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Making the Connection: Air Pollution and Physical Activity

Next up in our event series is Making the Connection: Air Pollution and Physical Activity, featuring CDR Director Tegan Boehmer, PhD, MPH, epidemiologist at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. She currently serves as the Acting Lead of CDC’s Healthy Community Design Initiative, National Center for Environmental Health. She’ll present on her research interests including the intersection between physical activity…

Making the Connection: Air Pollution and Autism

Register today for the latest Making the Connection event, Air Pollution and Autism, featuring Dr. Evelyn Talbott of Pitt’s Graduate School of Public Health in collaboration with the 43rd “Putting Down Roots Sustainability Salon.” Date: Saturday, August 22nd Time: 4-7 p.m. Location: “Maren’s house” in Squirrel Hill (exact location will be given upon RSVP) Recent research conducted by Dr. Talbott…

Our Latest Look at Shenango

We last checked Shenango, Inc.’s compliance with its limitations on the sulfur content of its coke oven gas, the visible emissions from the door areas of its coke ovens, and the visible emissions from its battery combustion stack in a blog post on March 27, 2015. We just obtained compliance data for the first quarter of 2015 from the Allegheny…

Less School Bus Idling–Coming to Your School Next?

GASP recently spent a week with the Pittsburgh Gifted Center to talk about school bus idling. Students learned about the health concerns related to diesel emissions and the PA idling law, and they provided fact sheets and rewards to their drivers. By educating the students and drivers about the importance of not idling, we’re better protecting the health of not…

Lawrenceville: The priority is protecting public health

In working to reduce emissions from the McConway and Torley (M&T) facility in Lawrenceville, GASP’s objective has always been to advocate for healthy air and safeguard public health. For several years now M&T has been on our radar. In 2011, GASP and M&T entered into an agreement aimed at lowering emissions from the plant, with the goal of making the…

Shenango Coke: Compliance Issues Continue

We recently checked up on Shenango Inc.’s compliance with limitations on the sulfur content of its coke oven gas, visible emissions from the door areas of its coke ovens, and visible emissions from its battery combustion stack, based on data for the fourth quarter of 2014 (the latest, publicly-available data). In a previous post, we discussed Shenango’s continued noncompliance with…

Lawrenceville Steel Foundry: Have Your Voice Heard on 4/14

The McConway & Torley facility in Pittsburgh’s Lawrenceville neighborhood is a steel foundry that produces railcar couplings. Activities at the plant include steel melting, mold-making, and casting. Air pollution from these activities includes particulate matter, benzene, manganese, and other pollutants which not only are likely causing or contributing to foul odors but are harming public health. Particulate matter can cause…

GASP to Hold Public Meeting on Steel Foundry in Lawrenceville on March 16

The Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) Air Quality Program recently announced its intent to issue an operating permit for the McConway and Torley steel foundry located on 48th Street in Lawrenceville. This facility is a significant local source of air pollution that has prompted numerous odor and noise complaints from Lawrenceville residents. ACHD’s air permitting process provides an opportunity to…

Public Meeting on Lawrenceville Steel Foundry on Monday, March 16

The Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) Air Quality Program recently announced its intent to issue an operating permit for the McConway and Torley steel foundry located on 48th Street in Lawrenceville. This facility is a significant local source of air pollution that has prompted numerous odor and noise complaints from Lawrenceville residents. ACHD’s air permitting process provides an opportunity to…

MLK, Jr. Day of Service

This Monday, January 19th, GASP participated in the 5th annual MLK, Jr. Day of Service at Shady Side Academy. Students, faculty, staff, and parents throughout the district take Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to do community service and activities throughout the Pittsburgh region. We worked with a bright and energetic group of students from the Junior School. These pre-K to…