Notes from Community Meeting on McConway and Torley’s Draft Operating Permit

A new draft operating permit has been issued by the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) for McConway and Torley, a steel foundry in Central Lawrenceville. The public comment period began on Thursday, November 2nd, 2017 and ends on Monday, December 4th.

On November 16th, Lawrenceville United and Lawrenceville Corporation hosted a community meeting with ACHD to provide information on the specifics of the draft operating permit. Please see below for meeting notes and the presentations from ACHD and Lawrenceville United:

For a quick 1-page summary of the draft operating permit and the community meeting, please also check out this summary document that LU compiled with key information.

For additional information about the air quality permit and the public process, please see below:

How can the community have a voice in this process? ACHD is currently accepting comments from the public through December 4, 2017 in one of the following ways

  1. Speak at the public hearing on Monday 12/4 at 6 p.m. at Arsenal Middle School (220 40th Street). Must register with Karen Sagel at 412-578-8115 no later than 4 p.m. on Friday, 12/1.
  2. Email to aqpermits@alleghenycounty.us
  3. Mail to 301 39th Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15201

If you want help preparing your testimony/comments, PennEnvironment has offered to be a resource. Contact Zach Barber at 412-521-0943 or zach@pennenvironment.org.

Lawrenceville United also encourages residents to reach out to us with comments or questions at 412-802-7220 or info@LUnited.org.

McConway and Torley Draft Operating Permit

A new draft operating permit has been issued by the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) for McConway and Torley, a steel foundry in Central Lawrenceville. The public comment period begins on Thursday, November 2nd, 2017 and ends on Monday, December 4th. Please join us for an important community meeting with ACHD about this permit on Thursday, November 16th at 6:30 p.m. at Pittsburgh Arsenal 6-8 (220 40th Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15201). For more information about the air quality permit and the public process, please see below:

  • Draft operating permit, technical support document, and test results summary and evaluation
  • Recap from community meeting with ACHD in October 2017 on the air quality permit process
  • A public hearing will be held by ACHD on Monday, December 4th, 6 p.m. at Pittsburgh Arsenal 6-8 (220 40th Street). Testimony can be provided then.
  • ACHD is also accepting written testimony on the draft operating permit now through December 4th by emailing aqpermits@alleghenycounty.us

 

Recap from Health Dept. presentation on the air quality permit process

In advance of Allegheny County Health Department’s upcoming release of the draft operating permit for McConway and Torley, Lawrenceville United and Lawrenceville Corporation hosted a community meeting with ACHD on 10/4/2017 regarding the air quality permit process, what to look for, and how the public can engage.

Please see below for materials from the meeting:

    • Powerpoint from ACHD
    • Full video of the presentation and Q&A:

According to ACHD, the draft operating permit for McConway and Torley will be released at the end of October or at the beginning of November. A minimum 30-day public comment period will ensue, during which community members can provide input on the draft operating permit.

LU and LC will schedule a community meeting with ACHD specific to the McConway and Torley operating draft within that period, and are also working with ACHD around scheduling a public hearing in Lawrenceville.

For any questions, please contact LU at 412-802-7220 or info@LUnited.org.

Why air quality matters:

  • Current levels of pollution still place the City of Pittsburgh in the dirtiest 15% in the country for particulate matter 2.5 (PM 2.5)
  • Pittsburgh is the 8th most polluted city in America for PM 2.5, and the 26th most polluted city for ozone.
  • Air pollution is the 4th highest-ranking risk factor for death globally, and the 10th highest-ranking risk factor in the United States.
  • The health effects of air pollution include increased risks of cardiovascular disease, lung cancer, asthma & respiratory disease, reproductive and developmental outcomes.

Free mini-consultations with architects at “Housing For All” event

Got a home project in mind? Want a personal consultation with an architect or landscape architect? FREE 15-minute mini-consultations with architects from the Design Center are available from 12-2 PM this Saturday 8/12 at the Lawrenceville “Housing For All” Event & Workshop sponsored by Allegheny Valley Bank / Standard Bank. Sign up using the Google Form HERE and bring your photos/drawings/plans with you!

The Lawrenceville “Housing for All” Event & Workshop starts promptly at 12 noon on Saturday 8/12 at the Persad Center (5301 Butler Street, Suite 100) and will last until 4 PM with a full day of presentations, discussions, and resources related to housing for renters, homeowners, and prospective homebuyers. Free lunch, childcare, and LED lighbulb & nightlight giveaways from Duquesne Light. Topics include renters rights, affordable homeownership programs in Lawrenceville, a legal panel, weatherization programs, abating lead in your home, and much more. Please see flyer and schedule below for more information.

 

Update on Morgan’s Barbecue (proposed restaurant at 4501 Butler Street)

Please see below for some updates on plans for Morgan’s Barbecue, a proposed new restaurant at 4501 Butler Street.

  • Their Zoning Board of Adjustments hearing is Thursday, May 11th at 8:50 AM at 200 Ross Street in the 1st floor conference room.
  • For meeting minutes on the most recent community meeting on 5/1/17, please click here.
  • Morgan’s Barbecue’s most recent site plan, which has changed since the community meeting on 5/1/17 in response to comments that were raised there, is available here and below.
  • The revised list of variances/special exceptions they’re seeking from the Zoning Board of Adjustments is available here.
  • LU and LC worked with Morgan’s Barbecue on terms of a community agreement that addresses concerns raised by the community, specifically related to future expansion of the outdoor seating area, outdoor entertainment uses, hours of operation for the outdoor area and garage doors, smoke capture, noise mitigation, security, deliveries, and trash collection. To see the terms of that agreement, please click here.

For any questions or feedback, please contact Lawrenceville United at 412-802-7220.