This map shows how air pollution changed in 2020

The pandemic brought some big improvements—but many cities still had unsafe air.
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Pittsburgh

As Allegheny County finally meets clean air standards, environmentalists are concerned the victory could be short lived

Earlier this year, Allegheny County saw its first-ever days in compliance with all federal air quality guidelines under the National Ambient Air Quality Standards.

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Justice

Broyles, tribes disappointed after EPA grants Oklahoma environmental regulatory authority in Indian Country

Federal regulators have granted Oklahoma continued authority to regulate key environmental programs across Indian Country.

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Toxics

Why air pollution hasn't fallen more with everyone driving less

Car traffic took a big dip beginning in late March, and headlines celebrated clean air around the U.S. But an NPR analysis of EPA data tells a more troubling story.
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Justice

Saving Chaco: As coronavirus consumes New Mexico, drilling threatens sacred land

A BLM plan could mean 3,000 new oil and gas wells in an area facing severe COVID-19 outbreaks and particulate matter pollution.
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Justice

Can you get cancer from air near Sauget Illinois incinerator?

Nearly half of the population around the incinerator is black.
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Toxics

How bad is the air in California? As wildfires rage on, it's hard to tell

The 2019 wildfires have laid bare the drawbacks to an air quality monitoring system designed more for measuring large swaths of land over time than for providing real-time, localized data that is more valuable in disasters like wildfires.
Originals

Allegheny County is being sued for spending Clean Air funds on an office renovation project

PITTSBURGH—Two environmental advocacy groups are suing Allegheny County to stop the health department from using Clean Air funds for an office renovation project.

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Justice

EPA ordered to issue good neighbor FIPs

A federal district court judge gave the EPA 6 months to promulgate—and post on the Web—final federal implementation plans (FIPs) for five upwind states.


Erica Butler of the Pediatric Alliance administers an asthma screening to Montaziyah Evans at Clairton Elementary School in Clairton, PA. (Credit: Connor Mulvaney/EHN)
Originals

Can mandatory school screenings solve Pittsburgh’s asthma epidemic?

Editor's note: This story is part of "Breathless," EHN's in-depth look at asthma in Pittsburgh and what can be done to help children breathe easier.

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Originals

Breathless: Pittsburgh's asthma epidemic and the fight to stop it

Asthma plagues children in Allegheny County—and air pollution is making it worse.

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A new network of high-res cameras is monitoring Pittsburgh's air pollution in real time

PITTSBURGH—A new network of cameras installed by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University will provide live, 24-hour monitoring of visible air pollution from some of the region's largest polluters.

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Dallas' need for concrete collides with worries about environment and justice in poor neighborhoods

Neighbors in the largely poor, minority community of Joppa had long suspected pollution from nearby industry was contributing to local health problems.

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The pollution plumes of North Pole

An oil refining chemical has infiltrated the water of a small Alaskan town, but families—many worried about health issues—are left with more questions than answers.

Fractura Hidráulica: página de preguntas frecuentes

Encontramos exposiciones alarmantes a la probable contaminación por la fracturación hidráulica. Pero esto es sólo el principio de la historia.

Systemic racism continues to plague pandemic response: Derrick Z. Jackson

Remembering those have fallen to the collective selfishness of the prior White House and the nation's governors—a selfishness significantly stained by systemic racism.

Earth Day: Amidst the greenwashing, it's still a good thing

When corporations tout their greenness and journalists get beaten senseless by lame ideas.

Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking

EHN.org scientific investigation finds western Pennsylvania families near fracking are exposed to harmful chemicals, and regulations fail to protect communities' mental, physical, and social health.

‘Forever chemicals’ coat the outer layers of biodegradable straws

More evidence that harmful PFAS chemicals are sneaking into some "green" and "compostable" products.

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