After years of being fined and legally challenged for air pollution, on December 17, 2015 DTE Energy announced it would close down the Shenango coke plant on Neville Island. That leaves the U.S. Steel coke plant in Clairton as perhaps the major cause of air pollution in Allegheny County. After an extensive study of the history of violations and agreements with the County, on January 28 the environmental group PennFuture filed notice of intent to file suit against U.S. Steel for failure to comply with the federal Clean Air Act. If U.S. Steel and the EPA can settle the issue with PennFuture in 60 days, then the latter will withdraw the notice to sue. Otherwise, the matter can go to Federal court.
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