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‘One of the worst’ areas
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‘One of the worst’ areas

PITTSBURGH, PA — “In a region long affected by pollution, questions such as these get asked: Where is it best to breathe? And where should people consider holding their breath? ‘There are bad spots, and there are worse spots,’ John Graham, senior scientist for the Clean Air Task Force, said […]

Dangers from coal, cars
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Dangers from coal, cars

PITTSBURGH, PA — “Our particles aren’t as bad as your particles. That’s the claim of coal-fired power companies, based on research on particulate pollution the industry has funded. The debate centers on whether smokestack pollution could be less harmful to human health than vehicle pollution. And that answer, in turn, […]

Steubenville revealed its secrets in historic pollution study
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Steubenville revealed its secrets in historic pollution study

STEUBENVILLE — “Donora and Springdale have played historic roles in the nation’s environmental movement, and their influences have been documented in the history books. But a third place in the region, not as widely known for its role in pollution history, arguably holds a spot of equal importance. This Jefferson County […]

Wind and terrain play a role in ‘transport’ pollution
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Wind and terrain play a role in ‘transport’ pollution

RACINE — “Anger and frustration flicker across Elisa Young’s face as she stands on the bank of the Ohio River to illustrate ‘transport’ pollution. It’s the pollution generated in one state that pollutes other states. She is in Racine, but behind her, across the river in West Virginia, sit the […]

New emissions measurement adds up at Clairton Coke Works
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New emissions measurement adds up at Clairton Coke Works

PITTSBURGH, PA — “Emissions of soot-forming vapors from U.S. Steel Corp.’s Clairton Coke Works were grossly underestimated by the Allegheny County Health Department for decades until 2007 when actual emissions tests showed they were more than 11 times higher than in 2006. ‘We were significantly underestimating the amount of condensable […]

Challenging the plants
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Challenging the plants

Power plant cases are tough part of enforcing clean air laws PITTSBURGH, PA — “Many of Western Pennsylvania’s 16 coal-fired power plants have been charged repeatedly for violations of their air or water pollution permits and paid relatively small penalties, according to a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette review of federal and state […]

‘Clusters’ of death
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‘Clusters’ of death

PITTSBURGH, PA — “In many places around Western Pennsylvania residents see clusters of death and clusters of people sickened by cancer or heart and lung diseases. And, like Lee Lasich, a Clairton resident, they’re frustrated that government health and environmental agencies don’t see them too, don’t do something about the […]

Region at risk: Can higher rates of death be linked to air pollution?
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Region at risk: Can higher rates of death be linked to air pollution?

PITTSBURGH, PA — “Children still run and play in the Kerona neighborhood of Shippingport, the Beaver County community that lies along the smokestack-studded valley of the Ohio River. But they aren’t Chad Hysong’s kids. The 35-year-old father of two young girls moved his family west, into Ohio, five years ago […]

Ohio lags in 2010 America’s Health Rankings
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Ohio lags in 2010 America’s Health Rankings

MINNETONKA, MN — The 2010 edition of America’s Health Rankings is out with sobering news for Ohioans. Ohio ranked 47th — 4th worst – in “fine particle” pollution, the most dangerous kind of soot. The only states worse off are California, Indiana, and Pennsylvania. In cancer deaths per capita, Ohio […]

Cleveland Hazecam
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Cleveland Hazecam

CLEVELAND — “Haze is a reduction in visibility caused by air pollution. Cleveland Hazecam is dedicated to increasing public awareness of air pollution, its causes and health effects, and what we can do to reduce it. Our hazecam generates a live image of Cleveland’s skyline every 15 minutes.” — clevelandhazecam.net Check out […]