Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Air Quality Partnership of Lehigh Valley - Berks, Air Quality Partnership of the Delaware Valley, Air Quality Partnership of the Susquehanna Valley, American Lung Association (ALA) of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania DEP - BAQ - Current Air Quality Index (AQI) by Area, Pennsylvania DEP - Bureau of Air Quality (BAQ), Pennsylvania DEP – Air Quality Forecast Home Page. The 20th annual air quality "report card" tracks Americans' exposure to unhealthful levels of ozone and particle pollution, both of which can be deadly. Each year, the "State of the Air" provides a report card on the two most widespread outdoor air pollutants, ozone pollution, also known as smog, and particle pollution, often called soot. In fact, the report found. Join the 500,000+ people getting our newsletter! The American Lung Association is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. If you smoked, low dose CT screening could save your life. means that we all pay a price with our health, our families and our reduced prosperity,” said Matt Mehalik, By Eric Heyl, April 24, 2019, Your email address will not be published. Ozone Pollution in the Pittsburgh-New Castle-Weirton, PA-OH-WV metro area. The American Lung Association released its 2019 “State of the Air” report and Pittsburgh did not fare well: Not only did it rank the Pittsburgh area’s air quality as the 7th worst in the country, but it also indicated that when it comes to air pollution things are getting worse, not better. By Kristina Marusic, April 24, 2019, The Allegheny Front – “Failing Grades for Pittsburgh’s Air” Outside of California, Allegheny County is the only county in the United States that recorded failing grades for all three. By Don Hopey, April 24, 2019, Environmental Health News – “Pittsburgh Air Quality Continues to Decline” The American Lung Association released its 2019 “State of the Air” report and Pittsburgh did not fare well: Not only did it rank the Pittsburgh area’s air quality as the 7th worst in the country, but it also indicated that when it comes to air pollution things are getting worse, not better. "In addition to challenges here in Pittsburgh and the 12-county metro area, the 20th-anniversary 'State of the Air' report highlights that more than 4 in 10 Americans are living with unhealthy air, and we're heading in the wrong direction when it comes to protecting public health.". Notably, those three years were the hottest recorded in global history. Take the quiz to see if you should get screened. Nationwide, the best progress in this year's report came in reducing year-round levels of particle pollution, but Pittsburgh's results ran counter to that trend, just as they did last year. Pittsburgh Air Quality Index (AQI) is now Moderate. The 2019 report also found that both daily and year-round particle pollution levels were significantly higher than in the 2018 report. Each year, the “State of the Air” provides a report card on the two most widespread outdoor air pollution, ozone pollution – also known as smog – and particle pollution, often called soot. Required fields are marked *, Our weekly GASP Alert and twice-yearly Hotline newsletter. [email protected]. American Lung Association says Allegheny County only one outside California to get “F” grades for smog and short and long-term soot. The report analyzes particle pollution in two ways: through average annual particle pollution levels and short-term spikes in particle pollution.