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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….

GASP Files Notice of Intent to Sue Armstrong Cement for Air Quality Permit Violations

For Immediate Release: July 18, 2017 Contacts: John Baillie, Senior Attorney, GASP, 412-924-0604 ext. 201, john@gasp-pgh.org GASP files notice of intent to sue Armstrong Cement and Supply Corporation for violations of their air quality permit Earlier this month, the Group Against Smog and Pollution (GASP) provided notice that it intends to file a citizen suit under the federal Clean Air…

GASP Comments on Proposed Beech Hollow Natural Gas Plant

GASP recently submitted comments to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) regarding the new Beech Hollow natural gas-fired power plant in Robinson Township, Washington County. Although the proposed facility will incorporate a great deal of the latest advances in efficiency and pollution control technology, GASP is concerned with one pollutant in particular: the facility’s emissions of fine particulate matter…

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…