“A new health-based penalty formula for calculating and assessing civil fines in air pollution cases was announced Wednesday at a meeting of the Allegheny County Health Board.
“Jim Kelley, the health department’s deputy director, said the new penalty policy places more emphasis on the public health impacts of pollution, including the toxicity of emissions, their duration and whether they occur in places where air quality is already degraded or that are environmentally sensitive. . .
“The policy also allows the health department increased latitude to include ‘supplemental environmental projects’ as part of the penalty assessment. Such projects, which could include construction of parks in polluted areas, energy audits of public buildings or installation of new air conditioning units in schools in those areas, would be stipulated in the penalty amount and paid for by the polluting industry.”