Aug 1: Air permit hearing for Cheswick power plant

The Cheswick coal-fired power plant in Springdale is among the largest sources of dangerous pollutants in the county, contributing to polluted air and high asthma rates.

The American Lung Association ranked Pittsburgh as the eighth most polluted city in the U.S. based on annual air quality and the Allegheny Health Network found that 29% of Allegheny County 5th graders have and 11% more were at risk of developing the disease, due in part to the county's poor air quality.

Fortunately, the Allegheny Health Department has issued a new draft air permit that would require the owners of the Cheswick coal plant to limit the plants pollution, and they're holding a hearing to get public input on the new permit, August 1 in Pittsburgh.

Cutting pollution from the Cheswick coal plant would bring much needed relief to our community, especially families with children who suffer from asthma or are at risk from developing asthma.

6-9 p.m. in Building 7 of the Clack Health Center (301 39th Street, Pittsburgh 15201).  RSVP with the Sierra Club to help pack the hearing!  More information, online RSVP, and contact info are here.

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