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ER visits plummet after Shenango Coke Works on Neville Island closed

Over three years, emergency room visits dropped by 61 percent compared with past years.

By Reid Frazier

U.S. Steel fined more than $4.5 million for air pollution in Clairton

The fine came just weeks after the health department fined U.S. Steel nearly 2 million dollars for gas leaks at the Clairton Coke Works.

By Julia Zenkevich/WESA

US Steel fined $1.8 million for ‘rotten egg’-gas pollution near Pittsburgh

An Allegheny County study pinned hydrogen sulfide levels on the Clairton plant. The company disputes the findings.

By Reid Frazier

US Steel appealing nearly $900K air pollution fines

Clairton coke works is the county’s largest single emitter of particle pollution.

By Reid Frazier

In federal court, plaintiffs say US Steel fire, pollution control outage was a ‘complete failure’ 

The plaintiffs are asking a judge to find the company guilty of committing over 12,000 violations of the Clean Air Act, and to order US Steel to ensure the plant will never again go without air pollution controls.

By Reid Frazier

Hearing officer blocks Allegheny County’s new coke oven regulations for US Steel

A clean-air group criticized the county for limiting its own ability to regulate the company.

By Reid Frazier

Corroded equipment led to catastrophic 2018 fire at U.S. Steel plant, court documents reveal

A report by U.S. Steel investigators found that multiple equipment failures made the fire bigger and more destructive.

By Reid Frazier

Southwestern Pa. network takes on ‘unnecessary’ environmental risks for cancer

The network of physicians, researchers, activists and cancer survivors says research shows rates for six types of cancer that have strong links to toxic chemicals are elevated in seven Southwestern Pennsylvania counties compared with national rates.

By Julie Grant/The Allegheny Front

New study links increase in asthma hospital visits to 2018 fire at U.S. Steel’s Clairton plant

The Christmas Eve fire destroyed the pollution controls at the Clairton Coke Works, knocking them offline for three months.

By Kiley Koscinski/WESA