The brain on pollution: A new study links air quality and cognition

Those especially vulnerable to pollution, such as children and the elderly, should stay indoors on high-pollution days. But the findings also give activists more ammunition in their fight for tougher laws and stronger enforcement, provide regulators with more reason to do their jobs effectively and give image-conscious cities an additional reason to campaign for clean air.  Long after most of the steel mills have gone silent, Pittsburgh continues to struggle with poor air quality, and some have demanded that the Allegheny County Health Department up its game.  The issue must be on the front burner here. Pittsburgh’s universities attract and...
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Erie Coke Reaches Out to Public During Permit Renewal Process

While Tonawanda Coke, near Buffalo, is facing a possible shutdown and hefty fines, Erie News Now wanted to know how well its sister plant, Erie Coke, is obeying environmental laws. Erie News Now looked at the plant’s operating record over the past year, and found that it is not clean. There have been penalties, and there have been fines, and they’ve come at a very important time at the plant…a time when it must renew its operating permit. According to statistics obtained by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Erie Coke has been issued 8 notices of violation for...
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