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Work together to breathe easier

Tribune-Review
| Friday, October 20, 2017 8:57 p.m

On Sept. 13, there was an event at the American Legion in Natrona Heights to address community concerns about air quality. Representatives from Group Against Smog and Pollution (GASP), Clean Air Council, Environmental Integrity Project and PennEnvironment hosted and presented at the event.

The organizations provided useful information that helped attendees better understand our air-pollution problems, the pollutants we should be concerned about, how pollution might be affecting our health and, maybe most importantly, what we can do to try to improve the air we are all breathing. Attendees were given a chance to ask questions and voice concerns about smells, smoke, dust and other air-related issues that we’ve been dealing with for years.

A representative from the Allegheny County Health Department Air Quality Program also attended the event. Unfortunately, I found her to be of no help. I do not have confidence that the health department is doing everything it can to protect the public health and clean up our air.

I was very disappointed with the health department’s role in the meeting. I am even more motivated now to get involved, and I hope my neighbors and other members of the Natrona and surrounding communities will too. None of us is going to “breathe easy” if we don’t work together to better our air quality. I encourage folks to attend future meetings and get in touch with GASP at gasp-pgh.org .

Donna Frederick

Harrison

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