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ER visits for asthma dropped 38% the year after one of Pittsburgh’s biggest polluters shut down

“A soon-to-be-published study undertaken by the Allegheny County Health Department found emergency room visits for asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) dropped by 37.9 percent in the region the year after the plant closed. ER visits for cardiovascular diseases including heart attacks and strokes decreased by 26.5 percent.

“The health department also monitored air quality in the region before and after the plant closure, and observed that annual levels of particulate matter pollution, which causes higher rates of asthma and heart disease, decreased by 11 percent—from 10.9 to 9.7 micrograms per cubic meter—in the year after the plant stopped its operations.”

FULL STORY published May 8, 2018 via Environmental Health News