EPA is once again requiring Allegheny County to come up with a plan to reduce air pollution so our region can meet federal Clean Air Act standards for fine particle pollution, basically soot so small we can inhale it deep in our lungs. The Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) is putting together the plan and they want to know what the public thinks. With Allegheny County having almost twice the national average for asthma, it is critical that ACHD puts together a strong plan that quickly improves our air quality and protects our families.
Unfortunately, ACHD’s plan needs major improvements. Despite the Mon Valley having some of the worst air pollution in the entire state, there are no requirements on US Steel’s Clairton Coke Works to reduce pollution under this cleanup plan! Overall, ACHD is working to just barely meet federal air standards, far short of what really healthy air looks like. Just as earning the federal minimum wage can’t support a families’ basic needs, meeting minimum air standards doesn’t protect our families’ health.
Take action today to let ACHD know how you feel – thank you!