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October 24, 2016
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Clearing the air, part I A little environmental history

Last week, public hearings were held in Pittsburg, Norristown and Harrisburg. On Friday, the Pittsburgh City Council weighed in, pointing out that PA has eight million residents, about two thirds of its total population who live in areas that have not reached federal smog standards, and criticizing the plan’s retreat from stricter standards. “Smog [can] lead to or exacerbate health concerns including asthma, heart attacks, stroke and premature death,” the council resolution said, and “the proposals by DEP are up to four times less stringent than those proposed by other similarly situated mid-Atlantic states,” including New York.

We join the Pittsburgh City Council and the list of environmental groups opposing the state’s plan to weaken existing rules and negotiate weaker emissions targets and extend schedules to attain those targets, which power companies have had decades to achieve.

We invite Pennsylvania citizens to submit their public comments before the deadline of June 30 by going online at or by mailing written comments to Environmental Quality Board, P.O. Box 8477, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8477.