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On Wednesday, May 2, 2012, the Allegheny County Board of Health will meet to consider strengthening air quality regulations for the county. These air regulations have a big impact on everyone in Pittsburgh. Please add your voice in support of these changes by signing this petition.

Letter to
Allegheny County Board of Health
I am voicing my support for the Board to issue the strongest possible protections for air quality in Pittsburgh. Air pollution is still making too many people in Allegheny County sick. It has been more than 20 years since the Allegheny County Board of Health updated the rules governing air pollution in and around Pittsburgh. In that time, scientists have made great progress in understanding the dangers of pollution, and engineers have made great strides in technology to reduce emissions.

The County needs an up-to-date policy that will help reduce the overall level of pollution in the County and provide extra protections for communities that have borne more than their share of the effects of toxic pollution. We need guidelines that:

• Update the list of chemicals that are covered and use of the most up-to-date science on the dangers of those chemicals.

• Make sure existing sources of toxic pollution nearby are taken into account when permits are issued for new facilities.

• Secure better protections for residents of “hot-spot” areas, like Clairton and the Neville Island area, where people have suffered the most from toxic air pollution.

• Incorporate a policy that will reduce the overall level of toxic pollution in the County over time.

By strengthening air quality protections, you can help provide the clean air we need for the economy we all want. I urge the Allegheny County Board of Health to quickly pass updated and strengthened guidelines for permitting toxic pollution.

Thank you. I will be watching this issue closely and hope to see this needed improvement in our air regulations come to pass.