Air Permits Clearinghouse

Title V of the Clean Air Act requires “Major Sources” of air pollution to obtain operating permits from either the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or a state or local agency that EPA has authorized to issue these permits. Major Sources in Allegheny County are permitted by the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD). Major Sources in surrounding counties are permitted by the PA Department of Environmental Protection.

A Major Source emits or has the potential to emit at least one hundred tons per year of any air pollutant, ten tons per years of any single Hazardous Air Pollutant, or twenty-five tons per year of any combination of Hazardous Air Pollutants. A Major Source’s Title V Operating Permit is like a snapshot that includes all emissions limits and standards to which the source is subject, as well as all operating, monitoring, and reporting requirements that apply at the time of the permit’s issuance. By including all the requirements in one comprehensive document, Title V Operating Permits help source operators comply with such requirements, and they help regulators (and when necessary, members of the public) enforce them–all with the ultimate goal of reducing air pollution.

Synthetic Minor facilities are ones whose potential to emit, without taking limitations and/or restrictions, exceed the Title V applicability threshold. By taking a restriction in the hours of operation, an emission limitation, or employing other approved methods, a major facility by definition becomes a minor facility and escapes the Title V Operating Permit program. The limitations and/or restrictions taken are federally enforceable by the EPA and citizens under the Clean Air Act.

ACHD’s web site includes a list of Title V Operating Permits under their jurisdiction and the status of each. They also include links to new or renewed permits that are open to public comment. Please visit the right sidebar on their web page.

To check on inspection and violation data, please visit the PA DEP’s eFACTS and the EPA’s ECHO web pages.

See the locations of the Major and Synthetic Minor facilities here:

If you have questions about a particular facility or its permit, please contact us. Stay tuned to GASP to learn when we are taking an interest in a certain facility or when permits are opened for public comment. In the meantime, take a look at “The Proof Is in the Permit: How to Make Sure a Facility in Your Community Gets an Effective Title V Air Pollution Permit.”

Allegheny County Title V Operating Permits

AKJ Clairton, Technical Support Document, and GASP’s comments from 1/18/2017 — City of Clairton [drafts published 11/2016]
Allied Waste–Imperial Landfill and Review Memo — Findlay Township
Ashland, Review Memo, and GASP’s comments from 07/12/2012 — Neville Township
Bay Valley Foods (formerly Del Monte) and Review Memo — Troy Hill (Pittsburgh) [existing permit]
Bay Valley Foods, Technical Support Document, and GASP’s comments from 1/18/2017 [drafts published 12/2/2016]
Bellefield Boiler Plant and Review Memo — Oakland (Pittsburgh)
Braddock Recovery and Review Memo — Braddock Borough
Buckeye Pipe Line and Review Memo — Moon Township
FirstEnergy–Springdale Facility  and Review Memo — Springdale Borough
General Electric–Bridgeville Glass Plant and Review Memo — Bridgeville Borough
Gulf Oil–Neville Island Terminal and Review Memo — Neville Township
Koppers–Clairton Tar Plant and Technical Support Document — City of Clairton [draft permit published 6/28/2016]
Liberty Pultrusions, Review Memo, and GASP’s comments from 11/12/2014 — West Mifflin Borough
Neville Chemical, Comment Response Document, and Technical Support Document — Neville Township
NRG Energy–Brunot Island Power Plant and Review Memo — Marshall-Shadeland (Pittsburgh)
NRG Energy–Cheswick Generating Station and Review Memo — Cheswick Borough
New Cheswick Draft Permits: Phase II Acid Rain, Review Memo, and Title V, and GASP’s comments from 8/1/2016; GASP’s comments on RACT Determination from 10/31/2016
NRG Energy Center Pittsburgh and Technical Support Document — North Shore (Pittsburgh) [existing permit]
NRG Energy Center Pittsburgh, Technical Support Document, and GASP’s comments from 1/18/2017 [drafts for renewed permit published 11/17/2016]
Pittsburgh Allegheny County Thermal, Review Memo, new Draft Permit, new Review Memo, and GASP’s comments from 03/02/15 — Downtown Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Terminals (f/k/a/ Motiva Enterprises) and Review Memo — Coraopolis Borough
PPG Industries and Review Memo — Springdale Borough
Sunoco Logistics–Pittsburgh Terminal and Review Memo — Upper Lawrenceville (Pittsburgh)
Universal Stainless and Alloy Products and Review Memo — Bridgeville Borough
University of Pittsburgh, Campus and Review Memo — Central Oakland (Pittsburgh)
U. S. Steel–Clairton Works, Review Memo, and GASP’s comments from 07/19/2012 — City of Clairton
–GASP’s comments from 10/10/16 on Clairton’s Installation Permit for a Coal Tar Processing and Loading Facility
U. S. Steel–Edgar Thomson Plant, Comment Response Document, and Review Memo
U. S. Steel–Irvin Works, Review Memo, and GASP’s comments from 03/02/15 — West Mifflin Borough
Waste Management–Monroeville Landfill and Review Memo — Monroeville Borough

