Board of Health Seeks Public Comments on Regulatory Changes


PITTSBURGH – The Allegheny County Board of Health is accepting public comments until December 3 on two proposed changes to County air quality regulations and will hold a hearing on the proposed changes Wednesday, November 28, at 10 a.m., at the Clack Health Center, Bldg. 7, 301 Thirty-Ninth Street, Lawrenceville.

The changes include minor revised wording in the Prevention of Significant Deterioration regulation and the addition of a notification system that requires shale gas well operators to notify the Health Department before well site construction, drilling, hydraulic fracturing or flaring to ensure compliance with regulations.

Testimony at the public hearing must be scheduled in advance, by calling 412-578-8008, no later than 24 hours ahead of time, by 10 a.m. on Tuesday, November 27.  Speakers are limited to five minutes and asked to submit a written copy of their testimony.

Those unable to present testimony at the hearing have until December 3 to submit comments via email, fax or mail to:  boh@achd.net; 412-578-8325; or Allegheny County Health Board of Health, 3333 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213.

The proposed changes are posted on the World Wide Web Icon Health Department web site and also available for public review Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the Allegheny County Health Department Library, 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 amendments 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 changes.