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Insufficient Air Monitoring in Allegheny County?

UPDATE 7/3/2014: The County sent their final Air Monitoring Network Plan to the EPA for approval on July 1, 2014. Read our comments and the County’s response, starting on page 88. We are encouraged to see that most or all of our suggestions are being evaluated for potential implementation. Today, GASP sent comments to the Allegheny County Health Department regarding…

Give Your Comments: Should Coal-Fired Power Plants Emit More Pollution?

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recently released a proposal that puts emissions limits on some big sources of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and nitrogen oxides (NOx). These pollutants combine in the atmosphere to create ground-level ozone, a pollutant that burns eyes, triggers asthma attacks, and is even linked to premature death from cardiovascular disease. Ground-level ozone is not…

2014 Member Ballot

Dues-paying members, please vote by May 28, 2014! Learn more about the candidates here. Ready? Vote!

Group Against Smog and Pollution Files Lawsuit Against Shenango, Inc.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 8, 2014 Contact: John Baillie, Staff Attorney 412-924-0604 john@gasp-pgh.org Group Against Smog and Pollution Files Lawsuit against Shenango, Inc. Plant’s history of air quality violations makes air dangerous to breathe Pittsburgh, PA – Today, the Group Against Smog and Pollution (“GASP”) filed a citizens’ suit under the federal Clean Air Act in the United States District…

Shenango’s Latest Consent Agreement: Good Enough?

Shenango, Inc. operates a coke manufacturing plant with a 56-oven coke battery on Neville Island in Allegheny County. Shenango manufactures coke by, essentially, baking the impurities out of coal, so that only nearly pure carbon remains; the coke it produces is used in blast furnaces to smelt iron ore. Based on Shenango’s repeated violations of emissions limits established by law…

Public Meeting on Shenango Consent Agreement

Title: Public Meeting on Shenango Consent AgreementLocation: Avalon Borough Building, 640 California Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15202Description: The Allegheny County Health Department has taken enforcement action against Shenango Coke Works. What’s in the agreement? What does it mean for the Pittsburgh region? Come here from Jayme Graham, the Manager of ACHD’s Air Quality Program, and Dean DeLuca, ACHD’s Enforcement Chief. Bring…