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Pittsburgh air has been unsafe for people with asthma for 25% of days in 2019 so far

A 'Code Orange' alert was issued on Monday

PITTSBURGH—At a time of year when people are desperate to get outside to beat the winter blues, residents here with asthma and other respiratory illnesses have been repeatedly told the air outdoors threatens their health.

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Local and national experts agree: Reducing Pittsburgh pollution would cut cancer risk

Editor's Note: This is story is part of our ongoing series on cancer and air pollution in Southwestern Pennsylvania.

PITTSBURGH—Cancer experts from around the country gathered here this week to present a body of research with a weighty conclusion: Environmental exposures remain a key factor in the region's elevated cancer rates and tackling these pollutants could significantly reduce risks for residents.

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Clairton residents plead with officials to protect them from pollution following US Steel fire

PITTSBURGH—Residents from eight communities surrounding the Clairton Coke Works gathered alongside environmental advocates in Clairton on Wednesday to share their concerns about the health impacts of a recent influx in air pollution resulting from an accident at the plant nearly a month ago.

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Kids in Clairton are experiencing decreased lung function following the Clairton Coke Works fire

PITTSBURGH—Three weeks after a Christmas Eve fire at U.S. Steel's Clairton Coke Works plant resulted in levels of sulfur dioxide in the air that exceed Clean Air Act standards for safety, a local physician has observed an increase in asthma exacerbations among elementary school students who live near the plant.

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Clairton Coke Works Plant belching emissions last year. (Credit: Connor Mulvaney)

Clairton Coke Works fire: What are the health effects of sulfur dioxide exposure?

PITTSBURGH—On January 9, residents of 22 Pittsburgh-area neighborhoods were advised by their county health department to minimize outdoor activity because of high levels of sulfur dioxide pollution in the air.

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Prescription for prevention: Cutting pollution and cancer risk in Pittsburgh

Almost everyone knows at least one person who's been touched by cancer. In Pittsburgh, most people know more than one.

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What I learned writing about the environment in Pittsburgh in 2018

PITTSBURGH—My family's ties to Pittsburgh run deep.

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Cancer in Pittsburgh: Prevention lags as pollution persists

Editor's Note: This is story is part of our ongoing series on cancer and air pollution in Southwestern Pennsylvania.

PITTSBURGH — Around one in three Americans gets a cancer diagnosis during their lifetime. Almost everyone knows at least one person who's been touched by the disease. In Pittsburgh, most people know more than one.

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