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Allegheny County's new air quality standards set for release

The Allegheny County Board of Health committee has crafted new air quality standards with the intent of raising guidelines to protect the public's health. The proposed regulations would be used to evaluate the impact of industrial emissions from regional industrial plants, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

The proposal took two years to develop and will be presented to the Health Board on July 11, 2012.

"We need to wait and see how it works in practice, but I think the proposed policy is a good work product," Joe Osborne, legal director for the Group Against Smog and Pollution, told the news source. "The process included people of different perspectives who came in and worked hard to both produce something we could all agree on, and that also protects the health of Allegheny County residents."

There are a number of industrial parks and factories in Allegheny County. The proposed regulations could improve regional air quality. However, homeowners looking for a more immediate solution to air toxins can invest in a home air purifier.

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