Environment

U.S. Steel Hit With $700,000 Fine for Clairton Coke Works

Health Department has levied more than $2 million in last year.


The Allegheny County Health Department has fined U.S. Steel $707,568 for continued emissions violations at the Clairton Coke Works facility. This is the third penalty against U.S. Steel since last June, totaling more than $2 million.

The fine follows a December fire at the site. The incident vented harmful levels of sulfur dioxide into the air above Clairton and neighboring communities. In February, the Health Department issued an enforcement order against U.S. Steel. The Health Department says in a release that once the necessary repairs are made, a comprehensive review will determine any additional civil penalties for U.S. Steel.

Since the fire, lawmakers and area residents have voiced their concerns about air quality and safety, and want U.S. Steel held accountable .

In February, Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman visited the Clairton Coke Works to support steelworkers who said they were worried more government regulation 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.

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