Donora Smog Event

Donora Death Fog, Donora Smog Event

How Were Lawsuits Settled After the Donora Death Fog?

After Susan Gnora died in the smog, a settlement with US Steel allowed each of her eight children, all of whom were age 20 or older, to...

Donora Death Fog, Donora Smog Event

Full List of Donora Smog Victims

So, who *really* died in the Donora Death Fog?...

Donora History, Donora Smog Event

The Curious Case of Stanley Sawa

One of the first stories I heard about the Donora smog of 1948 concerned the football game between the Donora Dragons and the Monongahela...

Donora History, Donora Smog Event

Where Did the Smog Victims Live and Die?

Knowing where each victim lived — and died — can be instructive for several reasons. Consider how many of those victims and their...

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When Did Death Fog Victims Perish?

Ceh and Kirkwood were the first Donorans to die in the Donora Death Fog of 1948. At least 18 more followed, most of them the same night....

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Could Donora Happen Again? Here in the US?

Certainly there have been strides made in the nation's ability to combat air pollution. The greater Pittsburgh area, which once served...

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Do You Know Any of These Donora Smog Victims?

Four people are sometimes listed as having perished in smog, but for many reasons finding definitive information on them has proven...

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The Life and Death of a Smog Victim

Susan was having trouble breathing that morning, but she kept ironing nonetheless. She also had a headache that wouldn't go away. She had...

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Saving Donorans on a Deadly Night

He strapped on the oxygen tank he kept at home, the green one, labeled TO BE FILLED WITH COMPRESSED OXYGEN ONLY, and walked out the back...

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Gone Was the Wind

If even a slight breeze had strolled through the Donora valley that week the smoke would have broken up, giving residents some respite....

Donora History, Donora Smog Event, Just Me

Who Died in Donora’s Deadly Smog?

It seems that not everyone received a death certificate in 1948, or, if they did, it was lost or never archived. Marriage applications,...

Donora Smog Event, Just Me

Even Cleaner Air Starts in Donora

With the EPA undergoing extensive downsizing and the Trump administration wanting to open previously protected lands to oil and shale...

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Still Fighting for Clean Air Today

"People would come to the town, and they would say, 'What’s that smell?' And people who lived here would say, 'What smell?' And my...

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Temperature Inversions and Deadly Smog

Common to all three tragedies were two key elements. First, large factories in each area had been spewing enormous amounts of pollutants...