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Clairton's ongoing battle for cleaner air in the shadow of a steel giant

In Clairton, Pennsylvania, a fierce debate rages over the environmental impact of the nation's largest coke plant, highlighting a clash between public health concerns and industrial interests.

Kiley Bense reports for Inside Climate News.

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Clairton Coke Works’ air quality permit draws EPA objection

The Environmental Protection Agency objected to an air quality permit issued to U.S. Steel's Clairton Coke Works, a move advocates say will protect Mon Valley residents from emissions of harmful air pollutants.

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U.S. Steel closing 3 coke batteries at its Clairton plant. Move is expected to lower emissions

U.S. Steel will begin closing three of its 10 remaining coke batteries at its Clairton plant later this month. It is expected to cut emissions by 15 to 20 percent.
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US Steel is trying to block Allegheny County’s new coke oven rules

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U.S. Steel seeks a home for $3 billion plant. How does Pittsburgh feel?
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U.S. Steel seeks a home for $3 billion plant. How does Pittsburgh feel?

After U.S. Steel's announcement, PublicSource checked in with local stakeholders to get their reaction.