Donora Smog Kills 20

October, 1948      

Between Oct. 26 and 31, 1948, 20 people were asphyxiated and over 7,000 were hospitalized or became ill as the result of severe air pollution over Donora, Washington County, the Monongahela River town of 14,000.

The investigation of this incident by state and federal health officials resulted in the first meaningful federal and state laws to control air pollution and marked the beginning of modern efforts to assess and deal with the health threats from air pollution.

The following articles offer a variety of perspectives on this important event in Pennsylvania’s environmental heritage.

 


DONORA NURSE REMEMBERS TRIP TO SEASHORE WITH SMOG VICTIMS - April 23, 2008

GORE INVITED TO SMOG EVENT - March 22, 2008

PLANNING COMMITTEES FORMING TO MARK SMOG'S ANNIVERSARY - November 28, 2007

CLEANER AIR IS LEGACY LEFT BY DONORA'S KILLER 1948 SMOG - October 29, 1998

20 DIED. THE GOVERNMENT TOOK HEED - IN 1948, A KILLER FOG SPURRED AIR CLEANUP  - October 28, 1998

DEADLY SMOG 50 YEARS AGO IN DONORA SPURRED CLEAN AIR MOVEMENT - October 27, 1998

DONORA DISASTER WAS CRUCIBLE FOR CLEAN AIR - October 26, 1998

DONORA KILLER SMOG NOTED AT 50 - October 25, 1998 

HISTORIC MARKER COMMEMORATES DONORA SMOG TRAGEDY - November 03, 1995

1948 KILLER SMOG TRIGGERED POLLUTION CONTROL

THE DONORA FLOURIDE FOG

DEATH IN DONORA


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