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The Group Against Smog and Pollution (GASP) was founded as a non-profit citizens' group in 1969 by a group of forty-three volunteers in southwestern Pennsylvania working for a "healthy, sustainable environment." Since the group’s founding, members have served on national, state, regional and local environmental advisory committees and have testified at over 500 hearings, meetings on regulatory, legislative issues involving air, water, noise, land use, pesticide control, and waste disposal and management. According to its mission statement, GASP "will act to obtain for the residents of western Pennsylvania clean air, water, and land in order to create the healthy, sustainable environment and quality of life to which we are all entitled." Pelkofer was one of the founding members of GASP and served as an officer and active member in the group. She resigned from the Board of Directors in 1988, but remained involved in the organization afterwards.
This series contains correspondence, legal materials, diagrams, schematic plans and study data for various projects and operations relating to GASP. Press releases and newsletters related to GASP activities are included as well. GASP was involved with the whole spectrum of environmental issues ranging from waste disposal to air quality, and the records in this series reflect GASP activities in response to specific events such as changes in environmental laws and the location or opening of environmentally damaging facilities in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.