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US Steel Fined for Air Pollution Violation at Clairton Coke Works

Steel News - Published on Mon, 20 Jan 2020

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The Allegheny County Health Department has announced that US Steel will be issued fines for Article XXI Air Pollution Control violations and permit violations. ACHD has assessed USD 743,625 in stipulated penalties, and 90% will be paid to the Community Benefit Trust for impacted communities, while 10% will be paid to the Clean Air Fund. These figures were calculated following an agreement reached between US Steel and ACHD last summer.

Last year at Clairton Coke Works, a series of fires damaged multiple control rooms, equipment, and desulfurization units, releasing dangerous pollutants, namely sulfur dioxide, into the region's air. This spurred air quality concerns throughout the Mon Valley and Allegheny County.

Pittsburgh has a long and troubled relationship with pollution. Between the city’s famed steel industry and the mining of coal along the banks of the Monongahela River, Pittsburgh’s air was once so polluted it stained the sides of buildings black. The air pollution has improved dramatically since then, but in the wake of fires at the Coke Works plant, many feared the city once dubbed Hell with the lid off was reliving some of those darker days.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Mon, 20 Jan 2020
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