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Series V. Air Pollution, Water Quality, and Energy, 1973-1998

Scope and Content Notes:

To meet the demand of federal air and water quality standards, the DEP set standards and developed agencies to monitor the compliance of the state of Pennsylvania with these laws. Through the DEP, the Allegheny County Health Department's Air Pollution Control division was formed, although it is more commonly known as the Bureau of Air Pollution Control (BAPC), or the Bureau of Air Quality. This agency, along with the Group Against Smog and Pollution (GASP) and the Allegheny County Air Pollution Committee (ACAPC) were major contributors to the research, testing and legislation of air quality standards.

The DEP focused on water quality issues through the Water Resource Advisory Committee, particular emphasis on the water quality of the Ohio River Valley. Among other issues, wetlands and watershed protection are covered in the documents. Many records of the Ohio River Valley Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO), such as water quality reports and meeting minutes, are included in this series.

The records on energy encompass a range of materials related to the production of various forms of energy. Primarily, these materials deal with coal and nuclear industries; however, a number of surveys of the energy crisis relate to solar and other alternative energy sources. Additionally, several power plant sitting reports are included, as are studies and reports produced at the state government level relating to energy conservation.

Much of the material may have come from Rockwood’s research for numerous environmental committees. The records date from 1973 to 1998.

Box 23-28 Air pollution, Water Quality, and Energy, 1973-2000