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Editorial: Link between pollution and COVID-19 mortality rate should have Allegheny County’s attention

Allegheny County’s high levels of air pollution may put residents more at risk for contracting COVID-19.

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

April 7, 2020

It’s imperative that the county, of all places, considers this correlation and has a frank and honest conversation about tackling air pollution once this pandemic is over.

Community airs pollution concerns at Strassburger’s listening session

Billy Epting, who lives in Lawrenceville, brought his six-month-old daughter to City Councilperson Erika Strassburger’s community listening session Wednesday.

By Emily Wolfe, Contributing Editor

June 27, 2019

Each speaker was given three minutes at the microphone. They touched on a variety of issues, including electric busing and the Clairton Coke Works plant.

Pittsburgh receives “F” for air quality despite decades of improvement

U.S. Steel’s Clairton Coke Works plant.

By Brian Gentry, Senior Staff Writer

May 14, 2019

Pittsburgh has made strides in distancing itself from its industrial past, but the region remains plagued by lingering air quality concerns.

Editorial: Air quality concerns require stronger action

A Code Orange air quality alert appeared on many smartphones and weather apps on Saturday.

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 7, 2019

The number of air quality alerts issued lately is cause for great concern. It feels as if we’re sliding backwards with our air quality, and this is something we absolutely can’t allow to happen.

Editorial: To protect Mon Valley, U.S. Steel must change

Coke is used as fuel for iron ore smelting and metalworking processes.

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 18, 2019

The Clairton Coke Works plant has a long history of pollution violations. With the health of local residents at stake, U.S. Steel must finally commit to improving the coke plant’s track record.

Breathe easier: More air quality regulations needed

Breathe easier: More air quality regulations needed

By Brian Gentry, Contributing Editor

September 6, 2018

With the federal government waging a war against the environment, state and local authorities must enforce air quality regulations to protect public health.

PennEnvironment hosts rally for clean air

Dianne Peterson holds a sign criticizing county executive Rich Fitzgerald’s positions on environmental matters at a Fridays with Fitzgerald protest held at the Allegheny County Courthouse.

By Sarah Shearer, Assistant News Editor

September 4, 2018

Citizens assemble at the Allegheny County Courthouse, waving signs condemning dirty air, as they meet for another Friday with Fitzgerald.

When environmental groups overstep, progress halts

Ginger Brooks Takahashi (right) protested during the Lawrenceville Steel Foundry Public Hearing Monday night at Arsenal Middle School. (Photo by Aaron Schoen | Staff Photographer)

By Brian Gentry | Columnist

December 6, 2017

The auditorium of Arsenal Middle School contained an eclectic mix of people Monday night. In the middle aisle, a sharply dressed younger crowd in scarves and thick-rimmed glasses conversed with representatives from environmental groups such as PennEnvironment and Lawrenceville United. Meanwhile, gruff, blue-...

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