Read the full report here: Clearing The Air 4.0 report
Pittsburgh Works Together issued the first Clearing the Air report, version 1.0, using 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; better than some, worse than others.
This report, Clearing the Air 4.0, uses 2022 EPA data to continue our monitoring of the region’s air quality, which continues to improve year after year.
And if you still think that Pittsburgh and Allegheny County have bad air, you better stay away from Seattle, Austin, and San Diego, because theirs is worse (See page 18). Other findings in this report include:
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 3.0 here: Clearing The Air 3.0
Read Clearing the Air 2.0 here: Clearing The Air 2.0
Read Clearing The Air 1.0 here: Clearing The Air 1.0