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U.S. Steel’s Clairton Coke Works is the largest coke-making facility and the United States and the largest polluter in Allegheny County. The community is organizing to ensure this plant meets it health-based air emissions limits.

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CURRENT CLAIRTON CAMPAIGNS

Taking On Industrial Pollution and Greenhouse Gases

Title V of the Clean Air Act requires “major sources” of air pollution to obtain operating permits from the EPA or a state or local agency authorized to issue these permits. In Allegheny County, the Allegheny County Health Department in Allegheny County decides these permits. Join GASP, PennEnvironment, Clean Air Council, Clean Water Action, Environmental Integrity Project and the Breathe Project in the effort to clean the region’s air and reduce greenhouse gases.

PennFuture's Toxic Neighbor Campaign

Emissions from a developing, massive Shell petrochemical plant in Beaver County would contain a toxic mix of pollutants – particulate matter, sulfur dioxide, and volatile organic compounds, such as acrolein, benzene, toluene and naphthalene – that exacerbate symptoms of asthma and cause cancer.Pennsylvania taxpayers will contribute $1.65 billion in taxpayer dollars toward the construction of the plant which will bring in 600 permanent full-time jobs. This equates to a subsidy of $2,670,000 per job.The plant will emit three times the pollution level of Clairton Coke Works.  

Coke Projection in Pennsylvania

Air pollution from the coke oven industry impacts the health of residents of Southwestern Pennsylvania, including Pittsburgh, Allegheny County and beyond. This Clean Air Council PA Coke Ovens website provides information regarding these air pollution impacts from the coke oven industry in general, as well as specific facilities in Southwestern Pennsylvania.

CAC's Southwest Pennsylvania Neighbors for Clean Air

The goal of the Southwest PA Neighbors for Clean Air initiative is to create 100 neighborhood groups of 10 members throughout the region so that residents can learn about and take action on the most pressing environmental issues in Southwest Pennsylvania. In the nine months since the first leader training session, CAC has trained over 80 group leaders, and 20 groups now meet regularly. Contact Dave Smith ([email protected]) to join a group or find out more information.

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BREAKING NEWS

Prioritize jobs, air quality

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
LTE By Mandy Hooks
Jul, 08, 2019

Health Dept. opens U.S. Steel’s $2.7 million settlement for public hearing

NEXTpittsburgh
By Bill O'Toole
Jul, 08, 2019

CLEAN AIR — HEALTHY PEOPLE