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The Allegheny County Health Department is asking the public to provide feedback on its 2022 Air Monitoring Network Plan.
A county spokesman said the Air Monitoring Network Plan is an annual report which provides a detailed description of how and where air pollution is monitored in Allegheny County, and is required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The county currently maintains air monitoring stations at 10 locations, including Clairton, Glassport, Liberty Borough, North Braddock, Wilkinsburg and Avalon, downtown Pittsburgh, Harrison Twp., Lawrenceville and South Fayette Twp.
Each of these stations measure one or more pollutants, including sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, small particles of soot known as PM10 and PM2.5, and other toxins.
The county’s report to the EPA will provide the specific location of each monitoring station, siting criteria, monitoring methods and objectives, frequency of sampling, pollutants measured at each station and aerial photographs showing their physical location.
Anyone who would like their comments included in the report should include their full first and last name, and a mailing address, and send their comments no later than 4:30 p.m. Aug. 9 to Allegheny County Health Department, Attention: David D. Good, Air Quality Program, 301 39th St., Pittsburgh, PA 15201, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Originally published July 12, 2021.