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New report says central Pa. cities had worst air quality in 2020, calls for emissions cuts

PennEnvironment’s “Trouble in the Air” report shows Lancaster had 107 unhealthy air days in 2020, while Harrisburg had 97 and Reading had 82.

By Rachel McDevitt

Proposed natural gas power plant in Washington County asks state to withdraw permits

An environmental group had challenged the company’s air quality permit.

By Reid Frazier

Updated: October 1, 2021 | 3:08 pm

US Steel is trying to block Allegheny County’s new coke oven rules

The company said the county is not “honoring its end of the bargain” struck as part of a 2019 settlement over air pollution violations.

By Reid Frazier

Allegheny County takes aim at air pollution during inversions

US Steel, other industrial companies will submit plans to lower emissions during weather ‘episodes.’

By Reid Frazier

Parts of Pa. got hazy because of intense western wildfires. It could happen more often

As climate change creates conditions that lead to more intense wildfires, Pennsylvania could see more pollution from them.

By Rachel McDevitt

Southwestern Pa. network takes on ‘unnecessary’ environmental risks for cancer

The network of physicians, researchers, activists and cancer survivors says research shows rates for six types of cancer that have strong links to toxic chemicals are elevated in seven Southwestern Pennsylvania counties compared with national rates.

By Julie Grant/The Allegheny Front

Updated: July 14, 2021 | 12:54 pm

Study: Biden climate policy would have $1T in health benefits, save thousands of lives

The study focused on potential health outcomes and did not consider employment or economic impacts of the policy.

By Reid Frazier

New study links increase in asthma hospital visits to 2018 fire at U.S. Steel’s Clairton plant

The Christmas Eve fire destroyed the pollution controls at the Clairton Coke Works, knocking them offline for three months.

By Kiley Koscinski/WESA

What researchers are learning about air pollution and the pandemic shutdown

As the coronavirus raged in the U.S., air quality researchers were granted the gift of a natural experiment. It may be another year before the data can be analyzed.

By Susan Phillips

Pittsburgh’s air improving, but still gets an ‘F’ from American Lung Association

The Philadelphia, Lancaster and Berks County areas also received poor grades; the Harrisburg area received passing grades. 

By Reid Frazier