Draft Plan to Improve Air Quality in Liberty/Clairton Released

The Allegheny County Health Department recently released the draft State Implementation Plan (SIP) to reduce air pollution in Liberty/Clairton area. The plan was created to demonstrate what needs to be done to get the area into compliance with the 24-hour/daily PM2.5 (commonly known as soot) federal air quality standard by the end of 2014. The . . . → Read More: Draft Plan to Improve Air Quality in Liberty/Clairton Released

New Air Toxics Guidelines PASSED!

It has taken a long time, but it finally happened. On Wednesday, November 7, 2012, the Allegheny County Board of Health passed new air toxics guidelines. These guidelines, used to permit new or significantly modified sources of pollution, were last updated in 1988. This is a huge victory for the residents of Allegheny County, especially . . . → Read More: New Air Toxics Guidelines PASSED!

Board of Health Delays Air Toxics Vote

On Wednesday, September 19th, the Allegheny County Board of Health delayed the vote on proposed new air toxics guidelines until their November meeting. This delay came per the request of County Executive Rich Fitzgerald.

The new guidelines will update the standards the Health Department uses to issue permits for new or significantly modified sources of . . . → Read More: Board of Health Delays Air Toxics Vote

Businesses and Organizations Urge Board of Health to Pass Updated Air Toxics Guidelines

On Monday, 50 organizations and small businesses submitted a letter to the Allegheny County Health Department urging the passage of updated Air Toxics Guidelines. The proposed new guidelines will be voted on by the Board at their next meeting on September 5th.

Thanks to all of those who added their name in support!

Acoustic Moose . . . → Read More: Businesses and Organizations Urge Board of Health to Pass Updated Air Toxics Guidelines

Shenango Settlement Finalized

Neville plant pollution nets $1.75 million fine

Don Hopey – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette July 24, 2012

Shenango Inc. will pay a $1.75 million penalty to settle serious air and water pollution violations from 2005 to the present at its coke works on Neville Island, according to a filing in U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh Tuesday.

The . . . → Read More: Shenango Settlement Finalized

Allegheny County Readies New Air Quality Code

2 years in making, guidelines aimed at new industries

Twenty-four years after Allegheny County’s first attempt to control toxic industrial air pollutants, a county Board of Health committee has agreed on more protective, public health-based guidelines.

The proposed guidelines would be used to evaluate the human health impacts of toxic emissions from new or significantly . . . → Read More: Allegheny County Readies New Air Quality Code

Senator Alexander (R-TN) Understands the Need for Clean Air

Tennessee needs air rule for jobs as well as health Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) The Tennessean – June 13, 2012

Over the years I have learned that cleaner air means better jobs as well as better health for Tennesseans.

That’s why I will soon vote to uphold a clean air rule that requires utilities in . . . → Read More: Senator Alexander (R-TN) Understands the Need for Clean Air

Mon Valley Residents Express Air Quality Concerns

The committee working to update Allegheny County’s air toxic guidelines, the document used by the health department when issuing new sources of pollution, held a public meeting in Clairton to get resident feedback. More than 30 individuals from several communities in the Mon Valley came out to share their concerns and voice their support for . . . → Read More: Mon Valley Residents Express Air Quality Concerns

Shenango is Improving, but Must Stay on Guard

Over 70 residents from Bellevue and surrounding communities attended a community meeting last night because they are concerned about the air they breathe . The Allegheny County Health Department gave an update on Shenango, Inc., a coke works facility on Neville Island, right across the river from Bellevue, that was fined $114,000 last August for . . . → Read More: Shenango is Improving, but Must Stay on Guard

Kids Can’t Wait for Clean Air

The Shenango Coke Works must address neighbors’ concerns

Wednesday, March 07, 2012 By Bill Bartlett

Most schools in our region are concerned with their kids’ test scores, sports schedules and play dates. But for myself and an awful lot of other parents in the Northgate School District, we’re more worried about whether our children will . . . → Read More: Kids Can’t Wait for Clean Air