WTAE-TV News (Pittsburgh, Pa.). 2009-11--excerpts, The Air We Breathe


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WTAE-TV News (Pittsburgh, Pa.). 2009-11--excerpts, The Air We Breathe
Summary: "Recent studies by EPA, Carnegie Mellon University and the American Lung Association have provided clear evidence that the Pittsburgh region has some of the most polluted air in the nation. The Allegheny County Health Department's guidelines for regulating toxic emissions by industry are more than 40 years old, and recent attempts by environmental advocates to convince the county to update those [guidelines] have failed, they say, because of political considerations. Our three-part Team 4 investigation, 'The Air We Breathe', examines how Louisville, Kentucky faced a similar predicament and solved its toxic air problems through collaboration and political courage. Then, we asked the tough questions of leaders in Pittsburgh. Our investigation led to an air pollution 'summit' at the University of Pittsburgh, where members of the Allegheny County Board of Health heard from scientists, environmental advocates and regulators (including those from Louisville and Houston). The County Executive has vowed to announce his plan for new Air Toxics Guidelines, and on January 11, 2010 accepted the final report and recommendations of the Environmental Air Quality Task Force."--2009 Peabody Awards entry form.

Corporate Producers: WTAE-TV (Television station : Pittsburgh, Pa.)

Persons Appearing: Jim Parsons (Reporter)

Broadcast Date: 2009-11-03 -- 2009-11-17