GASP’s resident smoke reader and longtime project manager Sue Seppi snapped into action, reviewing Breathe Cam footage of the facility, noting that thick black smoke and flames were visible around 10:15 a.m. that Thursday, Aug. 19. Then on Saturday and Tuesday, the Mon Valley experienced two more exceedances of Pennsylvania’s 24-hour standard of 0.005 ppm for hydrogen sulfide (AKA H2S, also known by its pungent rotten-egg odor). That makes 35 such exceedance at the Liberty mo
A reddish-brown plume of smoke that streamed out of U.S. Steel’s Edgar Thomson plant in June 2020 prompted air quality complaints and outcry from residents and environmental groups alike. The incident did not, however, spur a notice of violation or other enforcement action from the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD). Or at least any that has been made public. Let us explain. While ACHD did issue an NOV to U.S. Steel regarding exceedances of emissions limits at the plan
Allegheny County Health Department is now seeking public comment on several air quality permits. Two notices were published in late January with comments being accepted for the first batch of permits through Feb. 22. Another set of air quality permits will be out for public comment through March 15. Of particular interest are permits for U.S. Steel’s Mon Valley Works facilities. The installation permit for the proposed Co-Generation Plant at the Clairton Coke Works is among t
The Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) on Aug. 11 issued a demand for stipulated penalties in the amount of $6,000 to ATI Flat Rolled Products and Harsco Corp. following residents’ complaints about dust on their cars that emanated from the nearby Natrona-based slag processing operations. The demand indicated that Brackenridge-based ATI (a specialty steel manufacturer) and Harsco (which processes slag from ATI) violated the county’s Air Pollution Control regulations fou
The Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) on June 8 filed an enforcement order against Pittsburgh Cremation Services for failing to submit an application to renew its minor source operating permit. Minor source operating permits are valid for five years. Pittsburgh Cremation Services permit expired more than two years ago – May 30, 2018. The enforcement order also indicates that the company failed to submit required semi-annual reports. ACHD noted in the enforcement order
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A reddish-brown plume emanating from U.S. Steel’s Edgar Thomson Plant Wednesday evening prompted questions and complaints from nearby residents and clean air groups. Video on the Breathe Project’s Breathe Cam captured video of the emissions, which spewed from one of the plant’s stacks around 6:43 p.m. June 17. GASP was among those who reported the incident to the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) and reached out to U.S. Steel via social media to ask what had happened.