Health Department Finds Pittsburgh’s Air Pollution Rating Flawed

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The American Lung Association says our area is one of the most polluted in the nation, but local health officials say the findings are flawed.

The rankings are based on the average concentration of microscopic particles in the air.

Pittsburgh is No. 3 on the list. Last year, the city led the pack.

“While we may have made a slight improvement, it’s still a long way to go before people can feel like it’s safe to breathe our air,” Heather Sage, a spokesperson for Citizens For Pennsylvania’s Future, said.

The Allegheny County Health Department objects to how the data was obtained.

It says the American Lung Association used a monitor near the Clairton Coke Works where readings are always high.

“The fact of the matter is we have seven other monitoring sites for this kind of air pollution – fine particulates – and all of these other monitoring sites are recording much lower pollution levels – levels that actually meet national standards,” Guillermo Cole, a spokesman for the health department, said.

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One Comment

  1. adda boy says:

    keep up this kind of BS testing and all of manufacturing will be in mexico where there are no laws for air quality. Hope the wind blows due south when that happens.

  2. Darren says:

    I like how the American Lung Association sets up one monitor next to a factory 15 miles south of Pittsburgh and forms a conclusion that the entire area has the worst air in the country. This is not a representative sample. It’s like polling one person in Texas who says they’re voting for the Republican candidate and concluding that 100% of people in Texas are voting Republican.

    You can make numbers say whatever you want them to say. Pick any city. If you want to show that their air is unbreathable then stick a monitor right behind somebody’s tailpipe. If you want to show the air is pristine then hang it from a tree in the middle of the park.

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