Pollution rules questioned in Pittsburgh Triathlon

Friday, August 8, 2014

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A newspaper is questioning whether organizers of the Pittsburgh Triathlon followed their own rules when they allowed the event to include swimming after rains carried raw sewage into a city river before Sunday's event.

The Trib-Review reports the triathlon's website says the swimming portion of the event is to be canceled if pollution exceeds certain levels in the week before the event and if rain causes an overflow within 24 hours of the event.

The newspaper says pollution levels in the Allegheny River were more than three times the safe level in the week before the race, and that sewers overflowed into the river about nine hours before the race.

Organizers say they decided to hold the race after studying bacteria in the river all summer and seeing it decrease to a level they considered safe.

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