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What you need to know about air quality improvements in Allegheny County

We have the details about which air quality standards Allegheny County now meets, how these gains were made, and if they will last.
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Justice

Mobile sources of pollution significant in Mon Valley, study says

U.S. Steel says soot pollution levels declined significantly when traffic declined during pandemic stay-at-home orders in March.
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Toxics

Allegheny County is drafting a rule that would require U.S. Steel to take action during high-pollution days

Allegheny County's Air Pollution Control Advisory Committee is considering the draft of a rule that would require industrial polluters like U.S. Steel to reduce emissions when a temperature inversion traps in pollution that exceeds EPA standards.

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Pittsburgh

Big bang at steel mill blamed on heavy snow

What sounded like an explosion rumbled through neighborhoods near the U.S. Steel Corp.'s Edgar Thomson mill in Braddock Friday morning.

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Energy

DEP deals blow to fracking plan at U.S. Steel mill near Pittsburgh

The agency says it will suspend reviewing environmental permits for the controversial well after it lost its local zoning permit.
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Toxics

Clairton Coke Works holding emergency test Tuesday

U.S. Steel Corp, schedules annual emergency systems test at its Clairton Coke Works for five hours on Tuesday.
Justice

Allegheny County residents demand stronger pollution regs for U.S. Steel plant

An air inversion in early November caused a string of bad air days near the Clairton Coke Works. Residents are sick of it.
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After 7 days of exceedances, Mon Valley's air pollution still a big problem

High air pollution levels during recent inversions spark calls for more emissions controls at U.S. Steel’s coke works in Clairton.
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What some Pennsylvania voters had to say about the environment

On election day, our team of reporters visited polling places in Pennsylvania to talk with voters about how they voted, and if environmental issues were top of mind. 
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Justice

Allegheny County Board of Health votes to open comment period on proposed coke oven rules

The Allegheny County Board of Health will take public comment on more stringent rules proposed for coke oven gas emissions at U.S. Steel Corp.'s Clairton Coke Works.

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Toxics

U.S. Steel's $1.5 billion investment in Mon Valley Works in question?

U.S. Steel Corp. CEO David Burritt delivered some surprising comments Friday about the Pittsburgh-based steelmaker's plans to spend some $1.5 billion upgrading its Mon Valley Works.

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Justice

Meet the 11 people who help set air quality rules for Allegheny County

The Air Pollution Control Advisory Committee, appointed by the county executive, is the starting point for all local air quality rules in Allegheny County, including those setting emissions standards, reporting requirements and enforcement.
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Toxics

The trough is behind U.S. Steel, CEO David Burritt says

Pittsburgh-based steelmaker U.S. Steel Corp. told investors that things are beginning to look up after a quarter that saw multiple facilities shut down and profits plunge as a result of the pandemic and deteriorating state of the oil and gas industry.

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Justice

Environmental groups win new coke oven regulation

The EPA admitted in federal court that it hadn’t set or updated some standards for coke ovens.
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Pittsburgh

PennFuture lawsuit says EPA must update federal regulations for coke ovens

A coalition of environmental groups has prevailed in a federal lawsuit asserting that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency failed to regulate pollution from coke ovens around the country, including the Clairton Coke Works.

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Fractured: Buffered from fracking but still battling pollution

A statewide network of fracking and conventional wells, pipelines, and petrochemical plants closes in on communities.

Fractured: Distrustful of frackers, abandoned by regulators

"I was a total cheerleader for this industry at the beginning. Now I just want to make sure no one else makes the same mistake I did. It has ruined my life."

Fractured: The stress of being surrounded

Jane Worthington moved her grandkids to protect them from oil and gas wells—but it didn't work. In US fracking communities, the industry's pervasiveness causes social strain and mental health problems.

Fractured: Harmful chemicals and unknowns haunt Pennsylvanians surrounded by fracking

We tested families in fracking country for harmful chemicals and revealed unexplained exposures, sick children, and a family's "dream life" upended.

Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking

EHN.org scientific investigation finds western Pennsylvania families near fracking are exposed to harmful chemicals, and regulations fail to protect communities' mental, physical, and social health.

LISTEN: Kristina Marusic discusses the "Fractured" investigation

"Once they had the results of our study [families] felt like they had proof that these chemicals are in their air, their water, and making their way into their bodies."

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