ArcelorMittal agrees to pay $1.5M in coke plant lawsuit

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A subsidiary of European steel giant ArcelorMittal is agreeing to pay $1.5 million to settle a lawsuit over allegations that its western Pennsylvania coke plant showered the area with soot and other pollutants almost daily.

The environmental advocacy group PennEnvironment sued Wednesday and said it believes the penalty is the largest secured by a citizen lawsuit in Pennsylvania history under the federal Clean Air Act.

Federal and state officials and representatives of ArcelorMittal and PennEnvironment signed a 108-page proposed agreement filed in Pittsburgh’s federal court.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says ArcelorMittal also agreed to implement about $2 million in air pollution controls.

PennEnvironment sued in 2015, saying the plant in Monessen, about 25 miles south of Pittsburgh, had committed a variety of environmental violations since reopening in 2014.

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