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Lt. Gov. Fetterman Visits Clairton Coke Works, Supports Steel Workers

PA Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman visited the Clairton Coke Works on Friday to show his support for steelworkers who are worried more government regulation after a fire in December could cost jobs.


PA Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman visited the Clairton Coke Works on Friday to show his support for steelworkers who are worried more government regulation after a fire in December could cost jobs. Fetterman also got an update on repairs from the fire, which pumped sulfur dioxide into the air, raising pollution levels in nearby neighborhoods.

The accident triggered an uproar from the community, with residents claiming they weren't properly notified of the poor air quality. The Allegheny County Health Department reports levels are now back below dangerous thresholds.

"This was an enormous fire, gigantic, and the rebuilding process is going to take a while when you consider the enormity." Lt. Gov. John Fetterman

Fetterman, who served as mayor of neighboring Braddock before being elected lieutenant governor last November pointed out his family has been forced to deal with the effects of the fire, much the same way others have. "There is no family in Allegheny County who lives closer with children, my own all under the age of ten, to a U.S. Steel facility than myself," Fetterman told the crowd while steel workers stood behind him.

U.S. Steel plans to have repairs finished by May. The plant continues to operate.

(Credit featured image to GASP.Pgh.org)

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