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The Reality Of Pittsburgh’s Air Quality

“We are not meeting federal standards for fine particulate matter, ozone, or sulfur dioxide, and there have been persistent violations of a hydrogen sulfide state standard at one of the County’s monitors. Two-thirds of the days each year have periods when our air quality is deemed not good, based on these federal standards. When we do have an air quality action day, like we did earlier this week, residents are urged not to mow their lawns, to take a bus instead of using a personal automobile and to reduce outdoor exercise. These recommendations are good, but what is industry doing to lessen their much larger contribution to our air pollution problem? . . .

“Every Pittsburgher has the right to breathe healthy air. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently upheld a broad interpretation of Article 1 Section 27 of the Pennsylvania State Constitution, which states that Pennsylvanians have a constitutional right to clean air. Like every city Pittsburgh aspires to be the best. ”

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