• Please join us for the CAB Community Meeting, usually held on the first Thursday of every month at 7:00PM. Please check Posts for speaker information, time, and location.

    Community meetings are generally held at Second Presbyterian Church, 528 Garland Drive, Carlisle, PA

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Clean Air Board Community Meeting, June 2, 2011, 7 pm

“Reducing Diesel Particulate Emissions from Construction Projects”

CAB will look at successful projects which reduced particulate emissions from diesel engines at construction sites.

The presentation will be held at the Second Presbyterian Church, 528 Garland Drive, Carlisle, PA 17013, on June 2, at 7 pm.   Join us for a discussion of this important topic.

Mercury pollution concern grows in Pennsylvania

Op-Ed by Tami Davis Biddle

Pennsylvanians face a continuing risk from mercury pollution. The Keystone and Conemaugh coal- fired power plants, both in Pennsylvania, are the second- and fourth-highest mercury emitters in the nation. In addition, Pennsylvanians feel the effects of other mercury polluters in neighboring states, including Ohio and West Virginia.

More than one-third of all the mercury pollution from power plants in the U.S. comes from plants in Texas, Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. All this puts our state residents at risk of exposure to mercury, a substance that the American Medical Association has called “a global pollutant, a major contaminant in the marine food supply, a serious neurotoxin, particularly in the developing fetus and possibly a promoter of cardiovascular disease.”

Read more at PennLive.com: http://www.pennlive.com/editorials/index.ssf/2011/03/mercury_pollution_concern_grow.html

Clean Air Board honored by Cumberland Valley Trout Unlimited

CAB was honored Saturday by the Cumberland Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited.

CVTU held its annual Limestoner Conservation Banquet at Carlisle Barracks.

The coldwater conservation organization presented CAB  with its 2011 Limestoner Award, an honor recognizing the board’s “dedication and outstanding contributions toward the promotion of improving air quality to protect health and quality of life by reducing particulate matter fallout in our natural watershed and our precious cold water resources.”

For more information, go to the Carlisle Sentinel: http://www.cumberlink.com/news/local/article_41c80f54-5150-11e0-a2e2-001cc4c03286.html


Dickinson College, Clean Air Board honor duo for research: Sentinel News

Dickinson College, Clean Air Board Honor Duo for Research

March 6, 2008: Sentinel News

By Staff Reports


The Dickinson College department of Physics & Astronomy and the Clean Air Board of Central Pennsylvania presented awards to Howard Long, physics professor emeritus, and John Steigleman, retired department technician, for their pioneering air quality research from 1973-1980.

Long and Steigleman received 2008 Clean Air Board Bold Innovators for the Environment (CABBIE) awards for their work in monitoring airborne pollutants in the Carlisle region.

Interview with Reverend Jennifer McKenna: October 2007

Interview with Reverend Jennifer McKenna

Conducted by Ellen Simon

October 2007


Jennifer McKenna, a reverend at the Second Presbyterian Church in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, organized the Clean Air Board in 2005. Motivated by medical consensus regarding the effects of Carlisle’s poor air quality, Rev. McKenna and members of the Clean Air Board have made significant accomplishments in lobbying for legislation of the air quality in Carlisle. In my interview with Rev. McKenna, we discuss the origins, projects and goals of the Clean Air Board. Truly a community effort, Rev. McKenna describes the Clean Air Board’s coalition with doctors, lawyers, professors and, most interestingly, the truck industry.

Study: Pollution is bad for your heart: Sentinel News

May 28, 2010: Sentinel News

Study: Pollution is bad for your heart

by Greg Gross


Members of the Clean Air Board of Central Pennsylvania weren’t surprised by a recent study conducted in the area by Penn State researchers.

Penn State College of Medicine researchers found that exposure to high levels of PM2.5 increases stress on the heart’s regulation capacity well after the pollutants had been inhaled.

“It’s certainly a concern,” Duane Fickeisen, treasurer of the CAB.

But, he added, the findings were what he expected.

Stress on the heart from exposure to high levels of PM2.5 may contribute to cardiovascular disease, said Duanping Liao, professor of public health sciences at Penn State, in a news release from the school.

In June, Liao will present his findings during a CAB meeting, said Thomas Au, president of the Carlisle-based group.

Liao’s team of researchers studied 106 people from central Pennsylvania, mostly in the Harrisburg metropolitan area. Nonsmokers over the age of 45 without severe cardiac problems wore air-quality and heart-rate monitors for 24 hours. The devices recorded data in one-minute intervals, the news release says.

Harrisburg region gets another bad grade for air quality: Patriot News

April 28, 2010: Patriot News

Harrisburg region gets another bad grade for air quality

by David Wenner

The Harrisburg region has received another poor grade regarding air quality. The Harrisburg-Carlisle-Lebanon region ranks as the 22nd worst in the nation for short-term particle pollution in the American Lung Association’s annual “State of the Air” report.

Although the area’s air improved slightly, its ranking was slightly worse than in the previous report, when it ranked 24th worst. Particle pollution, known as soot, involves microscopic particles from sources such as cars and trucks, coal-fired power plants, construction sites and tilled fields. It can cause lung irritation for normal people and severe problems for people with lung conditions such as asthma, emphysema, bronchitis and heart disease.

The region has long registered high levels of both particle and ozone pollution, causing groups such as the Clean Air Board of Central Pennsylvania to wage an ongoing push for policies aimed at reducing the problem. Much of the problem is attributed to its concentration of trucking and the presence of Interstate 81 and several other high-volume highways. There’s also the coal-fired power plant on Brunner Island near York Haven.

“I think there has been slight improvement over the years,” said Tom Au, president of the Clean Air Board. He noted a law that prevents truckers from idling their rigs during rest periods will take affect next month, impacting a major source of local air pollution.

You can search local air quality grades by zip code, and send messages to federal elected officials, at www.lungusa.org. Information about the “State of the Air” report can be found at www.stateoftheair.org.