Daily Politics News Magazine
Covering Politics, Candidates & Issues from City Hall to Capitol Hill

Allegheny County issues air quality warning for Mon Valley


Allegheny County has issued a warning about high air pollution levels in the Mon Valley.The health department said fine particle pollution, known as PM 2.5, exceeded standards for the past several days.The air quality was especially bad near the US Steel-owned Clairton Coke Works. “I had choir rehearsal last night. I came out of there and my throat was bothering me, I’m breathing hard and I can tell when something is wrong and it is the thickness or whatever is in the air,” said Charlene Wade-Prescott of Clairton.Allegheny County officials said air quality near the Clairton Coke Works has improved in recent years but some longtime residents said the past two weeks are as bad as they remember.”When you live at the top of the hill and you can see all the smoke that comes up from the mill and when it’s different colors you already know that it’s not very good quality coming out of there,” said Tara Fields of Clairton.”We’ve had nine days where our county’s air has registered as being in the ten worst places in the country,” said Matt Mehalik, executive director of the Breathe Project.A US Steel spokesperson said three of the plant’s coke batteries have been out of service for maintenance and they just shut down another one. All batteries were expected to reopen early Thursday.”The inversion appears to have broken, and data at the Liberty Monitor continues to improve,” said US Steel spokesperson Amanda Malkowski.She said the company has spent $500 million in the past three years to improve air quality”But none of those investments are really solving the problem, and our communities continue to suffer,” Mehalik said.The health department said young children, the elderly, and those with respiratory problems in the Mon Valley should limit outdoor activities until air quality improves.

Allegheny County has issued a warning about high air pollution levels in the Mon Valley.

The health department said fine particle pollution, known as PM 2.5, exceeded standards for the past several days.

The air quality was especially bad near the US Steel-owned Clairton Coke Works.

“I had choir rehearsal last night. I came out of there and my throat was bothering me, I’m breathing hard and I can tell when something is wrong and it is the thickness or whatever is in the air,” said Charlene Wade-Prescott of Clairton.

Allegheny County officials said air quality near the Clairton Coke Works has improved in recent years but some longtime residents said the past two weeks are as bad as they remember.

“When you live at the top of the hill and you can see all the smoke that comes up from the mill and when it’s different colors you already know that it’s not very good quality coming out of there,” said Tara Fields of Clairton.

“We’ve had nine days where our county’s air has registered as being in the ten worst places in the country,” said Matt Mehalik, executive director of the Breathe Project.

A US Steel spokesperson said three of the plant’s coke batteries have been out of service for maintenance and they just shut down another one. All batteries were expected to reopen early Thursday.

“The inversion appears to have broken, and data at the Liberty Monitor continues to improve,” said US Steel spokesperson Amanda Malkowski.

She said the company has spent $500 million in the past three years to improve air quality

“But none of those investments are really solving the problem, and our communities continue to suffer,” Mehalik said.

The health department said young children, the elderly, and those with respiratory problems in the Mon Valley should limit outdoor activities until air quality improves.



Read More: Allegheny County issues air quality warning for Mon Valley

Subscribe
Notify of
guest
0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

Get more stuff like this
in your inbox

Subscribe to our mailing list and get interesting stuff and updates to your email inbox.

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.