Installation Permits, or Plan Approvals are a type of air permit or general permit that are submitted and approved when a person or company wants to begin construction, installation or modification of a facility and covers all sources of air pollution, process equipment and air cleaning devices. Plan Approvals are obtained prior to receiving an […]

Operating Permits are a type of air permit submitted and approved when new industries or businesses are operating in the city with regard to the facility’s air emissions. The type of operating permit differs based on the type of facility it is being submitted for and the amount of emissions the facility will create. For […]


Notices of Water Obstructions and Encroachments are submitted and approved when industries or businesses are doing construction that could possibly cause water to be exposed to pollutants. According to the DEP Waterways and Wetlands Engineering site, “the Water Obstructions and Encroachments Section of the Division of Wetlands, Encroachments and Training develops and coordinates regulation, policy, […]

Since 2015, the Philadelphia Health & Environmental Ethnography Lab has collected and recorded state remediation notices throughout the Philadelphia area. These notices have been collected from the Pennsylvania Bulletin, which is a weekly regulatory publication. Between January 2015 and May 2019, there were 518 environmental notices for the Philadelphia area, including notices of new air […]

        The work on how notices from the PA Bulletin relate to school sites is a subset of the Indexing Late Industrialism project. The PA Bulletin is Pennsylvania’s publication for information and regulations, including state and local court rules, the Governor’s Proclamations and Executive Orders; Actions by the General Assembly, and more. […]