PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The American Lung Association’s annual “State of the Air” report ranks the Pittsburgh region among the worst in the nation for certain types of pollution.
The Pittsburgh region is eighth-worst for year-round fine particle pollution, or soot. That’s the same position it held in the same report last year. Specifically, the grades for Beaver and Washington counties have slipped.READ MORE: Hundreds Of Kids Get Free Halloween Costumes Thanks To Emma Munson Foundation
Not all the findings in the report shine a bad light on the Pittsburgh region.
The region’s ranking for short-term fine particle pollution improved slightly. Lawrence and Westmoreland counties earned passing grades of D after receiving F’s in last year’s report. Also, all nine counties in the Pittsburgh metro area showed a small improvement in ground-level ozone.READ MORE: Woodland Hills High School Moves To Virtual Instruction Due To 'Credible Threats' After Fights At School
Advocates are calling on leaders and the Allegheny County Health Department to take action in response to the report to improve the region’s air quality.
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