The Allegheny Front for the week of

April 24-30, 2015

State of the Air: Pittsburgh Still Not Breathing Easy

This week the American Lung Association came out with their annual State of the Air Report. It ranks cities and grades counties across the country for air pollution. The Pittsburgh metro region still has a long way to go to meet national air quality standards.

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In Kentucky, A Prairie Made by Coal

Coal is in a long decline in Central Appalachia. Coal mining jobs are disappearing there—but the imprint of coal on the landscape is everywhere. More than a million acres of strip-mined land—an area the size of Rhode Island—are now deforested.

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Federal Regulations Drive the Past and Future of Coal

In 1970, a federal act called the Clean Air Act brought Wyoming a surge in its low-sulfur coal industry. Today, coal miners in the state wait to hear about new regulations that could make or break their local economy.

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In the West, Coal's Boom Resonates Across the Land

If the coal industry has started to leave Appalachia, the American West is now coal’s new home base. In America’s current capital of coal—Wyoming's Powder River Basin—the industry’s imprint on the West runs deep.

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