Environmental groups seek pre-trial ruling against U.S. Steel

PennEnvironment and Clean Air Council want a federal judge to find that U.S. Steel violated the Clean Air Act thousands of times after the 2018 Christmas Eve fire at the Clairton Coke Works.
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U.S. Steel right not to report Pittsburgh plant pollutants to feds

A federal appeals court on Monday affirmed a lower court ruling that dismissed a lawsuit by an environmental watchdog alleging U.S. Steel Corp violated the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) when it reported to local, but not federal authorities, that its steel plant near Pittsburgh emitted air pollutants.

Post-Gazette’s Politically Inclined podcast debuts with Bethany Hallam interview

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette spoke with Allegheny County councilperson Bethany Hallam about how she defines "progressive," the Clairton Coke Work's environmental impact and the Democratic presidential primary.


U.S. Steel, the company that built America, faces its age

Last Christmas Eve, a sprinkler pipe at a United States Steel Corp. plant south of Pittsburgh fell from the ceiling in a building at the 120-year-old complex. Within minutes, an area the size of a football field was engulfed in flame.


U.S. Steel fined over $700,000 for emissions at Clairton Coke Works

For the third time in less than a year, the Allegheny County Health Department has fined U.S. Steel for excessive air pollution emissions at its Clairton Coke Works in the Mon Valley.


Air pollution frustration spills out at health board meeting

Clairton resident David Meckel carried his frustration in a glass jar to the Allegheny County Board of Health's meeting Downtown on Wednesday.


Health department orders U.S. Steel to stop pollution at Mon Valley plants

The Allegheny County Health Department has ordered U.S. Steel Corp. to end repeated and ongoing violations of federal sulfur dioxide standards at its three Mon Valley Works plants following a Dec. 24 fire that knocked out pollution controls at the Clairton Coke Works.


Air quality monitor measuring SO2 emissions installed in West Mifflin

A new air quality monitor has been installed in West Mifflin, the Allegheny County Health Department announced Monday.


High level of sulfur dioxide recorded Monday in Braddock area

A sulfur dioxide level in excess of the federal health standard was recorded Monday evening in Braddock, near U.S. Steel's Edgar Thomson Steel Mill, according to the Allegheny County Health Department.


U.S. Steel reports repairs following Clairton plant fire will cost about $40 million

U.S. Steel expects to pay at least $40 million to repair damage caused by a mechanical fire at its coke plant in Clairton that triggered an air quality alert from Allegheny County health officials, the Pittsburgh steelmaker told investors on Wednesday.

Clairton Coke Works Plant belching emissions last year. (Credit: Connor Mulvaney)

Clairton Coke Works fire: What are the health effects of sulfur dioxide exposure?

PITTSBURGH—On January 9, residents of 22 Pittsburgh-area neighborhoods were advised by their county health department to minimize outdoor activity because of high levels of sulfur dioxide pollution in the air.

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Health Dept. warns Mon Valley about air quality in wake of coke plant fire

A Dec. 24 fire at U.S. Steel Corp.'s Clairton Coke Works, which significantly damaged its coke gas feed operations, produced high levels of air pollution and Wednesday led the Allegheny County Health Department to issue an air quality advisory for 22 Mon Valley communities.

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