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A Connection Made: Physical Activity, Asthma, and Air Pollution

The Center for Disease Control recommends that the average adult get at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic activity each week. Unfortunately, in a region plagued with unhealthy levels of pollution and an epidemic of asthma, where and when we exercise can be just as important as how much exercise we get. This truth is exacerbated in the case…

Allegheny County Plan to Lower Sulfur Dioxide Levels Modified, Open For Public Comments Again

Recently, the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) published their draft plan to reduce sulfur dioxide levels in the parts of the county (mostly in the Mon Valley) that are not attaining the national one-hour ambient air standard of 75 parts per billion. Due to the large amount of public comments received, ACHD is revising their plan and reopening it to…

Comments to Compressor Station Plan Approval Result in Much Lower Potential Emissions Levels

On February 6, 2017 GASP submitted comments to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection regarding a draft plan approval for the Blue Moon Compressor Station in West Pike Run Township, Washington County. A plan approval is a permit to install, construct, or modify a source of air pollution. The facility’s operator applied for the draft plan approval that GASP commented…

Making the Connection: Physical Activity, Air Pollution, and Asthma in the Urban Environment

Join GASP for our next event in the Making the Connection Series: Physical Activity, Air Pollution, and Asthma in the Urban Environment on Wednesday, May 3rd from 5-8 p.m. at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC. Dr. Stephanie Lovinsky-Desir will discuss her research and afterwards there will be a panel of health and community experts to respond to her presentation. Networking and…

GASP, Others Give Notice of Intent to Sue Steel Plant

March 23, 2017 Groups File Notice of Intent to Sue Owners of Steel Plant Over Illegal Air Pollution Pollution from Pittsburgh-area Allegheny Ludlum Plant Far Exceeded Clean Air Act Limits, Threatening Public Health Pittsburgh, Pa. — Four environmental organizations today provided notice that they intend to sue owners of a steel plant in Western Pennsylvania for violating the federal Clean…

Cuts to EPA Will Significantly Impact Southwestern PA

The Trump administration has proposed cutting the EPA’s budget by 25%, down to $6.1 billion, and to reduce its workforce by 20%, down to 12,400 employees, for the fiscal year starting October 1. Some programs will be cut by 90% or more, or even wiped out completely. Many of these programs have greatly benefited Southwestern Pennsylvania. Since we still have…

Tell EPA to Count Toxic Releases from the Oil and Gas Industry

The Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) is a one-of-a-kind resource, in which industrial facilities annually report the type and amount of toxic chemicals they release to the land, air, water, and landfills. The information is high quality, comprehensive, and posted online for free. It can be searched by various ways, such as location of facility or type of industry. Communities, regulators,…

Pittsburgh Public School Buses Get Cleaner, But More Work Is Needed

Last summer, Pittsburgh Public Schools and the bus companies that provide student transportation to them finalized their Pupil Transportation Agreement. Part of the contract included the stipulation (shown at the end of this post) that requires all school buses being used to be equipped with emission reduction technology that greatly reduces the amount of toxic diesel pollution being emitted by…

Fellow Breathers–Give the Gift of Clean Air This Season!

Dear Fellow Breather, Another year is drawing to a close, and while some environmental victories have been achieved, our nation and our region still face serious environmental challenges—from climate change exacerbating droughts in one area and flooding in another, to rivers and streams contaminated by drilling waste, to harmful pollutants entering our bodies with each breath we take. Pittsburgh ranks…

A Major Source Permit That Has Major Problems

In October, the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) issued the draft Title V Operating Permit for the ATI Allegheny Ludlum steel mill in Brackenridge. This Major Source of air pollution has never had a Title V permit in the fifteen years that ACHD has had the authority to issue them. A Major Source’s Title V Operating Permit is like a…