The ATI Flat Rolled Products facility in Brackenridge, also known as Allegheny Ludlum, is the second-most toxic air polluter in Allegheny County. Approximately 19,000 people live within three miles of this steel plant.
Despite the fact that the Allegheny County Health Department was required to issue a Clean Air Act operating permit for the facility 15 years ago, the county still has not issued it. This county permit would set stricter monitoring requirements for ATI Flat Rolled Products, allowing citizens and regulators to identify violations more quickly, such as the facility’s two Clean Air Act violations in 2017 – one for fugitive emissions (gas leaks from pressurized equipment) and one for particulate matter.
Also in 2017, PennEnvironment, along with the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP), the Clean Air Council and Group Against Smog and Pollution (GASP), filed a notice to sue this plant because its electric arc furnaces had for years been emitting sulfur oxides, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides and particulate matter at levels that violated the Clean Air Act. After the groups filed this notice, the Health Department invited ATI to apply for new, higher limits for these pollutants from the furnaces. In the fall of 2017, the Department issued a new draft operating permit that would dramatically increase the pollution that the furnaces and other processes at the plant are allowed to produce. Under the new draft permit, the plant would be allowed to release many times more pollution than ATI has recently reported.
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