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Plant closure improves Pittsburgh air quality

On Behalf of | Sep 11, 2023 | Mesothelioma

There are many arguments against the decline in manufacturing in western Pennsylvania and other parts of the Ohio Valley. But there are also some positive consequences arising from the closure of a large coal-processing plant in the region.

In 2016, the Shenango Coke Works shuttered its doors. At that time and through the end of 2018, data analysis by NYU Grossman School of Medicine researchers tracked the impact of the facility’s shutdown on the health of patients in proximity to the coal-processing plant.

Better air quality improves residents’ health

Those who suffer from mesothelioma and other asbestos-related disorders can really struggle to breathe when the air quality is poor. Just last month, a Code Orange air quality action day was declared by the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) due to the presence of high levels of ozone in the following Western Pennsylvania counties:

  • Beaver
  • Washington
  • Allegheny
  • Fayette
  • Armstrong
  • Westmoreland
  • Butler 

According to the results of the air quality study published online in the Environmental Health Research journal in July, daily sulfur dioxide levels dropped 90% at nearby air-monitoring locations. Additionally, particulate matter containing arsenic decreased 66%.

These are significant air quality improvements, that in turn, reduced in-patient hospitalizations and emergency room visits related to cardiovascular problems.

Asbestos-related illnesses take a toll on their victims

Being restricted to indoor activities and remaining behind closed doors and windows when the air quality declines is just one of the unfortunate repercussions facing mesothelioma patients. Sufferers often can link their conditions to their prior employment in coal-mining and other industrial fields.

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