- Associated Press - Friday, March 25, 2016

CLAIRTON, Pa. (AP) - North America’s largest coke producer has once again agreed to fix longstanding air pollution problems at its plant outside Pittsburgh.

U.S. Steel’s Clairton Coke Works has had a series of agreements with the Allegheny County Health Department dating to at least 2007, but the massive plant continues exceeding limits on air pollution. The company has paid more than $3.9 million in penalties since 2009.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (http://bit.ly/1UhJjhr ) reports the latest agreement allows the plant to continue operating for at least five years while it makes fixes. U.S. Steel also agreed to another $25,000 in penalties.

A Pennsylvania environmental group said in January it planned to sue over clean air violations. PennFuture says it might seek to intervene in U.S. Steel’s latest settlement with the health department.

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Information from: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, http://pghtrib.com

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