The debate over air quality in the Mon Valley flared this week as the Group Against Smog and Pollution (GASP) called on U.S. Steel to once again improve pollution-creating conditions at Clairton Coke Works.
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.
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.
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.
The company scraps planned Pennsylvania investments and will instead shut down three polluting batteries in 2023. The announcement comes a week after a study shows lower lung function in people living near its Pittsburgh-region facility.