Title V Permits not yet issued by ACHD

Allegheny County Sanitary Authority (ALCOSAN) — Marshall-Shadeland (Pittsburgh)
ATI Allegheny Ludlum–GASP’s comments from 10/31/16 to draft permit and transcript of Public Hearing on 10/31/16 — Brackenridge Borough
Eastman Chemical — West Elizabeth Borough
TMS International Braddock (f/k/a Tube City IMS) — Braddock Borough

Allegheny County Synthetic Minor Operating Permits

365 Main (Switch and Data PA Two) and Technical Support Document — Allegheny Center (Pittsburgh)
ACS Pittsburgh Data Center and Technical Support Document — Robinson Township
Allegheny County Jail and Technical Support Document — Bluff (Pittsburgh)
Basic Carbide and Technical Support Document — Elizabeth Township
Bloom Engineering and Technical Support Document — Baldwin Borough
Consol Energy Center and Technical Support Document — Downtown (Pittsburgh)
Duquesne University and Technical Support Document — Bluff (Pittsburgh)
EDMC Data Center and Technical Support Document — Robinson Township
Lane Construction–Bridgeville Plant and Technical Support Document — Bridgeville Borough
Lane Construction–McKees Rocks Plant and Technical Support Document — McKees Rocks Borough
Lane Construction–Springdale Asphalt Plant and Technical Support Document — Springdale Borough
Level 3 Pittsburgh–PITEPADT and Technical Support Document — South Side Flats (Pittsburgh)
Level 3 Pittsburgh–PITPANG and Technical Support Document — South Oakland (Pittsburgh)
Lindy Paving–Second Avenue and Technical Support Document — South Oakland (Pittsburgh)
Lindy Paving–Neville Road and Technical Support Document — Neville Township
Matthews International–Bronze Division and Technical Support Document — Brookline (Pittsburgh)
Moorhead Federal Building and Technical Support Document — Downtown (Pittsburgh)
OK Grocery–OK Perishables Warehouse and Technical Support Document — Fairywood (Pittsburgh)
Pennsylvania American Water Company–Becks Run Raw Water Pump Station and Technical Support Document — Baldwin Borough
Pennsylvania American Water Company–Hays Mine High Service Pump Station and Technical Support Document — Baldwin Borough
Neville Island Terminal and Technical Support Document — Neville Township
Peoples Natural Gas–Dice Compressor Station and Technical Support Document — Plum Borough
Pressure Chemical and Technical Support Document — Strip District (Pittsburgh)
Quala Services and Technical Support Document — Coraopolis Borough
Redland Brick–Harmar Plant and Technical Support Document — Harmar Township
Sinclair Media I and Technical Support Document — Summer Hill (Pittsburgh)
Standard Forged Products–McKees Rocks Forgings and Technical Support Document — McKees Rocks Borough
Sunoco Partners Marketing and Terminals–Sunoco Logistics Blawnox Terminal and Technical Support Document — Blawnox Borough
Syntheon and Technical Support Document — Leetsdale Borough
TRANSFLO Terminal Services and Technical Support Document — Hazelwood (Pittsburgh)
TYK America–Large Plant and Technical Support Document — Jefferson Hills Borough
UPMC Forbes Tower and Technical Support Document — Central Oakland (Pittsburgh)
US Steel Tower and Technical Support Document — Downtown (Pittsburgh)
Veterans Affairs Medical Center–Oakland Facility and Technical Support Document — North Oakland (Pittsburgh)
Verizon Business Network Services–PITSPA and Technical Support Document — Strip District (Pittsburgh)
Verizon Business Network Services–POFDPA and Technical Support Document — Polish Hill (Pittsburgh)
Verizon Business Network Services–PTTWPA and Technical Support Document — Polish Hill (Pittsburgh)
Verizon Pennsylvania–Downtown 1C Building and Technical Support Document — Downtown (Pittsburgh)
Verizon Pennsylvania–Bridgeville Mobile Switching Center (Cellco Partnership) and Technical Support Document — Bridgeville Borough

Miscellaneous

Air Quality Approval Plan Application,  GASP’s and other’s comments from 05/15/2015, Comment Response document from 06/18/2015, and Plan Approval from 06/18/2015 for Shell’s Beaver County Cracker Plant
McConway and Torley Draft Synthetic Minor Operating Permit, Review Memo, and GASP’s comments from 04/14/2015 — Lawrenceville (Pittsburgh)
McConway and Torley Application (12/14), Review (11/15), and Installation Permit 0275-I011 (12/15) re: ladle preheater burners
McConway and Torley Application (8/15), Review (12/15), and Installation Permit 0275-I013 (11/15) re: baghouses, sand, and collection equipment
GASP’s comments
on 0275-I011 and 0275-I013

Other Southwestern Pennsylvania Counties Title V and Synthetic Minor Operating Permits

Armstrong County
Beaver County
Butler County
Cambria County
Fayette County
Greene County
Indiana County
Lawrence County
Somerset County
Washington County
Westmoreland County

Disclaimer: Other regulations, conditions, etc. might apply to particular sources, especially conditions added after these permits were issued. Contact ACHD or PA DEP to check for other applicable documents not included in this project. Also, ownership of facilities can change much more quickly than permits can account for. We have made the best effort to list the name of the owning company, and in some cases these names are different than what the permits say. Ownership of any facility could also change in the future, as well as a source’s Major or Minor designation. This project was made possible through a grant from the Colcom Foundation.