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 3.4 1.2 6.5 9.3 8.2
Months of cash and investments 3.4 1.2 6.5 9.3 8.2
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets -1.4 1.4 10.5 0.0 0.0
Balance sheet composition info 2017 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $288,864 $97,756 $499,433 $712,203 $615,432
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $0 $126,832 $552,120 $76,541 $557,093
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.5% 10.9% 3.2% 22.6% 2.6%
Unrestricted net assets -$115,523 $113,110 $804,902 $0 $0
Temporarily restricted net assets $402,917 $86,902 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $402,917 $86,902 $213,381 $612,769 $1,144,628
Total net assets $287,394 $200,012 $1,018,283 $612,769 $1,144,628

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Alison Steele

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Board of directors
as of 09/08/2023
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Board chair

Nadia Steinzor

Norm Anderson


Samantha Rubright

Michael Kane

Community Foundation for the Alleghenies

Illah Nourbakhsh

Carnegie Mellon University

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/8/2023

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