Allegheny County Health Board Seeks Public Comments on Air Quality Regulation Changes

Public comments are being accepted over the next month regarding proposed changes to air quality regulations.

The Allegheny County Board of Health is accepting public comments until March 6 on proposed changes to county air quality regulations.

A hearing on the revisions is planned for 10 a.m. Friday, March 1 at the Clack Health Center, Building 7, 301 39th St. in Lawrenceville.

Proposed changes include opacity limits for soaking emissions from coke oven standpipes; definition of soaking emissions from standpipe caps; and revisions related to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s review time for proposed operating permits.

Testimony at the public hearing must be pre-scheduled, by calling 412-578-8008, no fewer than 24 hours in advance. Speakers will be limited to five minutes and are asked to submit a written copy of their testimony.

Those unable to present testimony at the hearing have until March 6 to submit comments via email, fax or mail to: boh@achd.net; 412-578-8325; or to Allegheny County Board of Health, 3333 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213.

Proposed amendments are posted on the health department’s web site: www.achd.net. The proposals are also available for public review from 8:30 a.m to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Allegheny County Health Department's Document Control Room, Clack Health Center, Building 7 and from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Allegheny County Law Library, Room 921, City-County Building, Grant Street, Downtown Pittsburgh.

A printed copy of the plan can be requested and obtained via mail by calling 412-578-8120.

The Board of Health will consider all public comments before finalizing and voting on the revisions.


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