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Environmental groups prepare to sue US Steel - Report

Steel News - Published on Fri, 15 Feb 2019

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Biz Journal reported that PennEnvironment and the Clean Air Council announced intentions to sue US Steel for Clean Air Act violations at Mon Valley Works, according to a news release. The lawsuit focuses on noncompliance with the federal Clean Air Act at three Pittsburgh region facilities Clairton Coke Works, Irvin Steel Mill and Edgar Thomson Plant. It comes in the wake of a Dec. 24 fire at the Clairton Coke Works facility that caused air pollution levels to rise in the surrounding communities. The lawsuit alleges that the facilities are producing and using coke oven gas without filtering it through the pollution controls required. Since the fire, air pollution levels have risen past federal and state safety levels 13 separate times, said the release.

Mr Ashleigh Deemer, PennEnvironment’s Western Pennsylvania director, said that “For far too long, the Mon Valley Works has put residents’ health at risk. We’re sending a clear message to U.S. Steel and all other polluters: We won’t let you run roughshod over cornerstone environmental laws and put our communities at risk.”

Mon Valley residents called for US Steel to place the Clairton facility in hot idle, where it would remain operational but not produce any coke. US Steel said such action would result in permanent closure of some of the impacted batteries and chose not to.

Mr Meghan Cox, manager of external communications for US Steel said that "We are still reviewing the letter and will respond in the appropriate forum at the appropriate time. US Steel is committed to continuing working in full cooperation with relevant stakeholders, state and local government officials and the Allegheny County Health Department to achieve our common goal of protecting our shared environment and the jobs of thousands of skilled Mon Valley Works employees that manufacturing world-class steel products and have been the pride of the Pittsburgh region for generations."

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Posted By : Ratan Singh on Fri, 15 Feb 2019
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