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Group Against Smog and Pollution, Inc. We work to improve air quality to ensure human, environmental, and economic health. Pittsburgh has made progress to improve air qualitybut More than 60% of days in 2015 were yellow days or worse.

  1. Group Against Smog and Pollution, Inc. We work to improve air quality to ensure human, environmental, and economic health.

  2. Pittsburgh has made progress to improve air quality…but More than 60% of days in 2015 were yellow days or worse. Days when air quality wasn’t good, when you need to take caution.

  3. Why do we care? Air pollution makes people sick, shortens lives, and negatively impacts quality of life. People and companies may not want to move to a region with poor air quality? Young people may not want to stay in a city, find a job, raise a family that has poor air quality?

  4. Misinformation 5 Most of our air pollution Our pollution comes from occurs Ohio because of topography & air inversions (not sources) We’re not as bad as we use to be, so we’re good! FALSE

  5. Especially vulnerable

  6. When we say air pollution what are we really concerned about? Carbon Nitrogen Lead Monoxide Dioxide Particulate Sulfur Ozone Matter Dioxide

  7. What is particulate matter? Particulate matter (PM) includes solid and liquid droplets of various sizes suspended in air.

  8. How small are these particles? Particles between 10 µm and 2.5 µm,  often described as coarse PM (PM10), are more associated with road dust and salt (mostly primary). Particles with diameter equal to or  less than 2.5 µm referred to as fine particles(PM2.5) commonly result from combustion. Particles with diameter less than  0 . 1 μm are referred to as ultrafine particles (UFP). Diesel emissions are a significant source of ultrafine particles in the atmosphere.

  9. Sources of particulate matter

  10. Health impacts of PM  PM10 – Inflammation of respiratory system, bronchitis, asthma, allergies, coughing, reduced lung capacity  PM2.5 – Heart attacks, strokes, arrhythmias, lung cancers  PM0.1 – Brain damage, organ cancers  New studies linking PM to childhood leukemia, diabetes, reduced brain function, autism

  11. Ground level ozone Breathing ozone can trigger a variety of health problems including chest pain, coughing, throat irritation, and congestion. It can worsen bronchitis, emphysema, and asthma. Ground - level ozone also can reduce lung function and inflame the linings of the lungs. Repeated exposure may permanently scar lung tissue.

  12. Top Air Toxics in our region  Diesel particulate matter Formaldehyde   Benzene (including benzene from gasoline) Coke oven emissions   Carbon tetrachloride  Acetaldehyde  Arsenic compounds (inorganic, including arsine)  Chromium compounds  1, 3-Butadiene

  13. Be a Champion for Healthy Air

  14. Inform yourself. Know the sources of pollution near you. Learn when air pollution meetings and hearings are taking place and attend.

  15. About 30 Major Sources in Allegheny County. Any source that does or has the potential to emit large amounts of air pollutants (the limits vary by pollutant).

  16. Having a bad air day? Download and use the new Smell PGH app, created by Carnegie Mellon University’s CREATE Lab, which allows you to report foul odors directly to the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) or Call Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) every time you smell a foul odor or when you see thick smoke coming from industry. (412) 687-ACHD or on-line:

  17. Sign up for air quality forecasts at

  18. Report Idling Diesel Vehicles.

  19. Become a Smoke Reader This program, administered by GASP, trains citizen opacity or “smoke” readers. Training also covers how to report to the Allegheny County Health Department.

  20. Help educate students about regional air quality Bring the EPA School Flag Program to your local school

  21. Educating and Engaging new audiences Athletes United for Medical Healthy Air Professionals For Campaign Healthy Air

  22. Make your voice heard  Write letters to the editor  Speak at public hearings  Discuss with your city/county council person, state/federal representative, etc.  Discuss with your friends and family  Talk with your physician

  23. Get Involved and Learn More Rachel Filippini, Director Group Against Smog and Pollution 412-924-0604 Facebook/Twitter: @GASPPgh @rachelgasp


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