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Public Comment/Meeting Notice

ACHD Seeking Public Comments on Proposed Redesignation Request and Maintenance Plans
The Allegheny County Board of Health will hold a public hearing at 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8 to take testimony on the proposed Redesignation Request and Maintenance Plan for the Liberty-Clairton, PA and Allegheny County, PA PM2.5 Nonattainment Areas for the 1997/2006/2012 National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS).
The hearing will be held at the Clack Health Center (Building 7, First Floor Conference Room
301 39th Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15201).
The Redesignation Request and Maintenance Plan will be submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a revision to Allegheny County’s portion of the Pennsylvania State Implementation Plan (SIP) for the Attainment and Maintenance of the PM2.5 NAAQS.
  • Persons wishing to present testimony at the hearing must register using ACHD’s Public Hearing Participation Form or by calling 412-578-8103.
  • You must register no less than 24 hours in advance of the hearing.
  • Testimony is limited to three minutes.

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DEP Seeks Comments on Annual Air Quality Monitoring Plan

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is seeking public comment on Pennsylvania’s 2022 Annual Ambient Air Monitoring Network Plan. The plan has been updated to address changes that have been made in the Commonwealth’s ambient air monitoring network and to identify changes that are anticipated to occur in the remainder of 2022 and in 2023.

On Oct. 17, 2006, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promulgated final amendments to the National ambient air monitoring requirements for criteria pollutants at 40 CFR Parts 53 and 58 (relating to ambient air monitoring reference and equivalent methods; and ambient air quality surveillance). See 71 FR 61236 (Oct. 17, 2006). The EPA’s final rule requires state and local agencies to enhance air monitoring to ”improve public health protection and better inform the public about air quality in their communities.”

Under 40 CFR 58.10 (relating to annual monitoring network plan and periodic network assessment), air quality state and local monitoring agencies must adopt an annual air monitoring network plan and make the plan available for public inspection for at least 30 days prior to final submission to the EPA Regional Administrator.

The Plan must include a statement of purpose for each monitor and evidence that siting and operation of each monitor meets Federal requirements. The EPA may also provide an opportunity for review and comment prior to approving or disapproving a state’s monitoring network plan. The Plan was due to the EPA by July 1, 2022. The Department is working as expeditiously as possible to submit the Plan to the EPA.

The Plan is available on the Department’s website at www.dep.pa.gov/Business/Air/BAQ/Pages/default.aspx.

The Department must receive comments no later than Monday, Aug. 29, 2022. Comments, including comments submitted by e-mail, must include the commentator’s name and address. Commentators are encouraged to submit comments using the Department’s online eComment tool at www.ahs.dep.pa.gov/eComment. Written comments can also be submitted by e-mail to ecomment@ pa.gov or by mail to the Policy Office, Department of Environmental Protection, Rachel Carson State Office Building, P.O. Box 2063, Harrisburg, PA 17105-2063. Use ”2022 Annual Monitoring Network Plan” as the subject line in written communication.

Notice of Public Hearing and Public Comment Period for proposed amendments to ACHD Article XXI, Air Pollution Control

The Allegheny County Board of Health will hold a public hearing on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2022, at 10 a.m. at:

Clack Health Center
Building 7, First Floor Conference Room
301 39th Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
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to take testimony on the proposed addition of Section 2105.08, “Additional RACT Requirements for Major Sources of Nitrogen Oxides and Volatile Organic Compounds for the 2015 Ozone NAAQS” to Allegheny County Health Department Article XXI, and corresponding County Ordinance 16782. The addition of §2105.08 will be submitted as a revision to Allegheny County’s portion of the Pennsylvania State Implementation Plan (SIP) for the ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS).

See the Proposed SIP Revision

  • Persons wishing to present testimony at the hearing must register using ACHD’s Public Hearing Participation Form or by calling 412-578-8103.
  • You must register no less than 24 hours in advance of the hearing.
  • Testimony is limited to 3 minutes.

The Board will also accept written comments beginning on Monday, July 18, 2022, and concluding at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 18 by mail to:

ACHD Air Program
301 39th Street, Bldg. 7
Pittsburgh, PA 15201-1811

or, by email to: aqcomments@alleghenycounty.us.

Please call 412-578-8103 if you have any questions or if you have any difficulty registering for the hearing.

ACHD Seeks Comments on Draft Air Quality Permits

The ACHD is seeking comments on the following draft permits. Copies of documents are open for public inspection by request at aqpermits@alleghenycounty.us or 412-578-8115. Written comments may be submitted to the Department at 301 39th Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15201 or by e-mail at aqpermits@alleghenycounty.us by the end of the day on Tuesday, Aug. 23. A virtual public hearing will be held regarding the proposed issuance of these permits on Tuesday, Aug. 23 at 10 a.m. Persons wishing to present testimony should contact aqpermits@alleghenycounty.us or 412-578-8115 at least 24 hours in advance of the hearing.

Information will be provided on the Department’s permits webpage at https://alleghenycounty.us/AQnotices. If by 12 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2022, no person has expressed an interest in testifying at the hearing, the hearing will be canceled. If the hearing is canceled, the Department will provide public notice on the webpage or through the contact information listed above. Comments to previously issued installation or operating permits that are being modified will be accepted on the modified language only.

Also where indicated, this is notice of final action by the Department of issuance, amendment, renewal, or denial of the subject permit. Appeals to final actions may be filed in accordance with Article XI of the County Health Department Regulations and the Pa.

Local Agency Law, 2 Pa. C.S.A. 101 et seq., 551 et seq., & 751 et seq., within 30 days of the date of publication of this notice to the Director, Allegheny County Health Department, 542 Fourth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15219.

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