Has U.S. Steel kept promises made in agreement with Health Dept.?

A lot has happened since the Allegheny County Health Department finalized a settlement agreement with U.S. Steel over ongoing emissions issues at its Mon Valley Works this past summer.

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U.S. Steel to idle blast furnace in Mon Valley; posts another loss for the first quarter

U.S. Steel Corp. late Thursday announced a string of closings and layoffs to preserve cash as the struggling Pittsburgh-based steelmaker confronts lower prices and falling demand for its products amid the global pandemic.

Plum oil and gas waste well has a permit but no plans to open soon

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Shell applies for waiver to resume work, groups respond

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U.S. Steel to delay construction on Mon Valley Works complex

U.S. Steel is delaying construction for its $1 billion project at the Mon Valley Works, part of an effort to secure the Pittsburgh steelmaker's long-term future as COVID-19 disrupts oil and gas markets around the world.

Pro-fracking group is 'wildly inflating' job numbers, environmental campaigners claim

A leading oil and natural gas trade group has "wildly inflated" the number of American jobs in fracking, in part by including gas station and convenience store workers in their counts, according to a new study.

AISI urges 'essential' designation for US steel mills in coronavirus response

Pittsburgh — The American Iron and Steel Institute urged the Trump administration Wednesday to identify the steel manufacturing sector and its workers as "essential" in directives responding to the coronavirus pandemic.

Shell to temporarily suspend construction at ethane cracker plant after days of pressure amid COVID-19

Shell Chemical Appalachia announced Wednesday that it will suspend construction on its sprawling petrochemical project in Potter, Beaver County, which has come under fire in recent days for not shutting down with as many as 8,000 workers at the site.

Live Blog: Coronavirus Preparation In Pittsburgh

There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Pittsburgh area yet, but local governments, health departments, hospital systems, schools and other institutions are actively preparing for its arrival.

Pa. proposes to relax non-residential lead cleanup standards

The board will hold three public hearings, at 6 p.m. March 12 in Harrisburg; March 18 in Pittsburgh; and March 25 in Warminster.


New Allegheny County Health Department director hears air quality concerns

Dr. Debra Bogen, the new director of the Allegheny County Health Department, is already hearing concerns from the community, such as air quality in the Pittsburgh area.

The complicated history of the Kinzua Dam and how it changed life for the seneca people

The Kinzua Dam, which protects Pittsburgh from flooding and pollution, took thousands of acres of the Seneca's territory and destroyed nine communities. We look at the past and future of the Seneca Nation.

Beyond fracking: Oil-and-gas industry's toxic waste is radioactive

Oil-and-gas wells produce nearly a trillion gallons of toxic waste a year. An investigation shows how it could be making workers sick and contaminating communities across America.


LISTEN: EHN's Pittsburgh reporter discusses air pollution from U.S. Steel's Clairton Coke Works

PITTSBURGH—EHN's Pittsburgh reporter Kristina Marusic joined Allegheny Front's Kara Holsopple to talk about U.S. Steel's Clairton Coke Works, one of the biggest emitters of air pollution in Pennsylvania.

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Allegheny County Health Department fines Natrona slag processor $100k for dust emissions

The Allegheny County Health Department has fined the Harsco Corp. more than $100,000 for emissions violations related to its slag operation site in Harrison.

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