PITTSBURGH (AP) -
Health officials are ordering U.S. Steel to stop its violation of federal
sulfur dioxide standards at three Pittsburgh-area processing plants
following a Christmas Eve fire that affected pollution control at one of its
County Health Department issued the enforcement order Thursday. It says U.S.
Steel must reduce its use of coke oven gas and daily sulfur dioxide
emissions at Mon Valley Works. Coke is a type of coal product commonly used
as industrial fuel.
spokeswoman Meghan Cox says the company made significant environmental
performance improvements before the fire and significant progress on repairs
since the fire. She said the plant is working around the clock to resolve
the issue. The Dec. 24 fire at the Clairton Coke Plant had disabled the
plantís coke gas processing operations and emissions increased.