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New Year, New Partners!

Over the next few months GASP will be spending a lot of time at the Frick Environmental Center, and we’d love for you to join us! We’re working with the Naturalist Educators from the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy to bring you a series of educational events focused on air quality and the natural world. With a variety of events and topics,…

Legal Watchdogging Leads to Two Victories

In July 2017 we blogged about the notice of intent to sue for violations of the Clean Air Act that GASP sent to Armstrong Cement & Supply. Armstrong operates a facility with two cement kilns and associated equipment in Winfield Township, Butler County. GASP’s notice was based on Armstrong’s failure to submit required reports of the results of continuous emission…

Public Hearing and Petition Concerning Draft Permit for Steel Plant in Brackenridge

Please attend the public hearing regarding the proposed issuance of the draft Title V Operating Permit for ATI/Allegheny Ludlum and let the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) your thoughts on this permit. The hearing will be on Dec. 19 at 6 p.m., in the Harrison Township Building, One Municipal Drive, Natrona Heights, 15065. Oral testimony must be scheduled by calling…

Organizations Team Up to Reduce Vehicle Idling at Local Child Care Centers

The Group Against Smog and Pollution (GASP), the Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children (PAEYC), and Tender Care Learning Center have teamed up to discourage vehicle idling. Earlier this year GASP received a grant from the Grable Foundation to develop the NO Idling! Young Lungs at Work program, in partnership with PAEYC. The goals of the project are…

Allegheny County Health Department Proposes to Allow 2,000 More Tons per Year of Air Pollution from Steel Plant

Allegheny County Health Department Proposes to Allow More Air Pollution from Steel Plant After Department Failed to Issue Operating Permit for 15 Years, Draft Permit Allows Even More Air Pollution from Pittsburgh-Area Plant FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, November 16, 2017 Pittsburgh, Pa. – The Allegheny County Health Department yesterday proposed a permit for a steel plant near Pittsburgh that would…

2018 GASP Board Ballot

These are the 2018 nominees for reelection to the GASP Board. Only dues-paying GASP members are permitted to vote. Please follow these directions to vote for nominees: Please mark “Yes” or “No” for each nominee. Please complete your ballot by November 28, 2017. Candidates will be elected by a simple majority of member votes and the results announced at the…

GASP Files Notice of Intent to Sue Harsco Metals

On October 18, 2017, GASP sent a letter to Harsco Metals to provide notice that GASP intends to file a citizen suit against Harsco, based on its failure to apply for a “major source” operating permit for its slag processing facility located on the premises of Allegheny Ludlum’s Brackenridge Works in Natrona Heights. Title V of the Clean Air Act…

Hydrogen Sulfide Limits Repeatedly Violated in Mon Valley

Comments made to the Allegheny County Board of Health by Sue Seppi, September 13, 2017 Waking up in the morning or the middle of the night to “rotten egg odors” is not an uncommon event in Allegheny County, especially in or downwind of the Monongahela Valley. That smell very likely comes from hydrogen sulfide (H2S), whose odor is perceptible by…

Calling All Athletes!

Whether it be walking the dog or climbing mountains, shooting basketball or biking all terrains, GASP considers you an athlete. We are concerned for your health, and we want to make sure your voice is heard! Why athletes you may wonder? Well, as it turns out, athletes are particularly sensitive to the poor air quality in our region. It’s a…

Improvements Needed for Southwestern PA Air Monitoring

In Southwestern Pennsylvania, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) each operate a network of air quality monitoring stations. Federal regulations provide a number of technical requirements covering the monitors themselves and require that the monitoring networks meet three basic objectives: 1. provide air pollution data to the general public in a timely manner; 2….