As their due date neared last fall, Ryan Poling and his wife faced a difficult decision. Did they want to raise their daughter in Pittsburgh, the city in which they’ve built a life during the last nine years, or pick up and move across the country, near Poling’s family in California?

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  • Issue Quarter Summer
  • Issue Year 2017
  • Sub Heading As Pittsburgh seeks to replace retirees, many say pollution makes prospects think twice
Despite the improvement in the region’s air quality in recent years, southwestern Pennsylvania still fails to meet federal health-​based standards for various major air pollutants, such as ground-​level ozone, sulfur dioxide and fine particulates, known as PM2.5. And that regional pollution elevates risks of cancer, respiratory ailments and other serious health problems.

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  • Issue Quarter Summer
  • Issue Year 2017
  • Sub Heading Air pollution increases regional health risks
Although the region’s air has improved dramatically from the height of Pittsburgh’s industrial past, southwestern Pennsylvania remains home to factories and power plants that release millions of pounds of toxic chemicals into the air. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency uses Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) data to track toxic chemicals released into the air,…

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  • Issue Quarter Spring
  • Issue Year 2017
The heavy smoke is gone. But particulates 30 times smaller than the diameter of a human hair and gases formed by the reaction of sunlight and fossil fuels exhaust remain as the region’s most widespread, stubborn and dangerous air quality problems.

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  • Issue Quarter Spring
  • Issue Year 2017
  • Sub Heading Ozone and PM2.5 are the region’s biggest air hazards
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