Pittsburgh Experiences 90 Days Of Unhealthy Air In 2018

Nick Horwat
January 28, 2020 - 8:14 pm
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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDAK) The Pittsburgh area had three months of unhealthy air quality in 2018, according to a new study released by Penn Environment.

The 90 days of bad air came from two main causes, according to Penn Environment’s Zach Barber industrial pollution and transportation.

“Industrial pollution is the largest piece of our pie here in Pittsburgh but it’s not the only one and transportation emissions are another major source of this dangerous pollution,” Barber said.

Unhealthy air quality is decided by amount of sut or smog in the air.

The cities old steel mills would make for poor air quality, the mills are now mostly gone but industail pollution continues to be an issue for the city's air.

Smog realtes to the effect of the ozone and comes from transportation sources.

Barber also said it is up to politicians to act to keep the air clean.

On an upside to Pittsburgh’s poor air quality, it was far from the worst.

San Bernardino, Calif. had 227 days of bad air.

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