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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…

State Implementation Plan for Sulfur Dioxide Open for Public Comment

Parts of Allegheny County (mostly in the Mon Valley) are not achieving the national one hour sulfur dioxide (SO2) ambient air standard of 75 parts per billion. The Allegheny County portion of the State Implementation Plan (SIP) to achieve this standard can be found on the Allegheny County Health Department Air Program website. Anyone may make comments on the Allegheny…

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,…

GASP Air Quality Camp

Join GASP for a week-long, in-depth look at air in Southwestern PA from June 26 – June 30, 2017 including field trips, nature explorations, air monitoring, science experiments, and so much more! This is a day camp with 20 spots for students ages 10-13 throughout Southwestern PA. All spots are available on a first-come, first-serve basis and require advance registration….

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…