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Shenango Coke Update: Consent Order and Lawsuit

On February 6, 2014 GASP gave notice of intent to sue Shenango, Inc., a coke-making facility on Neville Island, based on Shenango’s chronic violations of certain emissions standards and limitations that apply to Shenango’s operations, specifically: A standard that makes it illegal for the periods during which there are visible emissions during Shenango’s charging operations to aggregate to more than…

Look for Less Idling this School Year

GASP has worked for years to reduce pollution from diesel vehicles. A recent Pittsburgh Regional Environmental Threats Analysis report on hazardous air pollutants puts diesel exhaust at the top of the concern list for cancer risk from inhaled air pollution. A similar report on particulate matter shows that vehicle miles traveled by diesel vehicles have risen since 2002 in every…

EPA’s Clean Power Plan Good for Our Air, Economy, and Resiliency

On July 31 and August 1, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) held listening sessions in Pittsburgh. The officials took comments from the public on the EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan, which will regulate carbon dioxide emissions from electrical generating units. While the plan is not perfect, GASP supports it in essence. The proposal, when fully enacted by 2030, will prevent…

Insufficient Air Monitoring in Allegheny County?

UPDATE 7/3/2014: The County sent their final Air Monitoring Network Plan to the EPA for approval on July 1, 2014. Read our comments and the County’s response, starting on page 88. We are encouraged to see that most or all of our suggestions are being evaluated for potential implementation. Today, GASP sent comments to the Allegheny County Health Department regarding…

Give Your Comments: Should Coal-Fired Power Plants Emit More Pollution?

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recently released a proposal that puts emissions limits on some big sources of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and nitrogen oxides (NOx). These pollutants combine in the atmosphere to create ground-level ozone, a pollutant that burns eyes, triggers asthma attacks, and is even linked to premature death from cardiovascular disease. Ground-level ozone is not…

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