April 19, 2020
PITTSBURGH, PA – A robust economy and a clean and healthy environment go together, the labor-business alliance Pittsburgh Works Together said in a statement to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.
“The need for both a healthy environment and for our locally produced metals and plastics sectors comes into dramatic focus with the current COVID-19 crisis,” said noted civic leader Morgan O’Brien, co-chair of Pittsburgh Works. “Ventilators, which are saving thousands of lives, are constructed primarily from metal and plastic. We need more capacity to create critical materials here locally where we know that no one builds a better product and is more environmentally responsible.”
“As the economy recovers, it is critical that manufacturing and supply chains move from overseas to the United States to help protect against future disruptions, and we know western Pennsylvania can lead the way with both a highly skilled workforce and environmental responsibility like nowhere else in the world ,” O’Brien said.
“We are producing metals in ways that are cleaner than ever, and increased use of natural gas is reducing the impacts on our atmosphere. Our construction trade unions and contractors are proud of both the jobs they create, and their contributions to the progress we have made to make our air and water cleaner,” said labor leader Tom Melcher, co-chair of Pittsburgh Works. “Innovation and investment are critical to continuous improvement of the environment, which is the basic premise of Earth Day.”
EPA particulate matter regional trends (PM2.5 weighted annual mean, micrograms per cubic meter)
Source: Air Quality Statistics By City, 2018 | https://www.epa.gov/air-trends/air-quality-cities-and-counties