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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….

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…