Allegheny County meets federal air quality standards at all 8 monitors for first time in history

ALLEGHENY COUNTY, Pa. — For the first time ever, all eight air quality monitors in Allegheny County met federal standards, the county announced on Tuesday.

According to a release from the county, this means that the region is now in compliance with carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxide, ozone and particulate matter standards.

Channel 11 has been telling you about the constant “air quality alerts” over the past several months in the county.

Last summer, Allegheny County had several “Code Orange” alert days.

Leaders with The Breathe Project said that this is a big accomplishment, but we should be cautious.

“This achievement comes after years of hard work by the Health Department, federal and state agencies and local industry to clean up the air in Allegheny County,” said Health Department Director Dr. Debra Bogen. “But we have more work to do, and the Health Department is committed to ensuring everyone in Allegheny County has clean air to breathe.”

The Pittsburgh International Airport announced it’s teaming up with Honeywell to test air quality improvement technology at its new innovation center.