Report Says Pittsburgh Region Is 4th Worst In Country For Bad Air Days

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A new study ranks the Pittsburgh region the 4th worst in the country for air pollution.
Every day, coal-fired power plants like the Cheswick Generating Station belch carbon and ash into the air, and even though the plant has new filters and scrubbers, those who live in its shadow share a daily worry.
Sixty percent of the air pollution in our region comes from industrial sources like that plant and a new report by the group PennEnvironment showed that in 2016, ozone and particulate pollution reached unacceptable levels on 121 days — one out of every three days.
A bad air day is one where smog and particulate pollution poses a moderate-to-severe risk to people, but especially to those with existing health problems.
A coalition of groups is asking the county health department to step up monitoring and permitting of industrial facilities. They’re also asking for the public’s help in tracking dangerous plumes on the so-called Breathe Cams on the Breathe Project website, which has cameras on facilities like the Clairton Coke Works.
To read PennEnvironment’s full report, visit
For more information on the Breathe Project, visit

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