After years of work, a committee chaired by Board of Health member Dr. Donald Burke finished crafting new guidelines. GASP was a member of this committee. A vote to accept the new Air Toxics Guidelines PASSED on November 7, 2012. See a guide to understanding the policy here. The policy itself is at the end of the document. You can also see GASP’s comments made to ACHD in August and in September 2012 in regards to this policy.
The previous Allegheny County Air Toxics Guidelines were developed in 1988 and utilized decades-old air quality standards. Our understanding of the health effects of many of these chemicals has grown significantly since 1988. In order to protect our health it was critical that the guidelines be updated to reflect current science.