Pollution http://wesa.fm en Rewards Offered in Woodstove Roundup http://wesa.fm/post/rewards-offered-woodstove-roundup <p>Despite the popularity and appeal of summer bonfires, too much wood smoke can cause problems, according to Allegheny County Health Department. The smoke can contain toxins, act as an asthma trigger and prevent neighbors from opening windows to receive cool breezes.</p><p>That’s why the ACHD’s Air Quality Program offered rewards for older, uncertified wood furnaces and wood-fired boilers.</p><p>On May 17<sup>th</sup>, 62 woodstoves were collected in North Park, loaded into trucks, and recycled by Tube City IMS.</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 20:53:47 +0000 Kaye Burnet 31494 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh Under Code Orange Air Quality Alert http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-under-code-orange-air-quality-alert <p>The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is warning children, the elderly and those with respiratory issues to limit outdoor activities in the Pittsburgh area Thursday.</p><p>The DEP issued a code orange air pollution alert for five Pennsylvania regions.</p><p>The pollution comes from an overabundance of ground-level ozone, a fundamental element of smog. The ozone forms during hot, sunny days when pollution from cars, factories, homes and power plants mix with nitrogen oxides in the air, causing people to breathe in the volatile organic compounds.</p> Thu, 30 May 2013 15:40:25 +0000 Michael Lynch 10478 at http://wesa.fm