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U.S. Steel's Edgar Thompson plant accused of excessive emissions

Theresa Clift
| Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, 1:42 p.m.
The sun rises over the Monongahela Valley as smoke slowly rises from U.S. Steel's Edgar Thompson Works in Braddock on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013.
The sun rises over the Monongahela Valley as smoke slowly rises from U.S. Steel's Edgar Thompson Works in Braddock on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013.

The Environmental Protection Agency and Allegheny County Health Department have issued a notice of violation for air pollution at U.S. Steel's Edgar Thompson plant in Braddock in what could mark the start of stricter enforcement at such facilities.

Both agencies said they observed multiple violations of both county and federal rules beginning in February 2016 and continuing into 2017, according to a county news release.

Excessive visible emissions, failure to maintain equipment and failure to certify compliance with the plant's Title V operating permit are among the violations.

“This notice of violation represents a strategic change in ACHD's enforcement efforts by utilizing all of our legal options, which in this case is a joint action with EPA,” Dr. Karen Hacker, health department director, said in the release. “With EPA on board, our enforcement power is exponentially increased.”

The notice begins the process of determining the penalties and equipment improvements that will be required to return the plant to compliance, the release said.

Theresa Clift is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 412-380-5669, or via Twitter @tclift.

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