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GASP asks judge not to dismiss lawsuit against coke plant operator

| Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, 7:06 p.m.

The Group Against Smog and Pollution, a Garfield-based nonprofit, asked a federal judge not to dismiss a lawsuit it filed against Shenango Inc.

An existing agreement between the Neville Island coke plant and the Allegheny County Health Department does not address emission violations, according to documents filed by GASP on Thursday in U.S. District Court. The agreement does not require Shenango to continue compliance with county health regulations, imposed too small a fine and did not give the public a chance to participate, attorneys wrote. The agreement, reached in April, required DTE Energy, a Michigan-based utility that purchased Shenango in 2008, to pay a $300,000 fine and spend more than $1 million on pollution control upgrades.

Shenango asked the judge to dismiss the lawsuit last month.

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