Report: Allegheny Co. Saw 90 Days Of Unhealthy Air In 2018

CBS Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A new report just released says for months, people in Allegheny County were breathing in polluted air.

Environmental experts, supporters and doctors say that everyone in Allegheny County has a right to breathe cleaner air, and that’s why they want to boost funding for the Allegheny County Health Department in order to crack down on the biggest polluters.

“People here in Allegheny County are fed up and are ready to be able to breathe without putting their health at risk,” said Bethany Hallam, Allegheny Councilperson At-Large.

In a 2018 report from PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center and Frontier Group, the Pittsburgh region had 90 days of unhealthy air quality.

“That means for about three months of the year, or at least one day a week, the air that we are breathing was putting our health at risk,” said Zachary Barber of PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center.