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Byline: Timothy McNulty
Aug. 21--Supporters of tougher Allegheny County air pollution standards call their plan a "common sense" approach that penalizes repeat violators.
A so-called "bad actor" provision is at the heart of proposed standards to be introduced Thursday to County Council. It would prevent companies from expanding or building plants if they have violated the terms of their air pollution permits within the preceding 12 months.
Currently, the Allegheny County Health Department can refuse to issue a new air pollution permit based on past violations. But the county also has discretion to grant new permits in such cases.