November 15, 2023
PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA, November 15, 2023 - Pittsburgh Works Together, an economic development alliance of business and organized labor locals, has released its annual air quality report providing valuable insights into the state of the air quality in the Pittsburgh region. This comprehensive report offers a detailed analysis of air pollution levels and trends impacting the local environment. The new report, Clearing the Air 4.0, uses the latest EPA data to assess the region’s air quality, which continues to improve year after year, noting that for the first time ever, Allegheny County has been in compliance with all EPA standards for two consecutive years.
Most significantly, the level of microscopic soot pollution (PM2.5) at the Liberty air monitor which is used by the EPA to measure Allegheny County’s compliance with the Clean Air Act standards declined 7% in 2022 compared to 2021 and has dropped 23.2% over the past decade. It has been in compliance with federal standards since 2020.
Other key findings of Clearing the Air 4.0 include:
The report notes that while many of the findings shine a light on the positive progress of air quality in the region, there is still further work that can be done to make improvements.
“As our research over the past few years has demonstrated, the air quality in the Pittsburgh region is fairly typical of a major metropolitan region, better than in some places and worse than in others,” said Jeff Nobers, Executive Director of Pittsburgh Works Together. “This is not to say that we don’t have continuing work to do in protecting our environment, but we need our efforts and decisions to be based on facts – not innuendo.”
About Pittsburgh Works Together
Pittsburgh Works Together is a business-organized labor-workforce-economic development alliance working to grow jobs and expand the industries that are the foundation of our economy, including energy, manufacturing, and construction, to provide opportunity for all residents. To learn more, please visit pghworks.com.
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