Anti-pollution group pushes lawsuit against Shenango coke plant

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An anti-pollution group asked a federal judge today not to dismiss its suit against Shenango Inc., a Neville Island coke plant under various agreements with government agencies to reduce its emissions.

Lawyers for the Group Against Smog and Pollution, who filed their suit in May in U.S. District Court, disputed Shenango's contention that it is already addressing emission violations under a consent decree with state and federal agencies and an agreement with the Allegheny County Health Department.

Shenango last month asked the U.S. District Judge Cathy Bissoon to throw out the case on several grounds, saying the suit should be barred because the government is already taking action.

Under an agreement with the health department reached in April, the company must pay a $300,000 fine and spend more than $1 million on pollution control upgrades. The company is also under a federal and state consent decree from 2012 and says it is in compliance with mandates to reduce emissions.

But GASP says its suit should not be barred because the government actions don't go far enough in curtailing emissions from Shenango's coke oven doors and combustion stacks in violation of the Clean Air Act.


First Published August 7, 2014 12:00 AM

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