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§ 3-101 Legislative Findings. 2 Amended, 1981 Ordinances, p. 88.2

(1) The City Council of the City of Philadelphia finds:

(a) that the atmosphere over the City is polluted to a degree which:

(.1) is harmful and detrimental to the health, welfare and safety of its inhabitants;

(.2) is injurious to property, vegetation and animal life;

(.3) interferes with the comfortable enjoyment of life, property and recreation, and with the conduct and operation of business and industry;

(.4) creates hazardous conditions for air, water and ground traffic;

(.5) causes nuisances; and

(.6) degrades the quality of the air over wide areas;

(b) that the discharge of air contaminants to the atmosphere over the City of Philadelphia is causing the air to be polluted;

(c) that no one has any right to discharge air contaminants into the atmosphere;

(d) that effective control and elimination of air contaminants is essential to the furtherance of the health and welfare of the Citys inhabitants, to the conduct of the normal pursuits of life, recreation, commerce and industrial activity, and to sustaining life in an urban area;

(e) that the emission of toxic air contaminants into the community air increases the risks respecting acute and long-term health effects;

(f) that the presence of toxic substances in a workplace is a potential source of toxic emissions into the community air;

(g) that individuals who live or work in the City have a right to know the generic names of the toxic air contaminants to which they are exposed; and

(h) that individuals who live or work in the City have a right to information concerning the health effects associated with the toxic air contaminants to which they are exposed.

(2) It is the intent and purpose of this Title:

(a) to provide for the effective management of the air resource, to prevent air pollution and air pollution nuisances and to limit control and eliminate air contamination in general from whatever source;

(b) to provide for the establishment of acceptable air quality objectives, to prevent the deterioration of the air quality beyond established goals, to limit, control and prevent emissions of air contaminants into the atmosphere;

(c) to purify and clean the air throughout the City;

(d) to provide individuals who live or work in the City with information about the toxic air contaminants they may be exposed to and the health effects associated with these substances; and

(e) to empower the Air Pollution Control Board to promulgate regulations to effect the above.

(3) It is the further intent of City Council that:

(a) all City of Philadelphia agencies shall cooperate in the implementation of this Title;

(b) wherever permitted by law, the provisions of this Title shall apply to all governmental jurisdictions and their agencies in the operation of facilities located within the City of Philadelphia;

(c) the Department of Public Health of the City of Philadelphia shall cooperate with other governmental jurisdictions in the control and elimination of air pollution; and

(d) contractors and vendors providing services and products to the City shall comply with the requirements of this Title.

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