Allegheny County to Seek Bids to Revise Air Pollution Codes
Puko, Timothy, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Allegheny County will seek bids to help rewrite air pollution laws despite continued reluctance from county health officials.
County officials plan to put out a request for proposals within six to eight weeks, Judi McNeil, spokeswoman for Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato, said on Monday. The project will not undermine any of the county's stringent pollution rules, but will give the Health Department the manpower it needs to reorganize the rules into a clearer format, McNeil said.
Most Board of Health members are reluctant to support the project, but they accepted the idea of exploring bids at the suggestion of board member and County Manager Jim Flynn, said Jim Thompson, the department's air program manager. Thompson and Health Department Director Bruce Dixon have said the project may be expensive -- maybe even millions of dollars -- with little benefit to the county.
While the legal rewrite may be unnecessary, the request for proposals could lead to more legal help for the air program, said Paul M. …