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Pittsburgh, PA: (Mar-17-08) The Allegheny County Health Department brought charges against United States Steel Corporation, a Pittsburgh-based steel maker, alleging that it had air pollution violations at two Pittsburgh plants. The health department filed the suit in order to check emissions at the Clairton Coke Works and the Edgar Thompson Works in Braddock. Investigations revealed that the emissions were due to a malfunction of the plant's 12 coke batteries. Coke is a fuel used in steel production and is made by baking coal in large ovens to remove impurities, a process that has been known to cause air pollution.

Spokespersons on both sides stated that the parties had reached a settlement, in which US Steel has agreed to pay a penalty of $301,800 for past violations. Additionally, the company also agreed to pay penalties of between $500 and $2,000 per day should it miss deadlines for taking corrective actions. In a bid to reduce emissions at Clairton, US Steel will have to do comprehensive repairs and maintenance to 9 of the plant's 12 coke batteries. [WFMJ NEWS: US STEEL, ALLEGHENY CTY. REACH EMISSIONS SETTLEMENT]

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Published on Mar-18-08


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