PennEnvironment wins settlement from Allegheny River polluter

After nearly a decade in court, one polluter is finally paying the price for dirtying Pennsylvania’s waterways. 

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Mary Katherine Moore
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Author: Mary Katherine Moore

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Started on staff: 2020
B.A., magna cum laude, Boston University

Mary Katherine creates print and digital content with the Creative Team for The Public Interest Network, with a focus on Environment America and its state affiliates. Mary Katherine lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she enjoys reading, running, baking and hiking.

After nearly a decade in court, one polluter is finally paying the price for dirtying Pennsylvania’s waterways. 

On March 29, PennEnvironment and Sierra Club announced the settlement of their federal Clean Water Act and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) citizen suit against PPG Industries, Inc. After decades of polluting at its Ford City waste site near the Allegheny River, PPG will finally be required to have a pollution permit and treat its polluted water for the first time ever. The company will also contribute $250,000 to a Pennsylvania nonprofit water research center.  

"Today's announcement is a huge victory for the Allegheny River and all the people who love this iconic western Pennsylvania river," said PennEnvironment Executive Director David Masur. "As one of the 'Three Rivers' that have become synonymous with Pittsburgh, today's action will help ensure a healthier Allegheny River for our children and future generations to enjoy." 

PennEnvironment will continue working to hold polluters accountable. 

Read more about the lawsuit. 

Learn more about our litigation work to protect our air, water and environment. 

Photo: The Allegheny River in Ford City where, for approximately 20 years, PPG pumped waste from its glass manufacturing plant located across the river through a pipe to the slurry lagoons. Credit: Joseph via Flickr, CC BY NC, SA 2.0

Mary Katherine Moore
Creative Associate

Author: Mary Katherine Moore

Creative Associate

Started on staff: 2020
B.A., magna cum laude, Boston University

Mary Katherine creates print and digital content with the Creative Team for The Public Interest Network, with a focus on Environment America and its state affiliates. Mary Katherine lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she enjoys reading, running, baking and hiking.