by CREATE Lab
See the air pollution spread throughout the entire region, beyond the emitters as weather and wind direction change.Watch
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REPORT YOUR AIR
Smell something in your neighborhood?
Download the SmellPGH app on your phone
to report your air and track how pollutants travel.
Residents of Allegheny County can report air problems
to the Allegheny County Health Department.
FIND YOUR AIR NOW
HOW'S YOUR AIR?GOOD MODERATE UNHEALTHY VERY UNHEALTHY HAZARDOUS
VISUALIZE YOUR AIR
Finally we have a tool to see on a day by day snapshot where pollution goes.
Plume Pgh Created by CMU CREATE Lab let’s everyone see that air pollution
has effects beyond the immediate surroundings of emitters. Pollution in
one part of our air-shed has the potential to spread throughout the entire
region as weather and wind direction change.
Breathe Cam Highlights
U.S. Steel Clairton Coke Works
Large plumes of steam and smoke are seen here from the Clairton plant. Notice the lighter smoke and how much longer it is visible over the quickly disappearing steam.
Edgar Thomson North
In this clip notice the different types of emission in each stack. On the right and left main stack these emissions are full of steam and have heavy white smoke. The middle stack has no steam and you can see a light transparent smoke. This middle smoke is full of particulates and potentially harmful materials.