Episode 2: Welcome to Ozone Season

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It’s spring! Tulips are poking their heads out of the melting snow and athletes are lacing up their shoes to get active. But wait–not so fast. April is also the beginning of ozone season! Ozone is a dangerous pollutant, a product of a reaction that is created in the spring heat. So: Welcome to Ozone Season, where we hear from two athletes, a doctor, and an educator about how to cope with ozone in a region where this pollutant is often well above recommended levels.

Call to Action: Be a citizen scientist! Join us and Venture Outdoors on Saturday, May 19th from 9 AM until noon for an education bike ride where we investigate our air pollution and its sources. Using bicycle monitors as well as surveys, we’ll collect data from several of Pittsburgh’s riverfront trails to inform about the care and needs of each specific site. We’ll pedal 12 – 15 miles on this outing.


Michele Fetting: Michele holds many identities–an environmental nonprofit consultant, a committed athlete, a cancer survivor–but she joins us on the show as the reviver of the Pittsburgh Marathon.

Meredith Colaizzi: Meredith is the executive director of Girls on the Run, a nonprofit that empowers young girls through running and mentorship.

Dr. Deborah Gentile: A pediatrician and a member of the Division of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology at the Pediatric Alliance. Her research on childhood asthma and air pollution has been influential on our understanding of the impact of air pollution in Allegheny County.

Chelsea Arnold: GASP’s Education and Events Coordinator, Chelsea joins the show to talk about Athletes United for Healthy Air.


Disclaimer: The views expressed on On the Air are those of the persons appearing on the program and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Group Against Smog and Pollution.


  1. Do you have smog testing for vehicles and ban on residential wood burning ?

    - Alan | 01:00pm 10 Apr 18
    1. Hi Alan. Certain counties in PA have emissions testing for gasoline-powered vehicles. Allegheny County, where we are located, has a ban on wood burning on air quality action days, and we have certain restrictions on what can be burned etc. But both of these are emissions sectors where the regulations could be even better…

      - Jamin | 12:26pm 16 Apr 18

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