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Allegheny County Health Department Commits to Clear Permit Backlog After EPA Scrutiny

Title V of the Clean Air Act requires that each major source of air pollution (as well as certain minor sources) have an operating permit that includes all of the air pollution law requirements that apply to the source. The Allegheny County Health Department (“ACHD”) is responsible for issuing such permits to Title V sources in Allegheny County. A Title…

Environmental Protection Agency Finds Room for Improvement With Allegheny County’s Title V Operating Permit Program

GASP has blogged about the backlog of Title V Operating Permits at the Allegheny County Health Department (“ACHD”) from time to time over the last few years. The Clean Air Act requires every major source of air pollution to have a Title V Operating Permit. A facility’s Title V Operating Permit must include all federal, state, and local air pollution…

U.S. Steel’s Appeals Enforcement Order Against Clairton Coke; Latest Skirmish in Decades-Long Battle with Regulators

On June 28, 2018, the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) fined U.S. Steel approximately $1.1M for multiple violations of air pollution regulations at their Clairton Coke Works. The enforcement action also includes a provision for the closure of two of the facility’s older batteries of ovens if certain emissions limits are not met. According to the enforcement order, Clairton Coke…

Petition: Don’t Spend Air Quality Funds on Office Renovation

Allegheny County’s air quality is among the worst in the nation, ranking in the top 2% of U.S. counties for cancer risk from inhaled air toxics. Our region consistently struggles to meet the federal health-based standards for harmful ozone and fine particulates. Actions must be taken to improve our air quality and protect our health. The Clean Air and Title…

GASP and Clean Air Council Sue Allegheny County for Illegal Use of Clean Air and Title V Funds

For Immediate Release July 10, 2018 Contact: Rachel Filippini Executive Director, Group Against Smog and Pollution (GASP) 412-924-0604 x201 rachel@gasp-pgh.org Katie Edwards Social Media Director, Clean Air Council 215-567-4004 x102 kedwards@cleanair.org   Group Against Smog and Pollution and Clean Air Council Sue Allegheny County Over Illegal Use of Clean Air and Title V Funds Pittsburgh, PA—Group Against Smog and Pollution…

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,…