As part of its effort to build local support for reining in the region’s worst air polluters, the PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center organized more than five dozen Allegheny County elected officials to sign onto a letter calling for cleaning up air pollution in Pittsburgh.

“Allegheny County is a great place to live—but air pollution is threatening residents' health,” write the elected officials. “We can fix this problem by setting strict, health-based emissions limits on polluters; making sure they face meaningful penalties if and when they break the law; and ensuring our region has strong clean air champions who fight for residents.”

Signers included state senators and representatives, local mayors and city councilmembers, and county councilmembers.

“The fact that so many local elected officials are coming together to speak on this message with a single voice should send a clear message: cleaning up our skies is a top priority,” said Zachary Barber, Western PennsylvaniaField Organizer with PennEnvironment. 

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Photo: Western Pennsylvania Field Organizer, Zach Barber (at podium), was joined by State Senator Jay Costa, State Representatives Jake Wheatley and Austin Davis, City Councilmember Deb Gross, and others to present a letter signed by over 60 elected officials calling for stricter, health-based emissions limits and stronger penalties for illegal pollution. Credit: Staff.