Allegheny County's air is failing federal safe air standards because of high sulfur dioxide levels, which contribute to higher than average asthma rates. The largest source of this pollution is the Cheswick coal-fired power plant in Springdale, but now we have an opportunity to change that.
The Cheswick plant had scrubbers installed to reduce its dangerous pollution, but its air permit allows it to get away with not running the scrubbers meant to protect our health.
The Allegheny Health Department is holding a public meeting where they'll consider strengthening the plants permit to protect our health and force the polluters to clean up their act.
12:30 pm at the Clark Health Center conference room (3901 Penn Ave Pittsburgh , PA 15224; map). RSVP online: http://action.sierraclub.org/AlleghenyAir Questions? Contact Jameka Hodnett at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Allegheny County Health department (ACHD) can force these polluters to clean up their act. In fact under the Clean Air Act, ACHD is required to create a plan that will bring our air into compliance with the federal safe air standards. This means they have to set stronger pollution limits on sulfur dioxide. At the ACHD meeting, citizens from Allegheny County will get to talk about the major barriers to their health. RSVP to make your voice heard for cleaner air in the Pittsburgh region today!