Please comment on the smog plan

Your comments on the DEP proposal can be submitted directly to the Environmental Quality Board by June 30, 2014. Read CAB’s comments below.

Online Comments

Comments, including the one page summary, may be submitted to the EQB by accessing the EQB’s Online Public Comment System at:

http://www.ahs.dep.pa.gov/RegComments

Note regarding the online system: If an acknowledgement of comments submitted online is not received by the sender within two business days, the comments should be re-sent to the EQB to ensure receipt.

Written Comments

Written comments and summaries can also be mailed to Environmental Quality Board, P.O. Box 8477, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8477.

All comments must be received by the EQB on or before the close of the public comment period, Monday, June 30, 2014

Testify on May 29 on Pennsylvania proposed smog plan – from Clean Air Council

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Pennsylvania’s Environmental Quality Board needs to hear from you. Even though Pennsylvania’s ozone (smog) problem is chronic, the state is proposing a new rule that will undoubtedly make the smog throughout state even worse.

Sign up to testify a public hearing in Norristown May 28 (other dates and cities are listed below) to tell the PA Environmental Quality Board that its proposed plan is simply not strong enough.

The Pennsylvania Environmental Quality Board (EQB) wants to adopt a system that will allow utilities to average their nitrogen oxide emissions over their entire fleet of power plants. Pennsylvanians’ lungs cannot average emissions. Smog exposure during a single day or even a few hours can do serious damage, especially to vulnerable populations like children and the elderly.

Please tell the EQB, in person, that you want modern pollution controls on all coal-fired power plants.Selective Catalytic Reduction is a safe, available technology that should be required at all power plants. Ninety percent of PA’s power plants already have it, so why doesn’t the state think it’s “reasonably available”?

Mark you calendars! The Environmental Quality Board will hold three public hearings for the purpose of accepting testimony on this proposed rulemaking. The hearings will be held at 1 p.m. on the following dates:

May 29, 2014
Rachel Carson State Office Building
Conference Room 105
400 Market Street
Harrisburg, PA 17105

State of the Air – 2014

The American Lung Association has released its State of the Air report for 2014. To see the full report, go to http://www.stateoftheair.org/  Enter the zip code for your area for fine particulate measurements.  Cumberland Co. does not have an ozone monitor, so you will have to rely on the data from Dauphin Co.

Clarke Forum to host panel on future development in Carlisle

On January 30, Dickinson College’s Clarke Forum will host a panel discussion on the complex array of environmental and economic-development issues surrounding the evolution of the Carlisle area as a major logistics center with the associated construction of mega-warehouses and the concentration of truck traffic.

Thursday, January 30, 2014
Stern Center, Great Room, 7 p.m.

For more information go to:

http://clarke.dickinson.edu/carlisles-future-panel/

Air Quality Action Day has been declared for Susquehanna Valley, PA, on Tuesday, Dec 3

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has declared an Air Quality Action Day for the Susquehanna Valley on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013

Tomorrow’s Forecast
Tuesday, Dec 3: 105 AQI Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups Particle Pollution (2.5 microns)

Extended Forecast
Wednesday, Dec 4: 87 AQI Moderate Particle Pollution (2.5 microns)
Current Conditions: At 2 p.m. EST this Monday afternoon, very light winds, high humidity levels, and warmer air aloft are promoting high levels of fine particulate. In fact, PM2.5 levels are in the code ORANGE range. With continued very light winds near the surface, elevated humidity, and warmer air aloft, poor air quality conditions are likely to continue into the day Tuesday. Rather cloudy and hazy tonight with areas of fog. Low temperatures in the lower to middle 30s. *** Tuesday’s forecast: Winds will continue very light and variable Tuesday, as we will be between an area of low pressure in the western Atlantic and another low out in the Plains. Weak mixing along with a temperature inversion will continue to keep fine particulate levels in the code ORANGE range. With clouds and limited sunshine, afternoon temperatures will not move much beyond the middle to upper 40s. High levels of PM2.5 will also continue Tuesday night with near calm winds.For more info: http://airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=airnow.local_city&cityid=165

Clean Air Board Community Meeting, Nov. 7, 7 pm

Join us for the Clean Air Board community meeting this Thursday, Nov. 7.  We will be talking about the latest scientific findings on air pollution and health, and you are welcome to join the discussion.

The meeting will be held at the Second Presbyterian Church, 528 Garland Drive, Carlisle, at 7 pm.

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