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GASP Seeks Local Smoke Readers; Free Training Provided

They say, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

They say, “Actions are louder than words.”

What they don’t tell you is how to be the change, or what action to take, exactly.

We will: If you wish air quality was better in the Pittsburgh area and you want to do something to help effect change locally, please consider signing up to be a GASP Smoke Reader.

Never heard of such a thing? Smoke Readers are volunteers who are trained and certified to recognize and understand:

  • visible emissions from smokestacks
  • what violations look like
  • and how to file reports

“Smoke reading is an excellent way for citizens to take action in their own communities by observing the facilities that are of concern to them,” GASP Executive Director Rachel Filippini said. “Readings by our volunteers increase regulatory scrutiny on polluters, as government inspectors can’t be at every facility at all times.”

Sound like something you’re into? Then we have excellent news for you: A Smoke Reader training session is coming up soon, and you’re invited to attend.

The next training—which is provided by GASP free of charge—is slated for April 9-11.

Here’s how it works: A formal smoke reading training class will be conducted by Eastern Technical Associates on April 9. Attendees may then choose to take the certification test on either April 10 or April 11, which takes about two hours to complete.

Here’s what you need to know if you want to go:

REGISTRATION: Those interested in attending MUST pre-register by emailing Sue Seppi at Sue@gasp-pgh.org.

WHAT: Smoke Reader training course

WHEN: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. April 9

WHERE: Springhill Suites, 239 Summit Park Drive, North Fayette Township, PA  15275

The testing will follow on April 10 and April 11. Registration begins at 8 a.m. at the Settlers Cabin Wave Pool parking lot located at 635 Ridge Road.

Can’t make this training? No worries! Smoke reading school is offered twice a year. Email Sue Seppi at @Sue@gasp-pgh.org to find out when the next training is slated! 

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