US Steel Agrees to Spend Millions to Settle Lawsuit Over Air Pollution Violations After 2018 Fire

HARRISBURG, Pa.—U.S. Steel has agreed to settle a lawsuit that accused the Pittsburgh-based company of violating federal clean air laws by operating plants without its desulfurization controls for more than three months, emitting clouds of sulfurous gas into surrounding towns.

The settlement with environmental groups Clean Air Council and PennEnvironment and the Allegheny County Health Department was filed in federal court Monday for a judge to review, the groups said.

PennEnvironment and the other plaintiffs accused the steel producer of more than 12,000 violations of its air pollution permits.

Under the settlement, U.S. Steel is agreeing to spend another $19.5 million in equipment upgrades and $5 million on local clean air efforts and programs. The settlement agreement says U.S. Steel already spent $17.5 million on improvements and upgrades to U.S. Steel’s Mon Valley Works plants after a 2018 Christmas Eve fire that damaged the pollution control equipment.

The environmental groups put the value of the settlement at $42 million.

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