air quality 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 County Health Department Seeking Public Participation http://wesa.fm/post/county-health-department-seeking-public-participation <p>The Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) is asking for public feedback on its <a href="http://www.achd.net/air/publiccomment2014/netrev2014draft.pdf">2014 Air Monitoring Network Review</a>, an annual report listing where and how air pollution is being measured.</p><p>The 78-page document, required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, includes the location of monitoring stations, the process used to monitor the air and the pollutants detected at each location.</p> Fri, 30 May 2014 18:32:50 +0000 Michael Lynch 30124 at http://wesa.fm Allegheny County Air Quality Meets Federal Standards http://wesa.fm/post/allegheny-county-air-quality-meets-federal-standards <p>Officials say air quality in the county around Pittsburgh met federal standards for fine soot pollution for the first time in 2013.</p><p>Allegheny County Health Director Dr. Karen Hacker says in a Friday statement that the news marks "a huge leap forward" in efforts to improve air quality. All eight monitoring sites in the county met standards for fine particulate pollution, which can come from coal-fired power plants, autos and trucks, and plants that produce coke for steel mills.</p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 20:57:17 +0000 The Associated Press 25879 at http://wesa.fm Is Pittsburgh an Icon of Healthy Living? http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-icon-healthy-living <p>Apparently living a Pittsburgh lifestyle is good for your health.</p><p>Well, not if you think that simply means eating pierogies and Primanti's everyday.&nbsp;</p><p>The Huffington Post focused on <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/18/pittsburgh-health_n_4339476.html">nine lessons Pittsburgh offers</a> on living well, as part of their <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/living-well-on-location/"><em>Living Well, On Location series</em></a>. Thu, 19 Dec 2013 20:14:58 +0000 Heather McClain 21652 at http://wesa.fm Is Pittsburgh an Icon of Healthy Living? EPA School Flag Program Monitors Pittsburgh Region’s Air Quality http://wesa.fm/post/epa-school-flag-program-monitors-pittsburgh-region-s-air-quality <p>The Group Against Smog and Pollution (GASP) and the federal Environmental Protection Agency are partnering on the so-called School Flag Program, which debuted last week at the Environmental Charter School at Frick Park.</p><p>“The School Flag Program was developed by the EPA, and it’s an engaging, hands-on way for students to inform their entire school and community about the region’s air quality and then to take necessary steps to minimize their exposure to high levels of air pollution,” said Karrie Kressler, of GASP.</p> Tue, 28 May 2013 15:34:16 +0000 Deanna Garcia 10321 at http://wesa.fm EPA School Flag Program Monitors Pittsburgh Region’s Air Quality Summit Assesses Overall Health Effects of Pittsburgh Air Quality http://wesa.fm/post/summit-assesses-overall-health-effects-pittsburgh-air-quality <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Air quality in Pittsburgh is </span><a href="http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-air-getting-cleaner-its-still-dirty" style="line-height: 1.5;">getting cleaner</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, but it continues to negatively affect the health and well-being of city residents.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Breathe Project and Allegheny General Hospital convened a summit Tuesday — World Asthma Day — to examine the overall effects of poor air quality, from increased instances of asthmatic attacks, higher mortality rates and cancer.</span></p> Tue, 07 May 2013 20:29:41 +0000 Margaret J. Krauss 9128 at http://wesa.fm Old Diesel Equipment Still Spewing Soot Into Pittsburgh's Air http://wesa.fm/post/old-diesel-equipment-still-spewing-soot-pittsburghs-air <div class="field-item even"><p>Morry Feldman downs two horse pills with breakfast. Then, he uses four different sprays. Two puffs into the mouth.&nbsp; Two into the nose. Repeat at&nbsp;dinner.</p><p>Feldman, 59, has severe asthma and allergies. And Pittsburgh is among the worst places he could live or work because of the region’s poor air&nbsp;quality.</p><p>“If I miss a dose, I start to get sick,” said Feldman, a senior account executive at WQED&nbsp;Multimedia.</p><p>Feldman is one of nearly 97,000 adults in Allegheny County with&nbsp;asthma.</p> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 14:39:45 +0000 PublicSource 2492 at http://wesa.fm Old Diesel Equipment Still Spewing Soot Into Pittsburgh's Air