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Environmental Protection Agency Finds Room for Improvement With Allegheny County’s Title V Operating Permit Program

GASP has blogged about the backlog of Title V Operating Permits at the Allegheny County Health Department (“ACHD”) from time to time over the last few years. The Clean Air Act requires every major source of air pollution to have a Title V Operating Permit. A facility’s Title V Operating Permit must include all federal, state, and local air pollution…

U.S. Steel’s Appeals Enforcement Order Against Clairton Coke; Latest Skirmish in Decades-Long Battle with Regulators

On June 28, 2018, the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) fined U.S. Steel approximately $1.1M for multiple violations of air pollution regulations at their Clairton Coke Works. The enforcement action also includes a provision for the closure of two of the facility’s older batteries of ovens if certain emissions limits are not met. According to the enforcement order, Clairton Coke…

Petition: Don’t Spend Air Quality Funds on Office Renovation

Allegheny County’s air quality is among the worst in the nation, ranking in the top 2% of U.S. counties for cancer risk from inhaled air toxics. Our region consistently struggles to meet the federal health-based standards for harmful ozone and fine particulates. Actions must be taken to improve our air quality and protect our health. The Clean Air and Title…

GASP and Clean Air Council Sue Allegheny County for Illegal Use of Clean Air and Title V Funds

For Immediate Release July 10, 2018 Contact: Rachel Filippini Executive Director, Group Against Smog and Pollution (GASP) 412-924-0604 x201 rachel@gasp-pgh.org Katie Edwards Social Media Director, Clean Air Council 215-567-4004 x102 kedwards@cleanair.org   Group Against Smog and Pollution and Clean Air Council Sue Allegheny County Over Illegal Use of Clean Air and Title V Funds Pittsburgh, PA—Group Against Smog and Pollution…

DEP Doublespeak Allows Central PA Power Plant Operator to Avoid Reasonably Available Control Technology Requirements

The Clean Air Act authorizes the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) to set National Ambient Air Quality Standards (“NAAQS”) for ozone, among other pollutants. Pursuant to section 107 of the Act, EPA designates regions that do not attain such standards as “nonattainment areas.” Ozone nonattainment areas are obligated to impose “Reasonably Available Control Technology” (“RACT”) requirements on stationary sources…

GASP Urges Health Dept. to Not Squander Clean Air Funds on Building Renovation

Comments delivered to the Allegheny County Board of Health on May 2, 2018 Good afternoon. My name is Rachel Filippini. I am the Executive Director of the Group Against Smog and Pollution. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to speak today. Under Agenda Item 5(E), Jayme Graham and Ron Sugar will be asking you to approve $66,000 from the…

Revised General Permits for Natural Gas Production Facilities Available for Public Comment

In February 2017, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) published revisions to “GP-5,” its existing general operating permit and plan approval for natural gas compressor stations, processing plants, and transmissions stations, as well as a proposed new general operating permit and plan approval “GP-5A” for unconventional natural gas well sites and pigging operations. General permits and plan approvals are…