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Watchdog Report: GASP Submits Formal Comments on PPG Industries, Bellefield Boiler Permits

Being a watchdog is one of the cornerstones of GASP’s air advocacy work: We have two attorneys on staff who not only sift through installation, Title V, and other air quality-related permits, but submit formal comments to ensure that they include the strongest possible protections against air pollution.

This week, GASP Senior Attorney John Baillie submitted comments on pending RACT (Reasonably Available Control Technology) and Title V operating permits for two industrial operators: PPG Industries, Inc. in Springdale, and the Bellefield Boiler Plant in Oakland.

By way of background, ACHD’s regulations define “Reasonably Available Control Technology” to mean “any pollution control equipment, process modifications, operating and maintenance standards, or other apparatus or techniques which may reduce emissions and which (ACHD) determines is available for use by the source.”

In considering the necessity for obtaining those emission reductions, ACHD looks at the “social and economic impact of such reductions, and the availability of alternative means of providing for the attainment and maintenance of (health-based air quality standards).”

For those who aren’t familiar: A Title V permit is required for major, stationary sources of air pollution that have the potential to emit at least 100 tons per year of any air pollutant, 10 tons per year of any single hazardous air pollutant, or 25 tons per year of any combination of hazardous air pollutants.

You can read our comments on the PPG permits here.

You can read our comments on the Bellefield Boiler Plant here.

Editor’s Note: Did you know that GASP maintains a clearinghouse where you can view air permits for facilities operating in from Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Cambria, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Somerset, Washington, and Westmoreland counties? It can be accessed here.

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