May 4: Air Toxics Guidelines Public Meeting

Allegheny County continues to release more toxic chemicals than Beaver, Butler, Washington, and Westmoreland Counties combined!  These chemicals damage our environment and harm our health. The Allegheny County Health Department uses the Air Toxic Guidelines to control future sources of pollution. The existing version was established in 1988, making it over 20 years old.
 Currently, a committee of academics, industry professionals and environmental advocates is working to develop a new document for the Health Department. These are some of the questions the committee is debating:
Should the Air Toxic Guidelines be a Regulation that is enforceable in the courts?
Should the cumulative pollution impact of all industry in an area be considered?
Should the guidelines address all sources of pollution, or only new ones?
Who has the final say on whether or not a permit gets issued?

Public officials need to hear community input to make the new document used for permitting pollution sources and protecting the air we breathe as strong as possible!

A public comment session will be held at 6 p.m.  at the Avalon Borough Building, 640 California Avenue, Pittsburgh 15202.  For more information please contact Julie St. John at or 412.765.3053.

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