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Health Department sets Q-and-A session about Neville Island coke plant

| Monday, April 28, 2014, 4:45 p.m.

Officials from the Allegheny County Health Department will answer questions about upgrades planned for the Shenango Inc. coke plant on Neville Island at a meeting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday at the Avalon Borough Building on California Avenue.

Under an agreement reached this month between the county and DTE Energy Services, the Michigan-based company that bought the coke plant in 2008, Shenango will pay a $300,000 fine and spend more than $1 million on upgrades to better control pollution. Emissions from the plant frequently exceeded federal and county air pollution limits since 2012.

Representatives from Shenango will not attend the meeting but plan to keep residents informed of progress through its new community advisory committee, said Randi Berris, a spokeswoman for DTE. The company will also send on update on progress at the plant to the county before Wednesday's meeting.

Shenango temporarily disbanded the advisory panel in December when several members resigned citing frustration in progress to reduce pollution.

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