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Fire Triggers Pollution Concerns at US Steel Coke Plant

Fire Triggers Pollution Concerns at US Steel Coke Plant Photo: WDIO-TV file

MICHAEL RUBINKAM, Associated Press
Updated: June 17, 2019 05:10 PM

CLAIRTON, Pa. (AP) - Health authorities are threatening to shut down U.S. Steel's suburban Pittsburgh coke plant unless it comes into compliance with air emissions standards.

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The Allegheny County Health Department issued an emergency order Monday after a fire at the steel producer's coke works in Clairton knocked out equipment used to remove toxic gases.

Health officials say U.S. Steel must submit a plan within 24 hours and achieve compliance with emissions limits for hydrogen sulfide and sulfur dioxide within 20 days.

The health department says air monitors have not detected elevated sulfur dioxide levels from the early-morning fire. Officials say residents should be aware of the potential for elevated levels of the gas but don't yet need to take precautions.

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