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PennEnvironment report highlights Clean Air Act enforcement challenges in Pittsburgh

A new study by PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center and Frontier Group documents how decades of poor enforcement of air quality rules by the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) enabled industrial facilities to pollute the region’s air. The report, entitled Cutting Through the Smoke, found that ACHD has enabled pollution through slow permitting and weak enforcement. The report, coming on the heels of the departure of ACHD’s Director, makes recommendations for how the new Director can improve enforcement techniques and in turn better protect residents from dangerous air pollution.

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PennEnvironment delivers 6,000 clean air petition signatures to Allegheny County

PennEnvironment members and activists delivered a clean air petition with 6,000 signatures to Allegheny County Council. The petition called on County Council to work with the Health Department to rein in dangerous emissions from major air polluters by setting health-based emissions limits, closing the backlog of expired and un-issued permits and enforcing strict penalties for companies that break the law. 

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BREAKING: Environmental response to U.S. Steel plant running without critical pollution controls AGAIN

In response to the announcement that U.S.Steel's Clariton Coke Works is again operating without critical pollution controls, PennEnvironment issued the following statement: 

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PRESS STATEMENT ON ACHD ENFORCEMENT ACTION AGAINST U.S. STEEL’S CLAIRTON, IRVIN AND EDGAR THOMPSON PLANTS

Two weeks after announcing their intent to sue U.S. Steel’s Clairton, Irvin, and Edgar Thompson plants for violating the federal Clean Air Act, PennEnvironment and Clean Air Council today released the following statement in response to the announcement by the Allegheny County Health Department that it has issued an administrative enforcement order regarding U.S. Steel’s ongoing failure to operate its desulfurization plant  following a December 24 fire at the Clairton Coke Works.

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PennEnvironment, Clean Air Council will sue U.S. Steel for Clean Air Act Violations at Mon Valley Works

PITTSBURGH -- PennEnvironment and Clean Air Council announced today they plan to sue U.S. Steel Corporation over continuing noncompliance with the federal Clean Air Act. The legal action focuses on the company’s Pittsburgh-area facilities -- Clairton Coke Works, Irvin Steel Mill and Edgar Thomson Plant. They are part of U.S. Steel’s Mon Valley Works integrated steel making operation.

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Clairton Residents Speak Out Against U.S. Steel’s Failed Response on Clairton Coke Works Pollution

Residents from eight communities surrounding the Clairton Coke Works and environmental advocates will gather to share the concerns of the community regarding the Christmas Eve 2018 explosion and fire at U.S. Steel’s Clairton Coke Works. The event destroyed the plant’s ability to remove oils and sulfur emissions from the still-operating coke ovens, creating serious ongoing public health concerns.

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Residents Urge U.S. Steel to Focus on Cleanup

Pittsburgh, PA – Residents in the Mon Valley and Pittsburgh urged U.S. Steel to stop appealing fines for air pollution violations and focus on fixing the long violating Clairton Coke Works.  The Allegheny County Health Department held a hearing today on U.S. Steel’s appeal of ACHD’s $1,000,000 fine for hundreds of recent violations at the Clairton Coke Works.

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Trump administration is driving to endanger our planet

[Pittsburgh, PA] -- This Wednesday (Sept. 26), the Trump administration is holding one of only three public hearings nationwide in Pittsburgh on proposed rollbacks of both federal fuel efficiency standards for cars and trucks, and stripping the power of Pennsylvania and other states to set stronger safeguards to protect public health from air pollution from vehicles. PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center will join dozens of everyday Pittsburghers and Pennsylvanians to voice opposition to this shortsighted attempts to weaken the nation’s best climate change mitigation program.

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Rally to Clean Up Pittsburgh’s Air

Pittsburgh, PA--Today over 50 citizens, community leaders, and environmental experts gathered at the Allegheny County Courthouse Courtyard for PennEnvironment’s inaugural “Fridays with Fitzgerald” Rally for Clean Air. Citizens called on the County Executive to take serious measures to clean up our air, including more timely permitting of industrial facilities, better enforcement of the Clean Air Act, and limiting use of the Clean Air Fund to projects that benefit the air.

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Trouble in the Air

People across America regularly breathe unhealthy air that increases their risk of premature death, asthma attacks and other adverse health impacts.

In 2016, 73 million Americans experienced more than 100 days of degraded air quality with the potential to harm human health. That is equal to more than three months of the year in which smog and/or particulate pollution was above the level that the EPA has determined presents “little to no risk.” Millions more people in urban and rural areas experienced less frequent but still damaging levels of air pollution.

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