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Yes, Poor Air Quality Affects Your Pets, Too

Fact: People who are regularly exposed to poor air quality are at greater risk for developing a host of health problems, from cardiovascular disease to respiratory illness. But did you know that air pollution is also dangerous for your furry, four-legged friends? Sad but true: Recent studies confirmed that respiratory illness in dogs is associated with poor indoor air quality….

PA DEP’s Northwest Regional Office Issues Administrative Order to Erie Coke Corp.

The Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Northwest Regional office on Feb. 4 issued an administrative order to Erie Coke Corp. (ECC) demanding it take action to correct air quality violations believed to be “ongoing and continuous” during the previous 18 months. The order lists 59 regulatory violations Erie Coke committed between June 3, 2017 and Oct. 11, 2018. These violations…

3 Last-Minute Eco-Friendly Valentine’s Day Gifts: Pittsburgh Edition

  Roses may be red, but your Valentine’s Day can still be green. Instead of opting for stereotypical presents like flowers or chocolates, why not get a gift that keeps on giving – both to your sweetie and the environment? Not sure what that may be? No worries – your friendly neighborhood environmentalists here at the Group Against Smog and…

Tell ACHD: Deny Eastman Chemical’s Changes Until Consent Order Obligations Met

[Note: To jump to a summary of this post and to our petition, please visit here.] Eastman Chemical Resins, Inc. (“Eastman”) operates a plant in Jefferson Hills which, according to the company’s webpage, “produces hydrocarbon resins and dispersions used primarily in hot melt adhesives, rubber and plastic compounding, coatings, sealants, and plastic modification.” Eastman’s plant includes five manufacturing process units:…

Video Presentations From “Making the Connection: Manganese and Children’s IQ”

Along with following up on the long-delayed permitting of the McConway and Torley steel foundry in Lawrenceville, GASP has also been tracking manganese levels recorded at the facility’s fenceline and reported on in the Lawrenceville Toxics Metals Study (viewable here under “Other Air Quality Studies”). Our most recent Making the Connection event, on October 25, 2018, explored manganese exposure and…

Health Department Tracks Down Source of “Rotten Egg” Hydrogen Sulfide Emissions

A year ago GASP began urging the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) to do more to eliminate violations of the County’s hydrogen sulfide (H2S) standard and the offensive rotten egg odors that go along with those violations. GASP documented that the H2S standard has been violated on average more than fifty times a year, over the past six years, according…

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…