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Historic Clean Air Act lawsuit victory announced

Today the statewide citizen-based environmental group PennEnvironment announced that it has garnered what is believed to be the largest citizen suit penalty of its kind in Pennsylvania history. The federal Clean Air Act lawsuit was filed in 2015 against the world’s largest steel company, ArcelorMittal, and alleged hundreds of air pollution violations at the company’s Monessen, PA coke plant (a facility that processes coal).

The settlement terms include:

  • A $1.5 million civil penalty, which will be allocated to US EPA and PA-DEP, and an additional payment of $300,000 to start a local clean vehicles project administered by The Community Foundation of Westmoreland County;
  • Enhanced monitoring of emissions;
  • Enhanced controls of dust emissions, odor investigations, and responses to citizen complaints;
  • Other environmental, operational, and plant upgrades & investigations.

Watch the video to hear from residents.

Read the press release from PennEnvironment.

Article from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Steelmaker ArcelorMittal to pay $1.5 million penalty for pollution violations

Article from the Tribune-Review:
ArcelorMittal agrees to $1.8M settlement over pollution at Monessen plant