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EPA Wants to Tighten Air Pollution Regs for Steel-Making Facilities - Show Your Support Today

Updated: Oct 9, 2023

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) this summer proposed policy revisions that will impact coke-making operations including those at U.S. Steel’s Clairton Coke Works and Cleveland Cliffs’ coke ovens in Monessen - and is seeking public input from residents like you.

Please join GASP in letting the EPA know that you support tighter regulations for steel-making facilities that will help improve air quality and public health, especially for our most vulnerable neighbors - older folks, children, and those with pre-existing respiratory and cardiovascular issues that make them more susceptible to the impacts of industry-related air pollution.

You can get the skinny on the proposed policy revisions from our senior attorney John Baillie here.

GASP will be submitting formal comments that you can read here.

But we also wanted to make it easy for residents to weigh in. So please fill out our form to share your personal experiences with industrial emissions from local air polluters like U.S. Steel and Cleveland Cliffs and let EPA know you support:

  • Requirements that all coke-making facilities monitor benzene concentrations at four spots along their fencelines that operate continuously and report benzene concentrations that are averaged over two-week-long periods.

  • The proposed reduction for the percentages of leaking coke oven doors, lids, and offtakes that are allowable under the current regulations, with the new limits being dependent upon the facility - the Clairton Coke Works will have stricter limits than all other facilities in the United States, as it should.

  • The establishment of emission limits for six hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) from battery stacks including hydrogen chloride, hydrogen fluoride, hydrogen cyanide, and mercury at by-product recovery coke plants like those in Clairton and Monessen for which no such limits currently exist.

Editor's Note: The public comment period is now closed.

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