Public Comments Sought on Changes to Air Regulations

PITTSBURGH – The Allegheny County Board of Health is accepting public comments until March 6 on proposed changes to County air quality regulations and will hold a hearing on the revisions on Friday, March 1, at 10:00 a.m., at the Clack Health Center, Building 7, 301 39th Street, Lawrenceville.

The 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 less than 24 hours in advance. 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 March 6 to submit comments via email, fax or mail to: boh@achd.net; 412-578-8325; or Allegheny County Board of Health, 3333 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213.

The proposed amendments are posted on the Health Department’s web site, World Wide Web Icon www.achd.net, 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 Document Control Room, Clack Health Center, Building 7, and from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 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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