Attorneys for plaintiffs in a federal air pollution case against US Steel said the three-month loss of pollution controls at the company’s Clairton Coke Works after a 2018 fire was a ‘complete failure’ by the company to follow clean air laws, and argued the company should be charged with over 12,000 violations. 

“It is so incredibly egregious and severe,” said Josh Kratka, an attorney for PennEnvironment and the Clean Air Council, in a virtual hearing before Judge W. Scott Hardy of U.S. District Court judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania in Pittsburgh. “It could not have led to this many permit violations had it not been a complete failure to implement mandatory clean air act limitations from three of the largest polluting sources in Allegheny County.”

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