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Settlement over bad air in Clairton calls for U.S. Steel to cough up $2 million

Steel News - Published on Thu, 12 Dec 2019

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According to a tentative settlement struck with residents in a 2017 class-action lawsuit US Steel will pay residents USD 2 million and invest USD 6.5 million to upgrade equipment at its Clairton Coke Works facility. The proposed settlement was outlined in court documents signed by an Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas judge. Members of the class will be notified by mail that they are eligible to participate and will have 45 days to submit a claim form

U.S. Steel would also be required to make $6.5 million worth of equipment improvements at the Clairton Coke Works intended to reduce air emissions within one year of the settlement’s effective date. This would include the installation of mass air coolers at the pushing emission control baghouses as well as battery machinery and refractory improvements, according to court documents.

The suit alleged that due to US Steel’s negligence, odors and pollution from the Clairton Coke Works interfered with residents’ quality of life and ability to fully enjoy their homes. More than 5,600 households fall within the class area, which extends from 1.8 kilometers to 3.2 kilometers from the facility.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Thu, 12 Dec 2019
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