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Allegheny County Health Department fines US Steel $1.8 million for hydrogen sulfide emissions

The Allegheny County health department has announced a fine of more than $1.8 million against US Steel over emissions of hydrogen sulfide at its Clairton coke plant that officials say have exceeded Pennsylvania’s ambient air quality standards.Officials said the fine, based on data from the Liberty Borough air monitoring station since January 2020, represents the first penalty the department has issued against a single source over hydrogen sulfide emissions. The full study is available online on the Air Quality Reports and Studies page, under the heading of Other Air Quality Studies. The study can be downloaded here. Residents have long complained about such emissions, which have a rotten-egg smell and according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention can irritate the eyes and respiratory system. Residents and environmental groups have urged stricter pollution limits on the plant, which produces fuel used in steel manufacture.Last fall, the company announced the cancellation of a planned $1.5 billion emission control upgrade to its Mon Valley Works and the shutdown of three batteries at the Clairton plant. Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 also reached out to US Steel for a response to the penalty. Read the full statement from US Steel below.” US Steel has received an Enforcement Order from the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) that includes a civil fine for claimed exceedances of the state hydrogen sulfide standard. ACHD bases the fine on data from the Liberty air monitor that collects data from multiple sources, most of which have no relation to US Steel’s operations. Any resolution of the regional H2S issue must consider all sources of H2S that impact the Liberty air monitor. US Steel has attempted to study all impacts and identify all contributing factors of H2S at the Liberty air monitor jointly with ACHD, but those efforts have been unsuccessful. US Steel remains committed to doing its fair share to protect the air quality in the communities in which we live and operate.”Click here to read Allegheny County’s air quality reports and studies.

The Allegheny County health department has announced a fine of more than $1.8 million against US Steel over emissions of hydrogen sulfide at its Clairton coke plant that officials say have exceeded Pennsylvania’s ambient air quality standards.

Officials said the fine, based on data from the Liberty Borough air monitoring station since January 2020, represents the first penalty the department has issued against a single source over hydrogen sulfide emissions. The full study is available online on the Air Quality Reports and Studies page, under the heading of Other Air Quality Studies. The study can be downloaded here.

Residents have long complained about such emissions, which have a rotten-egg smell and according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention can irritate the eyes and respiratory system. Residents and environmental groups have urged stricter pollution limits on the plant, which produces fuel used in steel manufacture.

Last fall, the company announced the cancellation of a planned $1.5 billion emission control upgrade to its Mon Valley Works and the shutdown of three batteries at the Clairton plant.

Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 also reached out to US Steel for a response to the penalty. Read the full statement from US Steel below.

“US Steel has received an Enforcement Order from the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) that includes a civil fine for claimed exceedances of the state hydrogen sulfide standard. ACHD bases the fine on data obtained from the Liberty air monitor that collects data from multiple sources , most of which have no relation to US Steel’s operations. Any resolution of the regional H2S issue must consider all sources of H2S that impact the Liberty air monitor. US Steel has attempted to study all impacts and identify all contributing factors of H2S at the Liberty air monitor jointly with ACHD, but those efforts have been unsuccessful. US Steel remains committed to doing its fair share to protect the air quality in the communities in which we live and operate.”

Click here to read Allegheny County’s air quality reports and studies.

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