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DEP Doublespeak Allows Central PA Power Plant Operator to Avoid Reasonably Available Control Technology Requirements

The Clean Air Act authorizes the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) to set National Ambient Air Quality Standards (“NAAQS”) for ozone, among other pollutants. Pursuant to section 107 of the Act, EPA designates regions that do not attain such standards as “nonattainment areas.” Ozone nonattainment areas are obligated to impose “Reasonably Available Control Technology” (“RACT”) requirements on stationary sources…

GASP Urges Health Dept. to Not Squander Clean Air Funds on Building Renovation

Comments delivered to the Allegheny County Board of Health on May 2, 2018 Good afternoon. My name is Rachel Filippini. I am the Executive Director of the Group Against Smog and Pollution. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to speak today. Under Agenda Item 5(E), Jayme Graham and Ron Sugar will be asking you to approve $66,000 from the…

Revised General Permits for Natural Gas Production Facilities Available for Public Comment

In February 2017, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) published revisions to “GP-5,” its existing general operating permit and plan approval for natural gas compressor stations, processing plants, and transmissions stations, as well as a proposed new general operating permit and plan approval “GP-5A” for unconventional natural gas well sites and pigging operations. General permits and plan approvals are…

Backlogged Permit Problem Remains in Southwestern PA

In September 2016 we blogged about the backlogs of applications for new and renewed operating permits for major sources of air pollution that existed in Allegheny County (where such sources are regulated by the Allegheny County Health Department (“ACHD”)) and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s (“DEP”) Southwest Region. Because such operating permits are required by Title V of the…

New Year, New Partners!

Over the next few months GASP will be spending a lot of time at the Frick Environmental Center, and we’d love for you to join us! We’re working with the Naturalist Educators from the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy to bring you a series of educational events focused on air quality and the natural world. With a variety of events and topics,…

Legal Watchdogging Leads to Two Victories

In July 2017 we blogged about the notice of intent to sue for violations of the Clean Air Act that GASP sent to Armstrong Cement & Supply. Armstrong operates a facility with two cement kilns and associated equipment in Winfield Township, Butler County. GASP’s notice was based on Armstrong’s failure to submit required reports of the results of continuous emission…

Public Hearing and Petition Concerning Draft Permit for Steel Plant in Brackenridge

Please attend the public hearing regarding the proposed issuance of the draft Title V Operating Permit for ATI/Allegheny Ludlum and let the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) your thoughts on this permit. The hearing will be on Dec. 19 at 6 p.m., in the Harrison Township Building, One Municipal Drive, Natrona Heights, 15065. Oral testimony must be scheduled by calling…

Organizations Team Up to Reduce Vehicle Idling at Local Child Care Centers

The Group Against Smog and Pollution (GASP), the Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children (PAEYC), and Tender Care Learning Center have teamed up to discourage vehicle idling. Earlier this year GASP received a grant from the Grable Foundation to develop the NO Idling! Young Lungs at Work program, in partnership with PAEYC. The goals of the project are…

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…