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Methane From Natural Gas Industry Must Be Better Controlled

Methane is the second-most prevalent greenhouse gas in the U.S., and at least a quarter of it comes from our natural gas industry. It’s more than 80 times more potent than carbon dioxide over a 20-year span. Methane emissions from this industry must be addressed if we are to combat climate change. Public health is at risk from climate change….

Comment on Allegheny County’s 2017 Air Monitor Plan

In Allegheny County, the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) manages a network of monitors that sample various pollutants in the county’s air. Each year, ACHD publishes their plans for the network and invites the public to comment on these plans. That’s where you come in! ACHD is taking comments on their 2017 plan, but only until 5 p.m. on June…

A Change in the Air After the Closure of the Shenango Coke Plant

Spring 2016 is proving to be unlike any previous spring for residents of communities surrounding Neville Island. Since the DTE Energy Shenango Coke Plant ended production in January, pollution from the battery no longer intrudes in their lives. Daily routines, as ordinary as opening windows to let in an evening breeze, are joyful events for many residents. Gretchen Anderson and…

Making the Connection: Air Pollution and Brain Health

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Our region must take advantage of funding to reduce toxic diesel pollution

Whether you live near train tracks, work near a construction site, or are just standing in line for a bus, you are likely exposed to diesel emissions sometime during the day. Diesel particulate matter is a pervasive “toxic air contaminant” according to the California Air Resources Board, for which there is no safe level of exposure. Diesel particulate matter poses…

Do You Know a School that Needs the EPA School Flag Program?

Students: Looking to increase air pollution awareness at your school, or spark sustainability efforts? Parents: Want your children to know more about air pollution, how they can protect themselves from it, and how they can reduce it? Teachers: Need a hands-on activity and a ton of air quality content? Then participate in the EPA School Flag Program! This program uses…

Clairton Coke Put On Notice

On January 28, our friends at PennFuture issued a 60-day Notice of Intent to Sue to U.S. Steel’s Clairton Coke Works, the largest coke works in the nation. The lawsuit addresses thousands of violations of combustion stack opacity limits and other regulations that the coke works is subject to, recorded from 1/1/2012 onward. The facility is about 11 miles from…

New Years Resolution: Support Cleaner Air!

Fellow Breathers: Each week brings Pittsburgh another major accolade. Recent praise includes being listed by Forbes as one of America’s Best Places to Retire in 2015, Zillow naming Pittsburgh the Best Market for First-Time Home Buyers in 2015, and Zagat’s Top Food City of 2015. World class hospitals, amazing museums and performance venues, abundant green space, and other important factors…

School Buses Should Be Clean and Safe

We trust our buses to take our children to school and back in a safe manner. But some older diesel buses emit toxic pollution that harms the driver, the passengers, and everyone in the community near the buses. GASP gave testimony last night to the Pittsburgh Public School Board, asking them to require all clean buses in their new contracts…

In the Air: Visualizing What We Breathe

Join GASP on Wednesday, December 9th from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Pittsburgh Filmmakers’ current exhibit “In the Air: Visualizing What We Breathe.” Hear from the photographers, who spent the last year traveling the region to meet people and visit places affected by poor air quality. You’ll also hear from the curators and GASP. The event is open to…