Read the full report here: Clearing The Air 3.0 report
Clearing The Air 1.0 used 2019 EPA data and research by others to dispel the myth that the air in the Pittsburgh region is among the worst in the country. That initial report found that our air is fairly typical of that found in big-city regions around the country. This report, Clearing The Air 3.0, uses 2021 EPA data to continue our monitoring of the region’s air quality, which remains better than in some places and worse than in others.
Findings in this report include:
Top 50 Metro Areas*: 2021 PM 2.5 24-hour Peak Levels
This is not to say we should be content. There is still further work that can be done to improve air quality in the region. And there may be communities where the air quality tends to be worse than the region’s typical conditions. But we need to act based on facts, not fear or feelings. Misunderstanding the nature of the region’s air quality can lead people to believe that they live in a uniquely bad community and are putting their health at risk unnecessarily. It can send an inaccurate message to people and companies considering living or investing in the region. And mischaracterizing the problem puts pressure on regulators and public officials to solve “problems” that some people imagine exist rather than those that actually do.
Read Clearing the Air 2.0 here: Clearing The Air 2.0
Read Clearing The Air 1.0 here: Clearing The Air 1.0