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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…

Update on Lawsuit with Shenango Coke

On August 28, 2014 we wrote about Shenango, Inc.’s compliance with certain emissions limitations that apply to its coke-making operations on Neville Island. Specifically, limitations on visible emissions from the door areas of Shenango’s coke ovens, visible emissions from Shenango’s battery combustion stack, and the sulfur content of Shenango’s coke oven gas. Shenango’s continued violations of those limitations are the…

EPA Designates Allegheny County as NOT Attaining Updated Particle Standard

On December 18, EPA designated all of Allegheny County as being in nonattainment for the annual fine particulate standard (PM2.5) of 12 micrograms/m3. The standard was tightened to this level in 2012. These fine particulates are microscopic and are linked to negative health outcomes such as strokes, heart attacks, and even premature death. Areas must show three years of data…

Environmental Groups Praise Chatham University and Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy for Reducing Diesel Emissions, Urge Other Institutions to Adopt Similar Policies

On November 14, 2014 on the campus of Chatham University, a panel of experts discussed clean construction trends, funding opportunities, and current Pittsburgh-based projects that are utilizing clean construction. Clean construction incorporates new practices, equipment standards, and job site management strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and toxic air pollutants, and to minimize site disturbances and community disruption. Participants included…

The Battle to Save the Most Is Starting Again!

The Green Workplace Challenge is back again for another year of exciting competition! If you work for a business, nonprofit, college or university, local government, or a K-12 school in southwestern Pennsylvania, sign up today to start saving money and gaining recognition for energy savings and other green initiatives. The GWC is a free competition for organizations to track and…

2014 Clean Air Dash 5K: Success!

A sincere thank you to all the wonderful people, organizations, and businesses who donated their time and resources in helping to make the 2014 Clean Air Dash a success. Special thanks to co-sponsors The Heinz Endowments’ Breathe Project and the University of Pittsburgh. To see race results visit: http://results.chronotrack.com/event/results/event/event-8594?lc=en Didn’t have a chance to participate in this year’s dash? You…