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May 02, 2008

L.A. Chokes, Pittsburgh Coughs to the Top

Pittsburgh_at_night_istock_00000396 Pittsburgh has surpassed Los Angeles as the sootiest city in the U.S., according to the American Lung Association’s recent State of the Air report. While L.A. still dominates two other categories of air pollution, efforts to reduce short-term particle pollution have resulted in a significant drop in the amount of airborne soot, ash, exhaust, chemicals, metals, and aerosols in the California city.

Pittsburgh’s high pollution rating is likely connected to U.S. Steel’s Clairton Coke Works, the largest plant of its kind, which is located in a river valley where pollution can be trapped by weather fronts. The coke works plans to complete a series of pollution-reducing measures by 2014.

Find your city’s air quality score and learn what you can do to protect your lungs from pollution.

--D.W.

Sources: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Philly.com, Reuters, American Lung Association

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