1.5 million Pennsylvanians live close to large amounts of hazardous ammonia

Ammonia, a toxic gas the Environmental Protection Agency classifies as extremely hazardous, is the most widely used dangerous chemical in Pennsylvania.

One in every eight Pennsylvanians — 1.5 million people -- lives close enough to facilities that store large amounts of ammonia to be at risk in a catastrophic chemical accident, according to a PublicSource analysis of federal records.

Update: Hearing will examine secretive Pittsburgh nonprofit

A state lawmaker has scheduled a public hearing to examine the legality of a secretive Pittsburgh nonprofit group that has been running television ads critical of Gov. Tom Corbett.

“Clearly, they are trying to influence the outcome of elections,” said state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, R-Cranberry, about Pennsylvanians for Accountability. “The law requires if they make these kinds of expenditures they have to report that.”

A ‘social welfare’ group that nobody knows

Pennsylvanians for Accountability runs television ads that accuse Gov. Tom Corbett of playing a shell game with the state.

But what game is the Pittsburgh advocacy group itself playing? It refuses to name its officers and directors. It conceals its funders. It uses a mail drop for an address.