Davis praises agreement reached by U.S. Steel, Allegheny County Health Department

HARRISBURG, June 28 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, on Friday released a statement in reaction to the draft settlement reached by U.S. Steel and the Allegheny County Health Department, which will address U.S. Steel’s violations and penalties at the Clairton Coke Works site in 2018-19:

“This, hopefully, is a look into the future,” Davis said. “U.S. Steel has been more than aware of the steps that must be taken in order to bring the Clairton Coke Works into compliance with Clean Air standards, and I am glad that it has finally taken responsibility and will begin to remediate these problems.

“By dedicating resources to specifically improve its battery operations at the Clairton Coke Works, U.S. Steel will drastically reduce its fugitive and stack emissions, which has been a major area of concern.

“I applaud the decision of the Health Department and U.S Steel to put 90% of the $2.7 million in fines into a community benefit trust fund for impacted communities, as well as create a community advisory council. These funds will go a long way in improving the quality of life for residents, as well as giving them a voice in the process.

“I’ve long said we can have good jobs and clean air! It’s my hope that U.S. Steel remains committed to smart, safe and effective business practices that will maintain jobs and improve our environment.”