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URA to Adopt Environmentally Friendly Clean Construction Guidelines

The board of the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh is set Thursday to adopt the City’s “Clean Construction” guidelines. The guidelines require all city government construction projects costing $2.5 million or more to use diesel emission control strategies on construction vehicles, including the use of ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel. The guidelines require the use of the best available control technology, such as…

UPDATE: Court Overrules County’s Preliminary Objections in Clean Air Fund Lawsuit

Common Pleas Judge Christine Ward on March 29 overruled preliminary objections filed by Allegheny County in a lawsuit filed by Group Against Smog and Pollution (GASP) and Clean Air Council questioning the funding sources for a proposed renovation project at the county health department’s (ACHD) Clack Campus. In seeking to have portions of—and parties to—the case dismissed, the county put…

Erie Council Unanimously Passes Resolution Demanding Erie Coke Works Compliance

Erie Council on Wednesday unanimously approved a resolution taking a formal position on what it called “toxic pollution emerging from the Erie Coke Plant.” Here’s a great summary of the associated meeting from GoErie.com: “Janice Etchison wanted to make one thing clear to Erie City Council members as she stepped to the microphone.   The concerns that she and others…

HECA, GASP Teaming Up for April 16 Community Meeting Regarding Ongoing Erie Coke Violations

Editor’s Note: The following is from a press release issued April 4 by our friends at Hold Erie Coke Accountable.  Hold Erie Coke Accountable (HECA) is partnering with the Group Against Smog and Pollution (GASP) to update the public on Erie Coke’s ongoing violations and the high stakes impact for Erie’s quality of life and prosperity. The event, “Erie Coke…

DEP Issues Administrative Order Against Erie Coke Following Wastewater Release

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) on April 1 issued an administrative order to Erie Coke Works following a spill at its facility. According to the order, an initial 300-gallon spill occurred on March 18 because of a hole developing in a storage tank.  The hole was repaired the next day but a second spill on March 31 from the…

U.S. Steel Fined Over $700,000 for Violations in Third, Fourth Quarters of 2018

The Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) on April 1 announced via a press release that it had levied a fine of $707,568 against U.S. Steel for the third and fourth quarters of 2018 because of continued emissions problems at the Clairton Coke Works facility. This marks the third civil penalty levied against U.S. Steel since June of 2018, totaling more…

PennFuture Launches Campaign Engaging Residents to Tell U.S. Steel How to Make Clairton Coke Works a Better, Cleaner Neighbor

Editor’s Note: We wanted to make sure everyone saw this new campaign from our friends at PennFuture. The below blog was taken from a press release the group put out earlier this week. PennFuture this week launched its Toxic Neighbor campaign to engage citizens in telling U.S. Steel three ways to improve Clairton Coke Works: Retire Clairton Coke Works’ oldest,…