The Liberty/Clairton area of Allegheny County consists of the City of Clairton and the boroughs of Glassport, Liberty, Lincoln, and Port Vue.This area has been designated as a separate PM2.5 non-attainment area by EPA. Being in non-attainment means this area is not meeting the federal health-based standards for soot.
Since this entire non-attainment area is within Allegheny County, the Allegheny County Health Department is responsible for developing a State Implementation Plan (SIP), the plan for getting this region into attainment. The Liberty/Clairton area has a unique, local soot problem that requires the development of a highly specific local solution, in addition to regional controls applied throughout the area to control the problem.
Clairton is home to the U.S. Steel Clairton Coke Works, the largest coke-making facility in the United States and a major emitter of particulate matter in the region. Many of our region’s highest short-term PM2.5 readings occur at the Liberty monitor site located roughly two miles from Clairton Coke Works.
Check out Inversion: The Unfinished Business of Pittsburgh’s Air for an up to date timeline on the Christmas Eve fire and aftermath.
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U.S. Steel Fined More Than $10K for Failed Stack Test
PA Court Approves Preliminary $8.5 Million Settlement Between U.S. Steel, Local Residents – $6.5 Million Earmarked for Improvements to Clairton Coke Works
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U.S. Steel Fined for First Quarter Violations of 2019 & Failed Stack Test
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Allegheny County Health Department Responds to ‘State of the Air’ Report
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East Pittsburgh Woman Files Class Action Law Suit Against U.S. Steel Over Emissions from Christmas Eve Fire
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Clairton Residents Urge U.S. Steel to Focus on Cleanup
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