Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Our Dirty Secret

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Our Dirty Secret

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Is our "gritty past" really behind us as our Amazon pitch would claim ("In its Pitch to Amazon, Pittsburgh Highlights Revival From Gritty Past," Oct. 20)? As per usual, the Allegheny County Air Program of the Allegheny County Health Department is not paying sufficient attention to excessive hydrogen sulfide as reported by GASP and Smell Pittsburgh. The ACHD received 396 reports of noxious air from Sept. 29, 2016, and Sept. 5, 2017, smells allegedly emanating from U.S. Steel's Clairton Works.

These noxious smells are just the tip of the iceberg of long-term air quality violations in the Mon Valley and their effect on health. (See a report at heinz.org, "Asthma in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County, Current Information and Future Directions.") Small particulates lodge deeper in the lungs and cause the most damage to lung health. …

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