Air 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 County Considers Stricter Regulations on Wood Burning http://wesa.fm/post/county-considers-stricter-regulations-wood-burning <p>Julie Burgo was shocked when she was diagnosed with asthma in her 40s. But she had a hunch of what was causing the disorder: her neighbors’ wood burning fireplace.</p><p>When she approached her neighbors and told them that their habits were negatively affecting her health and the health of her mother, who was undergoing cancer treatment at the time, she said they retaliated with bigger and more frequent fires.</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 16:31:00 +0000 Liz Reid 31877 at http://wesa.fm County Considers Stricter Regulations on Wood Burning Pennsylvania Reactions Mixed on New Proposed EPA Regulations http://wesa.fm/post/pennsylvania-reactions-mixed-new-proposed-epa-regulations <p>Environmental groups are applauding the <a href="http://wesa.fm/post/epa-unveil-new-proposal-targeting-greenhouse-gases">Obama administration’s proposal</a> to reduce emissions from power plants while many in the energy industry, namely in coal, are panning it.</p><p>“This is a ground-breaking moment for Pennsylvania, for the nation, for the globe,” said Christina Simeone, director of the PennFuture Energy Center.</p><p>The Pennsylvania Coal Alliance sees it differently.</p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 19:14:11 +0000 Deanna Garcia 30247 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 Particulate Pollution Down, Smog Up in Pittsburgh http://wesa.fm/post/particulate-pollution-down-smog-pittsburgh <p>A new report shows that Pittsburgh’s air quality has improved – but it still received failing grades.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">That’s according to the American Lung Association’s </span><a href="http://www.stateoftheair.org/">15<sup>th</sup></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.stateoftheair.org/"> annual “State of the Air”</a> report measuring the amount of pollution throughout the nation. &nbsp;The study found that&nbsp;147.6 million Americans live in counties with unhealthy levels of either ozone or particle pollution.</span></p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 12:47:36 +0000 Jessica Nath 28393 at http://wesa.fm Corbett's New Pollution Plan Fails to Address the Top Polluters, Says Sierra Club http://wesa.fm/post/corbetts-new-pollution-plan-fails-address-top-polluters-says-sierra-club <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This past Saturday, Governor Corbett and the Department of Environmental Protection (</span>DEP<span style="line-height: 1.5;">) </span><a href="http://www.pabulletin.com/secure/data/vol44/44-16/815.html" style="line-height: 1.5;">published a draft plan</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> intended to reduce dangerous smog pollution that puts nearly two-thirds of Pennsylvanians’ health at risk.</span></p><p>However, some feel the expected plan falls short, failing to set meaningful limits on smog-causing pollution from the state’s largest emitters – <a href="http://sc.org/cutsmog">coal-fired power plants</a>.</p><p>Kim Teplitzky, deputy press secretary of the Sierra Club said all of South Western PA has been designated unsafe in terms of air quality by the EPA. She compares the breathing in of smog pollution to a sunburn on your lungs.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 18:42:25 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 27932 at http://wesa.fm Corbett's New Pollution Plan Fails to Address the Top Polluters, Says Sierra Club County Collects Woodstoves, Boilers to Reduce Pollution http://wesa.fm/post/county-collects-woodstoves-boilers-reduce-pollution <p>Woodstoves and boilers might have helped keep homes warm over the winter, but they also could have harmed the environment.</p><p>That’s why for the second year, the Allegheny County Health Department is collecting old woodstoves and outdoor wood-fired boilers that do not meet the current national emission standards.</p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 18:41:48 +0000 Jessica Nath 26959 at http://wesa.fm Tracking the "Secret" Life of Soot http://wesa.fm/post/tracking-secret-life-soot <p>Breathing in the tiny particles emitted by automobile engines and power plants has been widely accepted by scientists and the public as being something to avoid.</p><p>But for a long time it was believed that these tiny particles, known as soot, were the sole toxic ingredient entering the lungs.&nbsp; However, <a href="http://www.alleghenyfront.org/about/staff/reid-frazier">Reid Frazier </a>of the Allegheny Front has discovered quite a different story. Scientists have found that soot leads a “<a href="http://www.prx.org/pieces/99993#description">secret life</a>” after being released into the air, during which it picks up gases and other poisonous hitchhikers.&nbsp; Before the soot actually enters the lungs these particles go through a unique evolution that involves a surprising combination of molecules.</p><p> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 21:51:31 +0000 Katherine Blackley 13680 at http://wesa.fm Tracking the "Secret" Life of Soot 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 Pittsburgh Air Is Getting Cleaner, But It's Still Dirty http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-air-getting-cleaner-its-still-dirty <p>Pittsburgh’s air has gotten cleaner, but the city still ranks as one of the most polluted in the country.</p><p>That's according to the American Lung Association’s annual <a href="http://www.stateoftheair.org/2013/">State of the Air report</a> released Wednesday. According to the report, Pittsburgh ranks eighth in year-round particle pollution, the mix of tiny solid and liquid particles in the air. These particles can increase the risk of heart and lung disease and adverse birth outcomes.</p> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 18:49:17 +0000 Jared Adkins 8405 at http://wesa.fm