ShareThis Page

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.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.