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More Air Quality Violations at U.S. Steel’s Clairton Coke Works Lead to $383K Demand for Stipulated Penalties from Allegheny County Health Department

U.S. Steel may be on the hook for $383,450 in stipulated penalties for air quality violations at its Clairton Coke Works.  Some penalties stem from violations observed during inspections of charging, soaking, and pushing activities. 

The Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) issued the demand for stipulated penalties on March 12. The associated violations are from the second, third, and fourth quarters of 2020 (April 1, 2020 – Dec. 31, 2020). 

How did ACHD come up with the penalty amount? The high-profile settlement agreement between the department and U.S. Steel in 2019.

According to the demand, 90 percent of the penalties – $345,105 – will go toward the Community Benefit Trust established as part of the settlement. That trust benefits five Mon Valley communities: Clairton, Glassport, Liberty, Lincoln and Port Vue.

The remaining 10 percent – or $38,345 – will be payable to the Allegheny County Clean Air Fund.

The demand for stipulated penalties details the violations and can be viewed here.

“U.S. Steel was literally just bragging at a public hearing yesterday about what it deemed as its stellar environmental stewardship and record,” GASP Executive Director Rachel Filippini said. “Unfortunately, that spin comes as no surprise – just more gaslighting from the most egregious air polluter in the Mon Valley.”

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