Code Orange air quality alert issued for western Pennsylvania

PITTSBURGH — The state Department of Environmental Protection has forecast a Code Orange Air Quality Action Day for the Pittsburgh area Wednesday.

Channel 11 meteorologist Kevin Benson has forecast temperatures in the high 80s with light wind. Those conditions will contribute to elevated ozone levels across the area, according to the DEP.

The alert includes Allegheny, Westmoreland, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Washington and Westmoreland counties. The Liberty-Clairton area is also specifically mentioned.


Orange represents unhealthy pollution levels for young children, the elderly and those with respiratory problems. Those groups are urged to limit outdoor activities.

Everyone is encouraged to restrict certain activities that contribute to pollution including:

  • Refueling cars and trucks after dusk
  • Setting air conditioner thermostats to a higher temperature
  • Carpooling or using public transportation; and
  • Combining errands to reduce trips.