County health board seeks comments on air-quality plan

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The Allegheny County Board of Health is accepting public comments until March 5 on a revised fine-particulate air-quality plan for the Liberty/Clairton area.

The revised plan demonstrates attainment of the 2006 national air quality standards for fine particulates in the Liberty/Clairton area by 2014 based on emission reductions and air-dispersion modeling, the board said. It will consider all public comments before finalizing and voting on the revised plan.

A public hearing on the plan will be held Feb. 19 at 6 p.m. at the Clairton City School District, 501 Waddell Ave., Clairton. Testimony must be pre-scheduled by calling 412-578-8008 no less than 24 hours in advance. Speakers will be limited to five minutes and will be asked to submit a written copy of their testimony.

Those unable to present testimony at the hearing have until March 5 to submit comments via email to boh@achd.net, fax at 412-578-8325 or mail at Allegheny County Board of Health, 3333 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, Pa. 15213.

The revised air quality plan is posted on the Health Department's web site--www.achd.net--and also is available for public review Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Allegheny county Health Department Document Control Room, Clack Health Center, Building 7, and at the Allegheny County Law Library, Room 921, City County Building, Grant Street, Downtown. A printed copy can be obtained via mail by calling 412-578-8120.

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