Air pollution on both coasts of the United States of America has recently become world headline news as the amount of harmful gasses and other substances has risen repeatedly above the danger level.
Air pollution on both coasts of the United States of America has recently become world headline news as the amount of harmful gasses and other substances has risen repeatedly above the danger level. But in Steubenville, Ohio, the problem of dirty air, brought about by heavy industrialisation, has earned the town the reputation as "the dirtiest town in the country."
Steubenville is virtually permanently under a mantle of grimy, smoke-laden air.
Though not a picturesque place, the surrounding countryside of hill ranges and pasture land has natural attractions. Steubenville residents, however, rarely see the view unless they leave their valley.
Running through the centre of the valley is a river. Indirectly, the river is to blame for the town's air problems, for it is the waterway which attracted industry in the fist place.
It is also industry which is responsible for the prosperity of Steubenville. Citizens, it is reported, are loathe to bring pressure to bear on the smoke-makers - the owners of the plants and factories and nearby coal-fields.
But the owners say that they are reviewing the situation. It would be, however, a costly business to rid Steubenville of its smog.
Meanwhile, "the dirtiest town in the country" lives up to its reputation. Open windows invite an invasion of grime, laundry cannot be dried in the open, and cars and other transport continually wear a coat of thick grime. The citizens of Steubenville are not proud of their claim to fame - but they seem prepared to live with it.