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Allegheny County Health Department Seeking Input on Annual Air Monitoring Network

The Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) in a press release Monday announced it is requesting public comment on its 2021 Air Monitoring Network Plan, an annual report which provides a detailed description of how and where air pollution is monitored in Allegheny County.

The 2021 Air Monitoring Network Plan is a document required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It provides the specific location of each monitoring station, siting criteria, monitoring methods and objectives, frequency of sampling, pollutants measured at each station, and aerial photographs showing their physical location.

The network includes the following 13 locations within the county: Avalon, Clairton, Flag Plaza (Downtown), Glassport, Harrison, Lawrenceville, Liberty, Lincoln, Manchester, North Braddock, North Park, Parkway East (Wilkinsburg) and South Fayette.

One or more of the following pollutants is measured at each site: Sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, total reactive nitrogen, ozone, PM10, PM2.5, and other air toxics.

All correspondence must include first and last names and a complete mailing address. Comments will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. on WednesdayJune 10.

Comments may be submitted via e-mail to david.good@alleghenycounty.us or by mail to:

Allegheny County Health Department

Attention: David D. Good

Air Quality Program

301 39th Street

Pittsburgh, PA 15201

Editor’s Note: GASP is currently reviewing the plan. Check back for more info.

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3 Comments

  1. Jane says:

    Hello. I wanted to request that an air monitoring network be placed closer to Mt. Lebanon, where my family and I live. We often have poor air quality warnings on our weather apps, smell abnormal scents in the area, and have observed that many in our area are concerned about poor air quality. Thank you.

  2. Meghan Clark says:

    I would like to request an air quality monitor be placed in Mt. Lebanon. There have been many instances of foul smells and other disturbances in our area. I have first hand smelled many of these. We also have a lot of bad air quality days and I am worried for my family, friends, and neighbors.

  3. Nancy Robinson says:

    I live in the Brentwood/Whitehall area. We very often have foul, heavy, sulphurous air…..apparently from Clairton, Edgar Thompson industries. We also have too much recreational wood burning. It’s legal, for sure, but not easy on the lungs.

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