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Allegheny County Health Department Seeks Written Comment on 2023 Air Monitoring Network Plan

 

The Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) is seeking written public comment on its draft 2023 Air Monitoring Network Plan, an annual report that provides a detailed description of how and where air pollution is monitored in Allegheny County.

 

Air Monitoring Network Plans are required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and provide the specific location of each monitoring station, siting criteria, monitoring methods and objectives, frequency of sampling, pollutants measured at each station, and aerial photographs showing their physical locations.

 

The 2023 plan is substantially similar to the 2022 Air Monitoring Network Plan except for the proposed move to the air monitoring station from the Clack Campus in Lawrenceville to Fulton Street on the Northside.

 

The county’s air monitoring network includes nine locations: Avalon, Clairton, Flag Plaza, Glassport, Harrison, Lawrenceville, Liberty, North Braddock, Parkway East (Wilkinsburg), and South Fayette. One or more of the following pollutants is measured at each site: sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, total reactive nitrogen, ozone, PM10, PM2.5, and air toxics.

 

Comments will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. on June 9 and may be submitted via e-mail to david.good@alleghenycounty.us or by mail to:

 

Allegheny County Health Department

Attention: David D. Good

Air Quality Program

301 39th Street

Pittsburgh, PA 15201

 

*All correspondence must include first and last name and a complete mailing address.

 

Public Comment Being Accepted on U.S. Steel Consent Decree Regarding Edgar Thomson Facility

 

A 30-day public comment period opened May 24 regarding a proposed consent decree between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD), and U.S. Steel regarding emissions at its Edgar Thomson facility in Braddock Borough. You can read more about the consent decree on our blog and find details on how to submit a public comment here.

 

Allegheny County Health Department Seeks Written Comment on U.S. Steel’s Edgar Thomson Works Title V Permit, Others

 

The ACHD is seeking comments on several 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, June 28, 2022.

 

A virtual public hearing will be held regarding the proposed issuance of these permits on Tuesday, June 28, 2021, at 10 am. 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 pm on Thursday, June 23, 2022, no person has expressed in interest in testifying at the hearing, the hearing will be cancelled. If the hearing is cancelled, the Department will provide public notice on the webpage or through the contact information listed above.

 

Read the permits in public comments here.

 

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