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Judge dismisses group's lawsuit against Neville Island coke plant

| Friday, March 27, 2015, 6:48 p.m.

While a Garfield-based nonprofit may want Allegheny County to impose tougher sanctions on a Neville Island coke plant, the health department's settlement with Shenango Inc. is well within its discretion, a federal judge ruled Thursday.

U.S. District Judge Cathy Bissoon dismissed the Group Against Smog and Pollution's lawsuit against the coke plant.

The group claimed the agreement doesn't require Shenango to comply with the Clean Air Act, imposed too small a fine and did not give the public a chance to participate in the negotiations.

Bissoon ruled that the agreement between the county and DTE Energy, the Michigan-based utility that bought Shenango in 2008, requires a series of capital improvements designed to bring the plant into compliance. The fine was adequate and the county wasn't required to solicit public input on the agreement, she ruled.

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