30 Oct '11, 1pm

Remembering Donora, Pa., on the Anniversary of its Deadly Smog Incident: Why we need the Clean Air Act.

Remembering Donora, Pa., on the Anniversary of its Deadly Smog Incident: Why we need the Clean Air Act.

October 30, 2011 at 8:49AM by Jim DiPeso | comment The incident took place on Halloween weekend, 63 years ago. Over time, we learned from the incident. Congress passed laws, the laws were enforced, business practices changed dramatically, and the chances of such an incident ever happening again in the U.S. became minuscule. Still, it's worth retelling the story, especially now, when the laws that resulted from the incident are under ideological attack from political figures who might not know about the incident or, worse, might believe there is no role for government in making sure something like it never happens again. The incident happened in Donora, Pa., a mill town on the Monongahela River south of Pittsburgh. Donora's economy ran on coal. Donora made its living from a steel mill that burned coal to fire coke ovens, melt iron ore in blast furnaces, and produce finished...

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