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State of the Air Report Ranks Pittsburgh’s Air Quality as 7th Worst in U.S.

The American Lung Association released its 2019 “State of the Air” report and Pittsburgh did not fare well: Not only did it rank the Pittsburgh area’s air as the 7th worst in the country but it also indicated that, when it comes to air quality, things are getting worse, not better. According to the report, air quality in the Pittsburgh-New…

Clean Air Council, Citizens for Clean Air Hosting Listening Session in Clairton About Air Quality

Mark your calendars, because you’re invited to attend an event being hosted by Clean Air Council, with support from GASP and other organizations, as well as the newly formed group, Citizens for Clean Air, that will give members of the Clairton community an opportunity to speak out about the recent air quality issues related to the U.S. Steel fire and…

YOU’RE INVITED: GASP, PCCR Hosting Crafts for Clean Air Event

GASP is working with Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse to co-host Crafts for Clean Air, a series of events aimed to teach about air quality in a fun and creative atmosphere. We’ll meet as a group near the Westinghouse Park sign on the corner of Thomas and Lang and enjoy a leisurely stroll through the park looking for natural indicators…

By the Numbers: A Look at Allegheny County Health Department, DEP Title V Permit Backlog Reduction Efforts

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 Regional Office (SWRO). Operating permits for major sources of air pollution are…

Residents Show Up in Droves for HECA, GASP Community Update on Erie Coke Works

Nearly 100 community members joined Hold Erie Coke Accountable (HECA) and the Group Against Smog and Pollution (GASP) to learn more about ongoing violations at Erie Coke Works. The event, held at East Middle School in Erie, featured several speakers, including GASP’s Executive Director Rachel Filippini and staff attorney Ned Mulcahy. GASP shared information about air quality issues generally—and those…

East Pittsburgh Woman Files Class Action Law Suit Against U.S. Steel Over Emissions from Christmas Eve Fire

An East Pittsburgh woman on April 9 filed a class action lawsuit against U.S. Steel, claiming the company was grossly negligent/reckless in the way it handled a Dec. 24 fire at its Clairton plant and its aftermath. The suit specifically alleges that U.S. Steel: Failed to develop and/or maintain adequate policies and procedures as necessary to prevent the Dec. 24,…

GASP Seeking Nominations for Michelle Madoff Awards of Environmental Excellence

The Group Against Smog and Pollution (GASP) has a legacy of strong women, with many serving as board members, staff members, and spokeswomen throughout the history of our organization. At our upcoming 50th Anniversary Celebration on Oct. 12, we’d like to celebrate contemporary women in environmental fields while commemorating Michelle Madoff, our founder and first president. This is where you…