Smoke Readers

Concerned for your community? Do something!

The 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 reading the facilities that are of concern to them. Readings by our volunteers increase regulatory scrutiny on polluters, as government inspectors can’t be at every facility at all times.

Here’s a great read-up of the program and what trained citizens can do from The Allegheny Front on December 14, 2018: “The Smoke Readers Who Keep Tabs on Air Pollution.”

The next training, provided free of charge by GASP, is scheduled for April 9-11, 2019. A class is conducted on the 9th; participants may come on either the 10th or 11th to take their certification test, which could take only two hours or less if passed on the first try. Training is conducted by Eastern Technical Associates. Please contact sue@gasp-pgh.org for more information.

Smoke Readers, be sure to use www.suncalc.net before you head out to a new spot, to check where the sun will be to ensure you are making valid readings.

Lecture Information

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

• 8:30 a.m. start
• Springhill Suites, 239 Summit Park Drive, North Fayette Township, PA  15275

Field Information

Wednesday or Thursday, April 10 and 11, 2019

• 8 a.m. registration and 8:30 a.m. start (participants only have to stay until completing certification, which could be two hours or less if passed on the first try)
• Settlers Cabin Park – Wave Pool Parking Lot, 635 Ridge Road, Robinson Township, PA  15205